Strategies to Identify, Manage, and Overcome Hoarding


Webinar Presenters

Elaine Birchall, MSW
Elaine Birchall, MSW


Elaine is the Director of Birchall Consulting & founder of the Canadian National Hoarding Coalition, and is coauthor of Conquer the Clutter: Strategies to Identify, Manage, and Overcome Hoarding.

Elaine works to help individuals with hoarding disorder understand and change their relationship to things—and to clean up their environment. She also trains mental health professionals across North America on best practices for treating individuals who hoard and the family members who are impacted.



More than 3 million Canadians hoard, and many more are impacted. Hoarding comes with huge costs, including to relationships, emotional energy, peace of mind, self-respect, and human connection. It can devastate marriages and harm the emotional health of children. Hoarding can also become a legal, personal, and public health and safety issue. Without hoarding-informed supportive interventions, people who hoard will continue to experience further deterioration in their mental health as well as in their living conditions.

The webinar will cover some of the following about Hoarding disorder:

  • Recognized by the APA as a distinct disorder in 2013 (DSM-5), with its own diagnostic criteria and treatment requirements
  • Occurs in all cultures and at every income and education level  
  • Poses health and safety risks to the sufferers, neighbors, pets, and responders
  • Has a devastating impact on marriages and the emotional health of children
  • Comorbid factors include anxiety, depression, addictive personality disorder, OCD, and ADHD
  • New studies show that certain environmental and genetic vulnerabilities can lead to hoarding behavior