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Compulsive Hoarding: Conceptualizing and Treating the Chaos

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Pam Kaczmarek, PsyD, LPC
5 Hours 24 Minutes
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Jul 22, 2013
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A Complex and Unique Disorder
Previous treatments for hoarding have been vastly ineffective due in part to a lack of formal definition of the diagnostic criteria, deficits of applied research, faulty case conceptualization, and scant treatment interventions. With the recent release of the DSM-5, in which Hoarding Disorder has finally been identified as its own disorder, appropriate clinical treatment interventions can now be guided by these revisions. The continual increase of media attention brings an onslaught of clients seeking clinical interventions from professional mental health care providers who are vastly unprepared to treat this rapidly growing and misunderstood population. Although hoarding has traditionally been considered a symptom dimension within OCD and OCPD, recent research findings has proved otherwise and led to the latest DSM-5 revisions. Patients who hoard do not respond similarly to the psychotherapies or pharmacological treatments used for other OCD manifestations. Instead, a multimodal cognitive-behavioral and medication approach has been shown to have a much greater success rate in the treatment of compulsive hoarding.

This recording helps participants conceptualize the chaos specific to hoarding and learn treatment strategies that actually improve patient outcomes. Course work delves into the phenomenology associated with hoarding and OCD and investigates their similarities and differences. This recording covers both assessment and interventions, including case studies that illustrate the findings and prepare you to truly help your clients who hoard. Participants benefit from videos, group exercises, and adult learning theory methods. Don't miss this valuable opportunity.



This online program is worth 5.5 hours CPD.



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Pam Kaczmarek, PsyD, LPC, is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 20 years of experience. She earned a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago as well as a Master of Arts in Clinical Professional Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Dr. Kaczmarek's expertise includes Compulsive Hoarding, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic, Phobias, OC Spectrum Disorders, Anxiety, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Her doctoral dissertation was entitled Conceptualizing the Chaos behind Compulsive Hoarding: Nosological Considerations, Clinical Implications, and Future Directions.

Dr. Kaczmarek's previous academia training includes an externship in adult neuropsychology at The Memory Center: The University of Chicago Center for Comprehensive Care and Research on Memory Disorders as well as a full year externship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Stone Institute of Psychiatry Outpatient Treatment Center in Chicago. She completed her clinical psychology internship and post-doc years at a large non-profit hospital consortium in Wisconsin where she currently works with patients in an outpatient setting. Additionally, she sees patients and provides training and consulting through her private practice Pronk Professional Services, LLC.

Dr. Kaczmarek received specialized training in treating OCD from the BTTI (Behavior Therapy Training Institute) and International OCD Foundation, which address such challenging issues as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Compulsive Hoarding Disorder, and a variety of OC Spectrum Disorders. Additionally, she is trained in EMDR and Somatic Experiencing© by Peter Levine. For more information about Dr. Kaczmarek, visit her website:


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Pamela Kaczmarek maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Pamela Kaczmarek is a member of the American Psychological Association; American Counseling Association; and EMDRIA.


  1. Explore the new DSM-5 criteria for Hoarding Disorder and distinguish Axis I OCD from Axis II Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)
  2. Recognize the behavioral and cognitive symptoms associated with hoarding
  3. Identify the unique complex characteristics of hoarding, including brain structural differences
  4. Examine the differences between organic hoarding (brain damage) and the hoarding in Hoarding Disorder
  5. Gain an overview of cognitive-behavioral and biopsychosocial perspectives on hoarding including etiological theories, possible vulnerability factors, course of disorder over the lifetime, and the impact of age and gender
  6. Determine what diagnostic tools can assist in proper assessment
  7. Discuss specific interventions for hoarding that are used by top researchers and clinicians
  8. Gain confidence with treatment planning for hoarding clients



  • Brief history of hoarding
  • Previous working and current definition of hoarding disorder with possible case vignette
  • Understanding what leads to clutter
  • Understanding what's most commonly hoarded
  • Understanding how items collect and are acquired
  • Common hoarding features
  • Identify unique hoarding characteristics
  • Neurocognitive deficits commonly seen in hoarding
  • Behaviors of compulsive hoarding
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) model for hoarding
  • Compulsive hoarding vs. OCD
  • Hoarding vs. collecting: compare & contrast
  • Hoarding in context to animal hoarding
  • Risk factors in compulsive hoarding
  • Trauma and& hoarding
  • Basic demographics
  • Impact of culture
  • Distinguish Axis I OCD from Axis II Obsessive- Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)
  • Understanding obsessions vs. compulsions in OCD


  • Nosological considerations and clinical considerations that led to the DSM-5 reclassification of hoarding
  • Co-morbid diagnoses—including Axis I & II disorders
  • Organic hoarding vs. Hoarding Disorder
  • Level of insight in hoarding vs. non-hoarding OCD
  • Thinking styles, beliefs about possessions, and avoidance patterns
  • Egosyntonic vs Egodystonic considerations
  • Assessment tools specific to hoarding


  • Understanding the role of insight in treating compulsive hoarding
  • Demos and simulated exercise
  • Stages of change and examples with compulsive hoarders
  • Motivational interviewing for hoarding clients
  • Brief discussion about brain structure differences
  • Medications
  • Value of psycho-education


  • Session sequence suggestion
  • CBT treatment planning model outline
  • Treating acquiring and discarding
  • Treating organization problems
  • Overview of cognitive restructuring with hoarding patients
  • Downward Arrow technique
  • Behavioral experiment as tool with hoarders
  • Somatic awareness as possible novel strategy
  • Compulsive hoarding group work
  • Watch outs!
  • Must dos!
  • Minimizing Relapse

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Physicians
  • Educators



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 2


Henry O

"Fantastic and thank you for keeping it positive, humorous and encouraging for ALL. "

George W

"Fantastic seminar, and very helpful in my practice."

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