Trapped and Drowning in My Things Compulsive Hoarding

Yesterday I spent the day with some truly fantastic social care learners from Telford and Wrekin council. The course was; compulsive hoarding and the support we can offer people who are ‘trapped and drowning in their things.’ Telford folks are rapidly becoming one of my favourite audiences, especially when they give me such amazing feedback.

It was very rewarding to be greeted by twenty-four learners who all wanted to know more about the subject AND put what they have learned into practice. It was pretty telling that each and every delegate had met someone who was hoarding and / or collecting way more things than they actually needed or wanted.

Telford and Wrekin’s feedback forms ask about satisfaction and each and every learner described the course as: very satisfying (the highest accolade!)

Some additional comments that I’ve collated included:

“Excellent training, very enjoyable day. As a result of this training I will continue to find out as much as possible regarding the subject.”

“The trainer (Steven) was knowledgeable and made it interesting, great presentation skills!”

“It was a really refreshing course, fab trainer and you can use these techniques in day to day life.”

“Really enjoyable course.”

“Very informative and interesting, thank you. I will think about how I communicate with customers.”

“VERY informative.”

“As a result of this training I will start to be able to work more effectively with service users who hoard.”

“The course has helped me with my confidence in hoarding.”

“Really useful exercises and knowledge.”

“I now feel more confident when talking about hoarding.”

“Fantastic training and delivery, thoroughly enjoyed it.”

“I’m really going to think about the families that we describe as chaotic.”

“Very good and interactive trainer with plenty of examples and group engagement, which really encouraged engagement.”

“The work completed during the training can be used directly with the clients that I work with and can be easily shared with my colleagues.”

“As a result of this training I will start using the approaches directed by the trainer when supporting people.”

“As a result of the training I was stop making assumptions about people who hoard.”

As a result of this training I will start thinking about reasons why people hoard rather than just assuming they’re messy / collectors. I’ll use my motivational interviewing skills.”

“As a result of this training I will continue to work with clients on addressing the best possible outcomes for them.”