Hoarding Handbook: A Guide for Human Service Professionals (Paperback)

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Hoarding is a serious, time-consuming, and expensive problem for virtually every community across the United States. First responders often encounter hoarding unexpectedly and are confused about how to resolve the wide range of problems, from public health and fire safety violations, to
housing violations, to concern for the welfare of children, elders and animals. Sometimes solutions must be coordinated across several human service disciplines. The first of its kind, this handy guide is a nuts and bolts resource filled with case studies, tips and strategies, and easy-to-use
suggestions for professionals responding to hoarding situations.

Organized around the common ways hoarding captures the attention of social service providers, this user-friendly guide provides tools to assess the problem, to coordinate and delegate tasks among helping professionals, and to work directly with reluctant hoarders and those affected by the hoarding.
Chapters give hands-on guidance and decision trees for who should be involved and what strategies are needed for each case. This book is compassionate and comprehensive, an invaluable reference for social workers and human service providers in a broad range of fields.

About the Author

Christiana Bratiotis, PhD, is a post-doctoral fellow at the Boston University School of Social Work. Cristina Sorrentino Schmalisch, PhD, is a psychotherapist in private practice at the Lydian Center for Innovative Medicine and a staff therapist at Hope Psychological Services. Gail Steketee, PhD, is Dean and Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780195385519
ISBN-10: 0195385519
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: June 22nd, 2011
Pages: 256
Language: English