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Working with Severe Clutter
Virtual Meeting Info
Zoom will allow participants to interact with each other via audio and video on their computer, tablet, or smartphone app in a real virtual meeting (optional alternative audio available by telephone) where we will be able to see and listen to each other in real dialog.
- 6:30 - 7:00: Break out rooms: General Networking, Ask the Expert and Maria Spetalnik
- 7:00 - 7:05: Zoom tutorial
- 7:05 - 7:30: General Chapter Business
- 7:30 - 8:30: Working with Severe Clutter
- 8:30 - 9:00: Break out rooms: General Networking and Maria Spetalnik
Professions for Your Resource List
Resources for Education
Resources for the Citizen
Maria Spetalnik is a Certified Professional Organizer and, after 30 years of helping people with the "stuff" in their lives, she has seen just about everything there is to see. She works with a wide spectrum of clients with all levels of clutter, but has a soft spot for those with extreme clutter issues.
Maria and her teams use a holistic approach with clients, their families, other professionals and the public. They start with the belief that clients have the ability to recover and that their hoarding is only one aspect of them. In other words, it does not define them.
Maria teaches about Hoarding Disorders nationally, including most recently at the conferences for the International Crisis Intervention Team and the National Adult Protective Services Association. Both were well received even though they had to be done virtually. She has recorded several teleclasses for ICD and recently added a class to NAPO University: OD2-231 Beyond Awareness: Understanding Complex Conditions in Your Clients. In the past, she has trained various mental health associations, the police and other first responders, the FBI and the public on how to work with those who are extremely cluttered to get the best results.
Maria's book, Hoarding for Law Enforcement and Other Public Officials, will be added to the ICD's author's list in January 2021. She is working on her next book, which addresses hoarding for family and friends. There will be a supplement for therapists and professional organizers.
NOTE from Maria on the course for NAPO-DC: "This will not be your basis 'What is Hoarding' class. We will delve into the nitty gritty on what it's like to work with severe clutter. Topics to be discussed include:
1) What companies, tools and techniques should be in your toolbox
2) The differences between a Hoarding Task Force and a Crisis Intervention Team and how to work with them
3) How and why to read a hoard
4) How to identify and apply levers to move the client to make better decisions
5) Case studies of how Maria's teams have dealt with particular situations
**PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE PLEASED TO OFFER ONE CEU CREDIT FOR THIS PROGRAM. YOU WILL NEED TO EMAIL THE TWO CODE WORDS GIVEN DURING THE PRESENTATION TO JILL KATZ TO RECEIVE CREDIT.
Inclement Weather Policy
In the event of bad weather, we will only cancel if power is out for necessary managers, in which case, meeting registrants will be emailed.