Hoarding 101: Separating Fact from Fiction 

9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
3.0 CEUs

  • LSW/LISW/SWA (CSWMFT #: RSX069601)
  • LPC/LPCC (CSWMFT #: RCX031303)
  • Nurses (via reciprocity with the CSWMFT board)

Although it took 61 years for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM) to officially recognize hoarding as its own discrete (and billable) mental disorder, the reality is that hoarding as a disorder has been with us as long as there has been "stuff" to hold onto. Hoarding disorder is a significant problem for 4-5% of the general population and affects all life domains, but its effects are not limited to the individual. The consequences of this complex illness often negatively impact family and community, including housing and first responders. During this workshop, we'll examine hoarding disorder from a biopsychosocial perspective - including the role of trauma - and separate fact from fiction. Participants will learn to evaluate hoarding disorder as well as cognitive and behavioral strategies to utilize with those suffering with this condition. The workshop will include didactic and experiential learning.


  • List the 3 necessary criteria that define hoarding disorder
  • Become familiar with the underlying characteristics of those with hoarding disorder
  • Understand the functions of hoarding behaviors
  • Be able to recognize signs and symptoms of hoarding disorder
  • Be able to list evidence-based intervention options

About the Speaker:  Gabrielle Faggella, LISW-S, ACSW

Gabrielle is a clinical social worker and owner of Palladium Counseling, a private practice specializing exclusively in the treatment of OCD and the Related Disorders, including Hoarding Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, and Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University, she has advanced training in motivational interviewing, cognitive and dialectical behavior therapies, and completed the International OCD Foundation Behavior Therapy Training Institute as well as the Professional Training Institute of the TLC Foundation. In addition to clinical practice, she is the President of OCD-Midwest, the official affiliate of the International OCD Foundation, covering Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana, and serves on the Steering committee of the Summit County ADM Hoarding Task Force, as well as the Executive Committee of her local NASW-OH chapter.

Gabrielle enjoys mentoring early career social workers and providing professional education and consultation in medical and academic settings; she is passionate about the role social workers play in the lives of our clients, our communities, and our society at large.  In 2017, she was named Social Worker of the Year for NASW Ohio Region 2.


Class sizes are limited, so register early.  Classes with low registrations may be canceled.  If the class is canceled or moved, participants will be contacted via email at least 24 hours in advance.

Classes start and end on time.  To ensure a quality experience for all, please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the class start time and find a seat.  CEU credits will be adjusted 0.25 credit hours for every 15 minutes not in attendance; adjusted certificates will be emailed to participants within 3 business days after the training.  Hard copies of certificates will be mailed upon request.

It is difficult to control room temperature to everyone's comfort level.  We suggest you dress in layers that can be adaptable to warm and cool temperatures.

For auditing purposes, arrival and departure times and signature are required on attendance sheets.