Friday, April 26, 2019 from 8:15 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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Embassy Suites Independence 
5800 Rockside Woods Blvd N
Independence, OH 44131

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Hoarding Connection of Cuyahoga County 

ALLOHA Roundtable
Is your community struggling to create and sustain a hoarding task force? 

Join us for a special pre-conference roundtable with the “ALL Ohio Hoarding Association (ALLOHA)” on April 25 from 2-5pm at the Embassy Suites. This is an excellent opportunity for representatives from municipalities or counties that have or are attempting to start a hoarding task force to share best practices and challenges to success. 

Additional fee applies and seating is limited. 

Registration information on the conference registration form.






















Hoarding Connection

Hoarding Treatment: Options and Outcomes for Older Adults 

Hoarding Disorder was added to the DSM-V in 2013, but agencies and communities continue to struggle to help people with the mental health disorder. This conference will share information on evidence-based treatment options for people who hoard, local responses to hoarding in the community, and available resources. Preconference roundtable (ALLOHA) is 4/25.

Cost is $75. Student discount is available on registration form.

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If you are unable to attend the conference, but would like to participate in the ALLOHA meeting on April 25, you may register separately by clicking here.

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Keynote Speaker


Catherine Ayers is the Division Director of the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) La Jolla MentalHealth Outpatient Clinics, Assistant Professor in the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Department of Psychiatry, and faculty member in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.Her research is focused on treatment outcomes for geriatric hoarding disorder and the neuropsychiatric characterization of hoarding disorder in late life. Her research on psychotherapy for geriatric hoarding disorder has been funded by the International OCD Foundation. She received a Career Development Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs entitled “Treatment of Late Life Hoarding”. Dr.Ayers has 5 active research investigations at the VA and UCSD and has recently received a CSR&D grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs entitled “Cognitive Rehabilitation and Exposure Therapy for Veterans with Hoarding Disorder.”

Dr. Ayers is licensed by the state of California with clinical privileges at the VASDHS. She is the Program Director of the VASDHS Anxiety Disorders Clinic where she oversees the clinic and supervises residents, practicum students, interns, and postdoctoral fellows.

Additional Speakers Bios


8:45am Introductions and Welcome

9:00am Keynote Address, Part 1 - Catherine Ayers

10:30am Break

10:45am Panel Discussion: Buried in Treasures

Moderator: Bert Rahl, LISW-S, Retired.Panelists: Buried in Treasures facilitators and group participants 

12:15pm Lunch

1:15pm Keynote Address, Part 2 - Catherine Ayers

2:45pm Panel Discussion: What Not To Do

Moderater: Catherine Ayers, PhD, ABPP,UC-San Diego; Panelists: Lawrence Vavro, Adult Protective Services, Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services; Debra Mardenborough-White, Millenial Housing; Jane Granzier, Mobile Crisis, Frontline Services; Keith Foulkes, Jr., City of Euclid Building Department.

3:45pm Wrap Up and Evaluations

4:00pm Adjourn

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to

- Assess and detect hoarding behaviors

- Understand evidence-based treatments for hoarding symptoms

- Demonstrate improved knowledge of challenges that local communities face when responding to hoarding situations

- Identify local resources for addressing hoarding situations

Continuing Education:

Application has been made for five-and-one-half (5.5) continuing education credit hours for social workers, counselors, chemical dependency counselors, psychologists and registered sanitarians. The Ohio Department of Commerce Board of Building Standards has approved the coard BBS2019-399 for four (4.0) credits for BI, BO, BPE, EPE, ESI, FPI, FPPE, LPE, MPE, MI, MechPE, NRIUI, PI, PPE, RBI, RBO, REPE, RIUI, RMI, RPE, RPI.

This conference is presented with funding from

with additional support provided by