Training for Social Service and Housing Professionals on How to Work with People with Hoarding Disorders


September 14, 2012

For more information, media only, contact: Michele Talwani – 603-641-9441 ext. 239
For more information, general questions, contact: Kyle Beaulieu – 603-641-9441 ext. 259

MANCHESTER, NH – The NH Coalition to End Homelessness (NHCEH) is hosting a training for professionals who work in social services and housing fields on how to facilitate effective communication with individuals with hoarding disorders.  The training, “Professional Work with Hoarders” will be held on Friday, October 19, in Manchester, NH.

“It can be difficult for providers working with clients who have hoarding disorders,” said Cathy Kuhn, PhD, Director of the NH Coalition to End Homelessness.  “This training will educate providers to truly understand hoarding behaviors and give them the tools and strategies to increase the effectiveness of working with this population in order to affect change in their behavior.”

The trainer for the workshop is Elizabeth Burden, LICSW, MPH, a Senior Clinical Social Worker at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, and a state public health hospital in Massachusetts.  She provides training and supervision to social work staff, as well as consultation to multidisciplinary medical teams and discharge planning.  Her workshops on hoarding, dementia and delirium, and elder suicide have been presented throughout New England.

This training is ideal for people who work in community and family service agencies, public health, social work, mental health, housing/homeless programs, veteran services, and nursing care. The workshop will be held on October 19 at 161 S. Beech Street, Manchester, NH. It runs from 8:30 – 12:30 and costs $65 and offers continuing education credits. Registration is required and can be done by visiting , via email at [email protected], or calling 603-641-9441 extension 251.

The New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness, a division of Families in Transition, is a nonprofit organization with the purpose of eliminating the causes of homelessness through advocacy, education and community organizing. For more information about the NHCEH, visit or call 603-641-9441.