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Understanding the Secret World of Hoarders

A Certificate Course for Clinicians

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👉Do you have patients who struggle with hoarding behaviors?

👉Do you feel as though you are out of your depth when it comes to patients who hoard?

👉Do you feel that you could be a valuable resource to them, if only you had the right training?

Look no further.

This course will give you practical information and skills to help you support hoarders in your therapy practice.

Hoarding is the obsessive collection of objects that seem useless to almost everyone else. It includes the inability to get rid of any of their objects and a resulting state of distress or peril. Someone who hoards may exhibit inability to throw away possessions and severe anxiety when attempting to discard items. Hoarding is a disorder diagnosable by a therapist. 2-5% of the population have this problem. There are 5 levels of hoarding- including level 5 that can consist of blocked rooms, pathways, animal, human waste.

There are many different types of hoarders, which include:

☑️animal hoarders

☑️information hoarders

☑️trash/garbage hoarders


This course will take you through everything you need to know about this complex disorder. Our lessons include:

📚Introduction to hoarders

📚Description of the average hoarder and their family system

📚Stages of hoarding

📚DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria

📚Treatment Methods For Hoarding

📚Case Vignettes & Resources


When you complete the course, you will be awarded a certificate, which will signify that you have received this training. You will be able to work with your patients with the confidence, compassion, and skill necessary to provide support as they work to improve their lives.



Carol Adkisson, LMFT is an author, speaker, teacher and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is the owner of a private practice and founder/Chief Executive Officer of a non-profit, The Trauma and Healing Foundation in Fontana. She also is an author of a number of books including “Recovering My Life, a Personal Bariatric Story.” She co-developed and participates in a podcast entitled “Curious Intentions.” Carol specializes in anxiety, depression, trauma, couples therapy, ADHD, substance issues, immigration, psychological evaluations, weight loss and bariatric surgery, 12-step recovery, and of course HOARDING. She is trained in various treatments including EMDR and Trauma Focused CBT and numerous other modalities. She also has 34 years experience working with recovery-based programs. She serves individuals, couples, families, children, and adolescents. She utilizes "discernment theory" as a means to perceive which treatment is most helpful for an individual client’s needs. Carol is the Clinical Director of her group practice, which employs therapists with many different specialties, whom she supervises. She has her Bachelor’s Degree and Masters Degree in Marriage Family Therapy from Hope International University. Her hobbies include volleyball, spending time with her family, and she is a foodie, always ready to try something new.


Class Curriculum


  Part Two: Diagnosis
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  Part Three: Treatment Methods
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  Part Four: Case Vignettes and Resources
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  Part 5: Quiz
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  The Secret World of Hoarders Prezi
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
When purchasing this training program, please be aware that I do not offer a refund due to a change of mind. Given that this program is delivered electronically I am unable to issue a refund once your log-in details have been issued.

Thank you for investing in learning how to understand cultural competency with the Hoarding Population. Feel free to consult with me for one 10-15 minute consultation as one of the benefits from Carol Rose Adkisson Courses.

Carol Rose Adkisson

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #83484

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