Beginning January 1, 2019, The Hoarding Project, a non-profit organization that has served the Western Washington area since 2011, will be closing its doors. This decision was made jointly by The Hoarding Project’s board of directors in consideration of a variety of factors, the largest of which was that the organization’s trajectory over the past couple of years has steered toward increasing training, education, and consultation services, which do not require or necessitate a 501(c)(3) tax status.
Training and Education Services
While The Hoarding Project will no longer be operating as a non-profit group, we will still be offering our educational and training services through the newly formed THP Consulting, based out of our Tacoma offices.
If your organization is interested in hosting a training on any of the topics listed below or another subject that is relevant to your agency's work, please contact us THP@northwestrelationships.com for information about pricing and scheduling.
We proudly continue this work in the effort to promote an effective, ethical, and sustainable response to hoarding in communities, through research, education and prevention, and collaborative approaches to treatment. We have developed and presented trainings on a large variety of topics related to hoarding, including:
• Foundations of Hoarding Disorder: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Strategies for Mental Health Professionals
• Hoarding Disorder: Assessment and Treatment Approaches for Service Professionals
• Hoarding and the Brain: Understanding Neurobiological and Cognitive Differences in People who Hoard
• Collaborative Work with Hoarding Disorder
• It Takes a Village: Establishing Task Forces for Managing Hoarding-Related Issues in Local Communities
• Safety Day: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Approaching Mandatory Hoarding Clean Outs
• Hoarding and the Aging Population
• Hoarding, Fair Housing, and Reasonable Accommodations
• Eviction Diversion for Tenants at Risk of Failing Inspection
...and many more!
Please contact us for more information.
Tacoma Area Therapy Services
Mental health therapy services will be referred through Northwest Relationships, a Tacoma-based therapy practice with clinicians trained to work with clients who hoard and their families. Unfortunately, we will no longer be offering in-home therapy sessions for new clients.
To schedule an in-office appointment at our Tacoma office with one of the Northwest Relationships therapists, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 253-292-1216.
Area support groups will continue to be facilitated by the staff from Northwest Relationships.
• Family and Friends of People who Hoard: 3rd Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:00pm
Individuals who Hoard: 3rd Tuesday from 7:00 to 8:00pm
Consultation and Referral Services
Starting in 2019, THP Consulting will only be providing fee-for-service consultationservices ($150 per hour). Please contact Leslie Shapiro at THP@northwestrelationships.com if you would like to schedule a paid phone consultation session.
All other referral or consultation inquiries may be directed to:
We are excited to announce that Full Life Care will be taking over the facilitation of the King/Pierce County Hoarding Task Force in 2019! Please keep an eye out for emails about the new meeting schedule.
If you would like to be added to the mailing list for the task force meetings, please contact Riley at Full Life Care.
Q: I have a family member who hoards and needs help! Where do I turn?
A: We understand that this can be a frustrating and difficult situation. There is no one "right" way to proceed, but it can be helpful to go in understanding the situation. Our suggestion is to always to lead with your care and concern in addressing their safety. Safety is the key place to start, because everything else can follow. Also turning the focus to safety can move the conversation to objective statements (including needing pathways, unblocked entrances/exits, sanitary conditions, non-flammables, etc) instead of subjective statements often involving heightened emotions. Involving other resources can be helpful so you are not doing all the work alone, as long as the outside resources are understanding and concerned as well. The biggest thing about proceeding is making sure to involve the person who hoards as much as possible in the process to help ensure progress and not a step back. Research has shown that forced clean outs, or situations where others have taken the cleaning process into their own hands without involving the person who hoards, are experienced as traumatic by the person who hoards because of their attachment to the items and the protection the items provide. This trauma response is seen by the home returning to a similar or worse condition in a short period of time. Discussing options and providing resources around therapy and support can be helpful for them proceeding as well. Support groups can be a helpful resource for family and friends as well.
Q: I have a neighbor who hoards and this is causing problems. Help!
A: This can be a tough situation indeed. The best advice for how to proceed may depend on your relationship with your neighbor. If you have a relationship with your neighbor(s), you may consider respectfully speaking with them about your concerns in person. If you do not have a relationship with your neighbor(s), you may want to contact your condo association to see if they have any policies in place for managing a hoarding situation. If problems related to your neighbor's hoarding are creating an unsafe or unpleasant living environment for you, then your association is likely responsible for taking action. That said, many condo associations may not know how to directly manage hoarding situations; if they need some direction, please feel free to have them contact us for consultation.
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