New Workshop Starting Soon! The HOPe Workshop: Hoarding Disorder education to learn how to Organize, Purge and End the cycle The Southern Arizona Hoarding Task Force, the University of Arizona Center on Aging (ACOA) and Pima Council on Aging (PCOA) developed the HOPE Workshop for community members seeking help because they have too many possessions. Since the workshops began in 2015, over 300 men and women have registered and completed the 10 weekly sessions. People with hoarding disorder are diverse men and women of all ages who have varying socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels, and they represent all races and ethnicities. These individuals have an ongoing urge to accumulate possessions, along with corresponding feelings of anxiety or mental anguish whenever those possessions get thrown away. Studies suggest 5 to 6 percent of the nation’s population, or 16-19 million people, have hoarding tendencies, but the numbers may actually be higher. These percentages only reflect people who have been identified by professionals from agencies such as police and fire districts, Adult Protective Services, Child Protective Services, or the Health Department. Dr. Lisa O’Neill from ACOA, Jennifer Caragan from PCOA and Dr. Kathryn Sanderlin from the University of Arizona Department of Psychiatry are the workshop facilitators for the self-help, 10-week series of classes. The HOPE Workshop helps people learn skills, reduce clutter and understand they are not alone.

H O P E WO R K S H O P H oarding Disorder education to learn how to O rganize, P urge and E nd the cycle

WEEKLY SESSIONS The HOPEWorkshop will meet every Tuesday for 10 weeks, August 6 – October 8 Time: 4:30 pm – 6 pm Weekly attendance is encouraged because program topics and homework progress each week. WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? Anyone who is worried about their hoarding behaviors. WHAT IS THE HOPEWORKSHOP*? The HOPE Workshop is a facilitated, self-help, 10-week workshop for people who are struggling with hoarding behaviors. The HOPE Workshop will help participants learn skills to manage their hoarding behaviors and reduce their clutter. Most importantly, participants will learn they are not alone. REGISTRATION Program Orientation and Registration: July 30, 2019, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm We will discuss the program for the rst 20 minutes and then answer questions. Interested participants can register and buy a copy of the book we will be using each week ($10 – scholarships available). LOCATION FOR REGISTRATION NIGHT ANDWEEKLY SESSIONS: Abrams Public Health Center Room 3108 - located on the third oor 3950 South Country Club Road, Tucson 85714 * Based on an evidence-based program called Buried in Treasures but modied to accommodate a larger group Workshop Facilitators Jennifer Caragan , Pima Council on Aging Lisa O’Neill , University of Arizona Center on Aging, Arizona Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program Kathryn Sanderlin , University of Arizona Department of Psychiatry

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