Group Treatment for Hoarding Disorder: Therapist Guide

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Oxford University Press, 2014 - Psychology - 364 pages
For the first time, Hoarding Disorder (HD) is now recognized as a distinct disorder in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), separate from OCD. HD has also received much more attention and exposure in recent years. Consequently, more people will be recommended for treatment, increasing the demand and need for clinicians who deliver this specialized intervention.

Group Treatment for Hoarding Disorder: Therapist Guide outlines a cognitive-behavioral therapy program for HD using a group model. Clinicians deliver group therapy over 20 weekly sessions of 1.5 to 2 hours each. A single experienced clinician can lead the group or a co-therapy model can be used with two clinicians, one experienced and one in training. Groups of 6 to 8 participants:

· receive education about HD and about the CBT model
· discuss therapy goals and personal values
· practice motivational enhancement methods including identifying barriers to progress
· receive training in organizing and problem-solving about hoarding problems
· learn cognitive therapy strategies to reduce problematic hoarding beliefs and to replace acquiring with more adaptive behaviors
· practice sorting, removing clutter, and not acquiring, beginning with easier tasks
· and identify in-home supports.

Final sessions focus on reviewing the most effective therapy methods, coping with change, and highlighting strategies for maintaining gains. Group members use the Treatment for Hoarding Disorder: Workbook, Second Edition to assist with practice exercises. All of the necessary forms and worksheets are provided in the books and online. Treatment proceeds in a flexible session-by-session fashion with attention to group process. Written for psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, counselors, and psychiatric nurses, this Therapist Guide will promote effective group treatment of people with hoarding disorder.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Chapter 2 Group Formation and Assessment
12
Chapter 3 Group Process
25
Introduction and Education
40
ModelBuilding
51
Motivation
74
Goals and Treatment Planning
93
Reducing Acquisition
106
Cognitive Therapy Skills for Letting Go
201
Coaching and Letting Go
210
NonAcquisition Practice
220
Barriers to Progress
231
Maintaining Systems and Gains
244
Review of Treatment Methods
252
Assessment and Review of Progress
261
Graduation and Next Steps
270

More on Acquisition
114
Exposure Practice for NonAcquisition
127
Decisions about Saving and Discarding
138
More on Decisions about Saving and Discarding
149
Skills Training for Organizing
163
Organizing Paper
174
Cognitive Strategies
183
Appendices
273
References
343
Readings and Resources
349
About the Authors
355
Index
359
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Jordana Muroff, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Social Work in the Clinical Practice Department. Trained in cognitive behavioral therapy methods (CBT), Dr. Muroff is a licensed social worker and trained psychologist with extensive clinical experience. Her research on mental health interventions has established the efficacy of group treatment for hoarding disorder.

Patty Underwood, MSW, is a licensed independent clinical social worker in Massachusetts and a highly experienced clinician at Riverside Community Care, a large community-based mental health agency. She is a part-time lecturer at Boston University School of Social Work (BUSSW), teaching courses in clinical practice. She also serves on the Dean's Advisory Board at the Boston University School of Social Work.

Gail Steketee, PhD, is Dean and Professor of the Boston University School of Social Work. Her research has focused on understanding the causes and consequences of obsessive-compulsive (OC) spectrum conditions, especially hoarding disorder, and on developing and testing evidence-based treatments for these conditions.

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