“Understanding Hoarding Behaviors”

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Date(s) - 07/20/2020
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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Description: Hoarding behaviors have become a fascination to many, unfortunately hoarding is a social, mental health and overall concern.  Individuals who hoard have sentimental attachment to the things they collect. They have difficulty discarding belongings due to the emotional attachment and belief they may need the items at some other point in their life. This program will discuss hoarding as a disease, as well as hoarding behaviors, demographics, assessment and treatment. Understanding the complexity of treatment for individuals who have “hoarding” behaviors will be discussed.  The need for development of “hoarding task forces” will be discusses emphasizing a cross system collaborative approach.



  • Describe hoarding as a mental health and social issue
  • Critique “hoarding” in the DSM 5
  • Demonstrate the complexity of treatment for individuals who have “hoarding” behaviors
  • Discuss the importance of cross system collaborative approaches when working with individuals with “hoarding” behaviors
  • Analyze the needs of a community-based “hoarding task force”



1:00 – 1:15 PM Understanding Hoarding Behaviors

  • Demographics
  • Characteristics
  • Current research
  • DSM 5 diagnosis


1:15 – 1:45 PM Assessment

  • Saving Inventory-Revised tool (Frost)
  • Clutter Image Rating Scale (Frost)
  • HOMES Assessment (Bratiotis)


1:45 – 2:30  Intervention

  • Antidepressant medications for co-morbid disorders
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • “Teaching” and Developing Skills


2:30 – 3:00  Developing Hoarding Task Forces


3:00 – 3:30 PM Case discussion

Please note the webinar will be held 1:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern Time


This 2 ½ hour program will be offered to any individual, clinician or family member. It is presented at an intermediate level but due to the importance of the subject matter questions will be addressed and answered to include all levels of community participation.


The webinar will be offered Monday, July 20, 2020 Due to the National Emergency of Covid-19 Optimize Aging has decreased the registration fees to $35; plus, an additional $25 if you are requesting continuing education credits.


Continuing Education Credits: 

  • Continuing Education Credit has been approved by Commonwealth Educational Seminars for 2.5 contact hours the following professions:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Social Workers:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

If applicable: Social Workers – New York State

Commonwealth Educational Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers. #SW-0444.


As an American Psychological Association (APA) approved provider, CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). These courses can be utilized by nurses to renew their certification and will be accepted by the ANCC. Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa, however CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider # CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing.


  • This program has been submitted for approval for 2.5 contact hours by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers (NACCM) for a total of 2.5 continuing education contact hours.


  • This webinar has submitted for approval for 2.5 Continuing education credits to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, for Personal Care Home Administrators


ALL educational programs will be taught by Linda Shumaker, RN-BC, M.A.

Ms. Shumaker is a gerontological certified registered nurse who is a private consultant as well as currently in clinical practice in Harrisburg Pennsylvania.  She has previous served as Outreach Coordinator of the Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition.  In 2005, as founding Executive Director of the Coalition, she advocated for funding and received over $325,000 to outreach and educate older adults regarding behavioral health issues.  She introduced policies to encourage the Mental Health and Aging’s “systems” of care to work cooperatively to serve older adults with behavioral health issues.  Ms. Shumaker also served as the Executive Director of Prevent Suicide PA, a statewide nonprofit to support those affected by suicide, provide education, awareness and understanding by collaborating the community to prevent suicide and reduce the stigma associated with suicide. Ms. Shumaker spearheaded Pennsylvania’s Older Adult Suicide Prevention Plan, one of the first in the country, as well as advocating and obtaining a Mental Health Bulletin ensuring that adults with dementia and secondary psychiatric symptoms have access to mental health treatment.  Ms. Shumaker also has worked at the Central Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA.  Ms. Shumaker has extensive clinical experience working in community mental health, geriatric assessment teams and in long-term care.   In addition, she has been an instructor of psychiatry at the Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine, co-chair and founding member of the Pennsylvania Mental Health and Aging Coalition.  She has served as a member of the Older Adult Committee of Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Planning Council and a member of the Long-Term Care Subcommittee of the Medical Assistance Advisory Committee. Ms. Shumaker has also served on the Ethics Committee of Temple University’s Protective Service Institute. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania State Alzheimer’s Association and the Advisory Board for the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.  Ms. Shumaker’s “special interests” include ethical and social policy issues in relation to the care of the elderly with behavioral health problems.

Grievance Policy

Optimize Aging, LLC seeks to ensure equitable treatment of very person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner.  Please submit a written grievance to:  Linda Shumaker, optimizeaging@gmail.com. Grievance would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.

For any need special accommodations, please contact Linda Shumaker at optimizeaging@gmail.com.