WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Hoarding Disorder is a pervasive, debilitating illness which is often under diagnosed. This mental illness can have profound effect on family members and lead to public health considerations. Treatment of this disorder can be very difficult. The poor insight displayed in this disorder often makes it difficult to encourage individuals struggling with hoarding issues to seek treatment.

Continuing Education Session: Mental health professionals and graduate students in relevant programs are encouraged to attend the continuing education session of the program. Dr. Frost has conducted extensive research in the field of Hoarding Disorder as well as treating numerous individuals struggling to regain control of their lives. His expertise in this field is widely recognized. Dr. Hudak has extensive experience in treating Hoarding Disorder and is recognized nationally for his knowledge on medication for OCD and OC Spectrum Disorders. Vickie Dellaquila works with clients in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area to help them regain some order in their lives and speaks extensively about the role of professional organizers for Hoarding Disorder.

The OCFWPA also believes that well informed patients are better able to participate in the treatment of their disorder. We therefore invite people diagnosed with Hoarding Disorder and their families/friends to attend the full conference understanding that during the continuing education session of the program, material presented will be technical in nature.

Open Question and Answer Session: Intended for individuals without clinical training to gain information from the faculty and ask general questions in a less formal environment. Individuals may attend this session alone or in combination with the continuing education session.

Clinicians may also benefit from attendance at this session by gaining an awareness of the concerns of both patients and family members dealing with these issues on a day to day basis. However, as we anticipate the open session to be of great interest to members of our community, we ask clinicians to only attend this session on a space available basis.

WE THANK STAUNTON FARM FOUNDATION FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THE OPEN QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION.