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.

In this training we will touch on some of the traumas that underlie the disorder. This type of psychosocial data collection is useful when prescribing a trauma informed intervention for the comprehension and treatment of this complex disorder.

Learning objectives: 

Participants will leave this training with a working knowledge of the following.

  • DSM 5 diagnostic criteria for hoarding disorder.
  • Assessment tools, early intervention is key.
  • Overview of the autonomic nervous system, how the sympathetic portion overwhelms the para sympathetic system and can disrupt thinking and behaviors, causing people to over purchase items or keep to many items.
  • Best practices: cognitive and somatic interventions for the prevention of hoarding.

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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