The New Face of
Hoarding & Trauma



Hoarding is a family disease that affects more than just the person actually suffering from the disorder. We know that our ancestors were hunters and gatherers for reasons of survival. In our modern society, this gathering or keeping instinct in extreme situations threatens the very survival that it was meant to resolve. It is estimated that between 15 and 16 million people in the U.S. are currently suffering with hoarding behaviors. Hoarding has been with us since the beginning of time, yet we have much to learn about it clinically.

This workshop will concentrate on three areas. Professionals will be presented with a number of assessment and treatment protocols used by this presenter since 2010. When professionals can explain the similarities and differences of these areas to clients and families they are more likely to follow through with change.

  1. Hoarding Behaviors… do we all have them?
  2. Chronic Disorganization… coined by Judith Kolberg
  3. Hoarding Disorder… DSM-5

Learning objectives: 

Participants will gain knowledge about:

  1. Therapeutically why, during this COVID pandemic hoarding behaviors immediately came forward.
  2. Explain to clients how, by understanding their brain and how it stores traumatic memories; they can understand why they save, buy, store, stack, hide, keep, valuable and useless stuff.
  3. What are useful hoarding and trauma assessments?
  4. Be able to use tools from 3 evidence based platforms to teach clients that they can learn skills to stay present opposed to react to a trauma trigger from the past.
  5. Mindfulness (to teach urge reduction)
  6. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to teach self -care and enhance new skills
  7. Cognitive Distortions from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to counter the lies they tell themselves

About the Presenter:

Dr. Barbara Jo Dennison, Ph.D., LISW-S received her doctorate in psychology from California Southern University and her undergraduate, and graduate degrees in social work from The Ohio State University, is the owner of Dennison & Associates, Inc. a wellness firm in Powell, Ohio. She has served as an adjunct facility instructor for Capital University and for The Ohio State University. She has over 30 years of professional experience working with families in crisis situations, and first responders after traumatic events.

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The New Face of Hoarding & Trauma

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
1:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. (PM Session)


Presenter: Dr. Barbara Dennison, PhD, LISW-S
Cost $45.00 / 3 CEUs for
Counselors and Social Workers

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