David F. Tolin, Ph.D., ABPP
Hincks-Dellcrest Centre - Gail Appel Institute, Trauma & Resiliency Training
The aim of this workshop is to familiarize you with compulsive hoarding, a common and potentially severe mental health problem characterized by acquisition of, and failure to discard, a large number of possessions to the extent that living spaces become uninhabitable. We will review emerging data investigating the nature of hoarding, associated mental health features, and new research findings regarding brain function in people who hoard.
To date, compulsive hoarding has frustrated mental health and social service workers due to its apparently chronic and treatment-resistant nature. Many hoarders are reluctant to seek help, and even those who do seek help frequently resist therapists' efforts to intervene. Clinical studies, therefore, have consistently shown a poor response to psychological and pharmacologic treatments. Recently, however, a new model of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has emerged based on our increasing understanding of hoarding. In this workshop, you will learn specific skills to increase patients' motivation and compliance, challenge maladaptive ways of thinking, and learn new behavior patterns. We will also discuss possibilities for further development of the CBT model, including augmentation with cognition-enhancing exercises and medications as well as the collaboration between mental health professionals and paraprofessionals.
Following this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Discuss the epidemiology and features of compulsive hoarding.
2. Describe the economic and social impact of compulsive hoarding.
3. Describe current neurobiological models of compulsive hoarding.
4. Outline a cognitive-behavioral model of compulsive hoarding.
5. Implement motivational interviewing strategies for patients who hoard.
6. Create a cognitive-behavioral treatment plan for hoarding patients.
David Tolin, Ph.D., ABPP is the Founder and Director of the Anxiety Disorders Center at The Institute of Living and Adjunct Associate Professor at Yale University School of Medicine. He is the recent recipient of the Award for Distinguished Contribution to the science of psychology from the Connecticut Psychological Association. Dr. Tolin is the author of over 100 journal articles, books, and book chapters, and his research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Tolin has been a recurrent guest on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. A leading expert on compulsive hoarding, Dr. Tolin is the author of the book Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding. Dr. Tolin was featured on the A&E television series Hoarders, and was featured in the VH-1 series The OCD Project in Summer 2010.
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