S98: Problematic hoarding and learning from lived experience.

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Authors: Leanne Craze, Julie Davenport, Judith Nicholas, Douglas Holmes

Year: 2017

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Lived Experience, Recovery,Service Systems, Delivery, Implementation,Trauma-informed care

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: This paper has been developed by members of The Collectives, a Lived Experience Leadership Group of the Parramatta Project Uncover which was established in February 2016. The workshop will outline the experience The Collectives as a model for organisations seeking to improve the effectiveness of the practice of staff working with people experiencing problematic hoarding. Key sections of the paper will include: why Project Uncover – uncovering what for whom and why; how The Collectives was established and what it does; the importance of language in addressing stigma associated with the experiencing of hoarding and squalor; the importance of trauma informed care when seeking to assist a person with too many possessions; and the accounts of lived experience about what helps, hinders and gets in the way of recovery; helpful approaches and resources; and the group's recommendations for practice and service development.

Learning Objectives
Learning Objective 1: People in the audience will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss a model for including and drawing on the voice of people with lived experience of problematic hoarding. People in the audience will be able to reflect on practice skills and strategies for effectively engaging and assisting people with problematic hoarding based on the experience and expertise of a group of people who are recovering and learning to manage problematic hoarding.

Learning Objective 2: Those attending will learn from people with lived experience of hoarding disorder, the range treatment, care and support they have found helpful in recovery journeys. During the conference members of the Collectives and project team will be available to answer questions during this final session.

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Tolin, D.F., Frost, R.O., & G. Steketee(2014). Buried in Treasures: Help for compulsive acquiring, saving and hoarding, 2nd Ed, Oxford University Press

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