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Bucks County to Participate in Upcoming Hoarding Symposium

October 5, 2012

Bucks County to Participate in Upcoming Hoarding Symposium

The Bucks County Commissioners, in collaboration with the Bucks County Behavioral Health System, the Bucks County Hoarding Task Force and Delaware Valley College, are holding a seminar intended to teach the challenges and assessment of Hoarding Disorders. "Effective Approaches to Hoarding Disorders" will be held October 29, 2012 at Delaware Valley College, from 8:30 am to noon.

The keynote speaker for the event, Dr. Gail Steketee, is Dean and Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work. Dr. Steketee has published over 200 articles, 14 books, and was on the New York Times non-fiction best seller list for, "Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things," co-authored with Randy Frost.

Hoarding is a serious mental health problem in adults which includes acquiring too many objects, or animals; difficulty getting rid of items that are no longer useful or needed; and excessive clutter which interferes with normal uses of space. The symptoms of hoarding may cause impairment in functioning and significant distress to the person with the disorder, as well as those living with/near them. During the symposium, ways of assessing the symptoms along with community strategies for reducing the behavior will be discussed.

Three Continuing Education Units (CEU's) are being offered for attending the seminar, in the fields of Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Counseling. More information will be available and distributed on the day of the conference.

There is no fee for the event; however, you must register by Monday, October 15, 2012. For more information on the seminar, please contact Jacqui D'Ambra at 215-444-2707 or jrdambra@co.bucks.pa.us.