You may be looking for someone to work with your client or training for your workplace – I do both.
Besides NDIS, I am a preferred provider with PIR, and am often funded by Support for High Risk Tenancies (OoH) to work with public housing tenants whose tenancy is at risk. I am also employed by Child First, local Councils, Out of Home care agencies and family violence/elder abuse services. I provide inhome therapeutic and practical support for clients living in cluttered or hoarded homes. I explore what’s getting in the way – usually it’s anxiety, trauma and feeling useless and overwhelmed. My aim is to build the capacity of the person to improve and most importantly, maintain their home.
I developed “Who’s driving the bus?” training after using this acceptance and commitment therapy technique mixed with art therapy, with several clients who loved the visual nature of it (see image below used with consent). It acknowledges and works with all the factors that help and hinder thoughts and behavior that affect clutter and hoarding. I delivered this training at Frankston and Dandenong for SE Mental Health Primary Health Network for PIR support facilitators – info flyer for SEMPHN
- Training for workers to increase their confidence and capacity to support people affected by hoarding. This can be delivered in your workplace for multi-disciplinary teams or members of a network or via Skype. Here’s a flyer from last year Hoarding Workshop – 2017 04 05
- Forum planning and facilitation – last year I’ve been involved with the Ballarat Hoarding and Squalor Forum 2017 and theForum 2017 (2)
- For Council staff including HACC, EHO’s and Local Laws, here’s a summary of topics that can be included all-council-training
2. Secondary consultations for workers feeling stuck or overwhelming or just not sure what to do next. These can be face-to-face, or conference call or Skype. Or it may be a meeting with you and your client from which I write an assessment and recommendation report!
Need some information? Here’s a great list of hoarding resources.
- In 2013, the Victorian Department of Health released A Practical Resource for Service Providers – Hoarding and Squalor
- Neuropsychological characteristics of people living in squalor
- Clutter image rating scale – this set of 9 images will help assess the amount of items in homes.
The MFB (Metropolitian Fire Brigade) have developed an information kit, hoarding notification form and discontinuation form. Currently, these forms are for use by community organisations who have identified a significant risk in a home, no personal details of the residents are required. Melbourne only. For more information about these, email firstname.lastname@example.org