Hoarding is a complex, often long-term mental health disorder and usually consisting of excessive clutter, difficulty in getting rid of items when they are no longer useful or needed and/or excessive buying/other acquiring and difficulty organising possessions. Hoarding becomes a concern when people collect and keep things to the point where it encroaches significantly on their living space, which cannot be properly used, and where it presents health and safety risks, as well as causes stress and impacts on day to day living.
Hoarding can make life a misery for individuals and their families, affecting health and lifestyle, and posing a significant risk of fire and other dangers. Research suggests that 25% of accidental domestic fire deaths involve hoarding. Hoarding affects the whole family, making it difficult to receive social visits and in extreme cases, affecting living space and basic freedoms such as space in which to do homework or even sleep. Other challenges in hoarded homes can include restricted entry and exit, difficulties gaining access to gas and electricity areas, water leaks, mould, and rat and other infestations. Financial implications may include not having access to paperwork, leading to unpaid bills and other complications. Previously viewed as part of obsessive-compulsive disorder, hoarding disorder was recognised as a mental health disorder within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in May 2013.
This training provides an introduction to hoarding disorder and illustrates the impact it has on those affected by hoarding. It also provides a better understanding of the causes of hoarding behaviour and how it affects people.
At the end of this training you will be aware of:
• What is hoarding (mental health classification) • Hoarding or chronic disorganisation? • Who the disorder can affect and possible triggers • How individuals and families live under these conditions • Case Studies • Multi-agency working, self neglect, and the Care Act • How to assess and plan a strategy • Use of the Clutter Image Ratings (CIR’s) • Risk factors • Do’s and Don’ts • Certification is provided upon completion of the course.
This is a full day's training course and will be between 9.30am and 4.30pm. Refreshments and lunch will be provided on the day.