A Harm-Reduction Approach to Hoarding Disorder

9:00 am - 12:15 pm
CEUs: $ 50.00
No CEUs: $ 25.00
3.0 CEUs available for:

  • LSW/LISW/SWA (CSWMFT #: RSX069601)

  • Nurses ​(via reciprocity with the CSWMFT board)




Hoarding disorder is a potentially life-threatening and common mental disorder with significant negative impacts upon individuals, families, and communities at large.  It is also notoriously difficult to treat, in part due to poor insight and low motivation to change. Harm Reduction has been demonstrated as an effective intervention for hoarding when clinical treatment is not.
This interactive workshop is geared toward clinical and human service professionals with a pre-existing understanding of hoarding disorder. Primary focus will be upon what “successful” intervention with hoarding looks like and how—collaboratively—we get there.  Expect to hear, “Do you want to be right or do you want to be effective?,” a lot. 


  • Possess an expanded breadth and depth of knowledge of the consequences of hoarding, including homelessness and death
  • Have a clear working conceptualization of Harm Reduction for hoarding
  • Be able to list the benefits of harm reduction intervention vs clinical intervention
  • Reduction and CBT for hoarding disorder and discern which intervention is most appropriate for their client
  • Possess increased knowledge of the roles and relationships between an individual’s hoarding behavior and local governmental and housing authorities

About the Speaker: Gabrielle Faggella

Gabrielle Faggella earned her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Kent State University and her M.S.S.A. from Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University.  She is the Owner and President of Palladium Counseling Group, Inc. in Fairlawn where she works with individuals, couples, and families dealing with anxiety, OCD, and related disorders.  She also provides professional continuing education and medical educational consultation.  Previously she was the Owner and President of GFLISW, Inc. where she provided assessment, diagnosis, and psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families, and groups across the lifespan, provided community and professional continuing education, and medical educational consultation.


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 (in-person) at least 15 minutes prior to the class start time.  

SOCIAL WORKERS: 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.  LICENSED NURSING HOME ADMINISTRATORS: full participation is expected, no partial credit will be awarded. 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.