Buried in Treasures: new groups starting throughout 2022
Do you think you may be collecting and saving too many things? Is clutter affecting the ability to live the life you want? Do you feel overwhelmed and not know where to start? The Buried In Treasures Program is a self-help action group for people living with too much clutter*.
The program is world renowned and based on the book Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving and Hoarding, written by Dr Randy Frost, Dr David Tolin and Dr Gail Steketee who are among the world’s leading experts in the study and treatment of hoarding challenges.
The course will be delivered online and offers a judgment-free environment, encouraging individuals to make positive changes to improve their quality of life.
How it works: Each week there will be discussions around a specific challenge and topics covered will include:
- Understanding why you save or collect
- Helpful and unhelpful thought processes
- Practical steps you can take to help you get started
- Strategies to help you make decisions about which items to save and resist collecting more
When: New programs commencing throughout 2022. The course runs for sixteen weeks on Monday mornings from 10.30 – 12.30pm
Cost: There is no cost for the program however each participant needs to have their own copy of the book: Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving and Hoarding (Oxford University Press, 2013) prior to commencement. The cost of the book is $30 and can be purchased through the organisers.
For further information, or to register for the program, please contact Paula or Rosemary from Maroondah City Council on (03) 9294 5729
*priority is given to people aged 65 and living in the Maroondah area however can include Knox and Yarra Ranges if vacancies exist.
Managing Hoarding during times of COVID-19
The impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, physical distancing and isolation can make us feel anxious, stressed and worried. For people with who have too many belongings, regardless of whether the the items get in the way of using a space like a living room, collecting and saving can suddenly feel more useful but thinking about whether this behaviour is supporting the life you want to live is important to think about.
Below are links to two videos supported by the International OCD foundation and Mutual Support Consulting that explore Hoarding Disorder during this difficult time. The video features world-renowned experts in the area of Hoarding Disorder.
Share your experience:
The Network is working with the support of Outer East Primary Care Partnership to better understand the experience of people who have hoarding behaviours or are affected by someone else’s hoarding behaviour. We are currently seeking people affected by hoarding behaviour or working to support with people affected by hoarding behaviour to participate in an interview. Please click here for more information.