OCD and hoarding

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a lifechanging diagnosis that can affect many of your service users. The World Health Organisation has named OCD as one of the ten most disabling conditions when considering loss of earnings and diminished quality of life.

OCD and hoarding

Hoarding is a related condition which, if untreated, can lead to enormous health and safety, environmental, physical and mental health issues.

OCD can cause huge problems to the service users affected as well as the staff members offering care and support. Obsessions are pervasive thoughts or beliefs that the sufferer is at risk from, say, contamination or harm from others. The compulsive element is the behaviours that the sufferer feels compelled to do, often checking, rearranging or completing repetitive tasks. Together they can stop someone enjoying a normal life and are often linked to poor physical/mental health and substance misuse. Hoarding comes in many types and degrees, but is generally collecting and hoarding anything from animals to rubbish because of obsessional beliefs. Without support hoarders don’t stop: they simply continue until their health or property suffer irreversible harm.

You will learn how to:

  • Understand anxiety and different types of anxiety disorder
  • Explore OCD, including causes, prevalence and symptoms
  • Understand different types of obsessions and compulsive behaviour and explore self-help coping strategies
  • Explore NHS guidelines for a stepped care approach to treating OCD
  • Understand methods for treating OCD including CBT/ERP, relaxation techniques/complementary therapies and prescribed medications
  • Explore hoarding and understand its causes and implications for environmental, psychological and physical health
  • Understand and be able to categorise different types of hoarders using a validated screening tool
  • Be aware of different treatment options for hoarders.

Who should attend?

All housing and care and support staff will benefit from this course as OCD and hoarding is so prevalent and has such an impact on clients and services alike.

OCD and hoarding

Danny McGowan

Mental health and wellbeing Danny McGowan

Danny McGowan BSC, MSC has been involved in supporting people with substance misuse, mental health and other complex needs for over 20 years. He has developed experience in many specialist areas, such as working with hoarders and those with a dual diagnosis, and has delivered training in techniques such as motivational interviewing and CBT.

Danny uses a combination of his years of experience, current good practice guidelines and research evidence to deliver the  topics he trains. He uses a holistic interactive training style that provides delegates with real skills and information, which they are then able to apply back in the workplace and beyond. He has delivered training and provided consultancy to numerous organisations during his career. Notable clients include the Department of Health, Department of Work and Pensions and the Home Office as well as housing organisations across the UK.

training track record

HQN has a track record of helping organisations achieve real and lasting performance improvements. If you are interested in accessing this training package, please contact us by emailing training@hqnetwork.co.uk