Groundbreaking Workshop for Friends & Families of Hoarders

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Friends and family are the most neglected and abused casualties of hoarders...The trash, the evictions, the heartbreak and loss are all elements of what it means to live with or to love a person who hoards. Popular national television shows have brought the disorder of hoarding into the mainstream, and exposed the pain of this misunderstood mental disorder. A groundbreaking workshop addresses these issues, providing education and resources to cope.

There are ten warning signs that your loved one may have a hoarding problem, according to Dr. Michael Tompkins of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy. Examples include neglected home repairs, parts of the house “off limits” with blinds drawn, failure to pay bills on time or at all, and/or not letting friends or family touch or borrow possessions.

The popularity of television shows such as Hoarders, Enough Already with Peter Walsh, and Clean House suggests a growing awareness and concern for this emerging crisis. Friends and family of hoarders are the most neglected and abused casualties of hoarding disorder.

Dr. Regina Lark and Professional Organizer Leslie Haber have designed an intensive one-day workshop to provide resources and strategies for friends and families of people who hoard.

As professional organizers in Los Angeles specializing in hoarding, OCD, and the chronically disorganized, Lark and Haber recognize the growing need to provide understanding, education and assistance to those with a hoarder in their lives. Their goal is to help friends and family members take correct, sensible steps in improving relationships with their loved one and to become a viable support system for them while maintaining healthy boundaries and self-care.

Lark and Haber, both board members on the Los Angeles Chapter of NAPO, The National Association of Professional Organizers (http://www.napola.org) are veteran professional organizers. They work with their clients’ therapists and doctors, and are familiar and experienced in all aspects of extreme hoarding including the enormous impact hoarding has on family and friends.

In addition to family members and friends, Lark and Haber encourage therapists, social workers, caregivers, and professionals who work with seniors to attend the workshop. Providers will earn Continuing Education credits (CEUs).

Visit:             http://www.HelpForHoardersWorkshop.com for detailed event info
Date:             Saturday March 19th, 9-4pm
Place:            Westwood, CA
Website:     http://www.HelpForHoardersWorkshop.com.
CEU Certificate of Completion provided.

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