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Mon, Feb 14


Virtual Training Session

Hoarding – Level 1

IMPORTANT - Due to the limited number of spaces, this training is reserved for ODSN member agencies ONLY. 2 HALF-DAYS : February 14th & 15th, 2022 from 1 PM to 4 PM (both days) Offered by Hoarding Behaviour and Intervention Specialist Counselling & Clutter Coach - Elaine Birchall

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Hoarding – Level 1
Hoarding – Level 1

Time & Location

Feb 14, 2022, 1:00 p.m. EST – Feb 15, 2022, 4:00 p.m. EST

Virtual Training Session

About the Event


This well received and highly-evaluated two half-day intensive workshop is for all professionals who may or may not have first-hand experience working with Hoarding situations and wish to understand Hoarding better. This training is designed to get your staff and your Community Partners on the same page regarding Hoarding. When all  parties have the same language, understanding and key reference points it makes  working together much easier and more effective even though each organization continues to conduct service according to their different mandates. 


  • The definition of hoarding
  • Different types of hoarding
  • How to identify hoarding
  • Understanding what you see in hoarding situations
  • Saving patterns in hoarding behaviour and how to identify them
  • Additional disorders often found co-existing with hoarding behaviour
  • Dos and don'ts of hoarding intervention
  • A four-step process to assess if crisis services need to assess risk first (fire, public health, by-law, property standards, etc.)
  • Recommended services
  • Best-source research and what it says about hoarding behaviour and intervention
  • Easy-to-use intervention tools & resources


This training event is held over two half-days. Participation in both sessions is mandatory.

Please mark your calendars for both days!

Part 1: February 14th | 1 PM to 4 PM

Part 2: February 15th | 1 PM to 4 PM


Elaine Birchall holds a graduate degree (Masters of Social Work) from St. Patrick's College, Ottawa, Ontario, an institution with a long and honoured reputation of commitment to community.

A registered social worker with many years of experience, Elaine has dedicated her life to counselling individuals through difficult transitions in their lives.

Through her professional training and tenure with the first Canadian Hoarding Coalition, Elaine has developed specialized expertise on hoarding behaviour, including an extensive broad based network of community support and services.

Elaine is also the founding force behind the Canadian National Hoarding Coalition, which she led for two years. She is currently developing an Ontario wide Hoarding support initiative, tentatively titled “Ontario Roundtable on Hoarding.


This online training event will take place via the Zoom platform. Participants will be sent a meeting link the week before the event. Training materials will be sent via email the day before the event.


Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us and a member of our team will be in touch soon!

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