Canberra Living Conditions Network
Developing a coordinated response to Squalor and Hoarding
in the Canberra Community

Randy Frost, internationally recognized expert on obsessive-compulsive disorder and hoarding disorder, visits Canberra

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Dr. Randy O. Frost is the Harold and Elsa Siipola Israel Professor of Psychology at Smith College. He is an internationally recognized expert on obsessive-compulsive disorder and hoarding disorder and has published more than 160 scientific articles, books, and book chapters on these topics. Dr. Frost serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation, and with Dr. Gail Steketee, co-edits the Hoarding Center on the IOCDF website. He has co-authored several books on hoarding including Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding (with Drs. David Tolin and Gail Steketee and published by Oxford University Press). Buried in Treasures received a Self-Help Book of Merit Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy in 2010. This book is the backbone of the Buried in Treasures Workshops that have been found to produce significant improvements in hoarding behaviors and are now running in many locations around the world.

CLCN, with funding through the Capital Health Network, is bringing Dr Frost to Canberra on July 4. We will be hosting a professional forum during the day and a free public lecture in the evening. Both events will be held at CIT Function Centre, Reid Campus. Bookings will be taken through Eventbrite


Randy's professional workshop will provide a broad overview of hoarding disorder and its treatment. Hoarding symptoms include acquiring too many things, difficulty discarding and excessive clutter that interferes with normal use of space and/or causes distress. A model for understanding these hoarding problems will be presented, including recent findings regarding hoarding behaviors, emotional attachments and beliefs about possessions. 

DSM-5 diagnostic criteria will be reviewed along with methods for assessing the severity of the problem. Intervention strategies will be reviewed in detail, including ways to enhance motivation among hoarding clients, how to establish goals for treatment, increase skills for organizing and problem solving, how to gain control over excessive acquisition, and how to change beliefs about possessions, foster imagined and experiential exposures to removing possessions by recycling, discarding, selling and giving away items as appropriate. Methods for adapting these principles to self-help support groups will also be presented.
The professional workshop will be held at CIT Function Centre, Constitution Ave, Reid on Monday, July 4 and will commence at 9am and continue through to 5pm. Refreshments and lunch will be provided through out the day. Costs to attend are $250 for Government/ Corporate and $220 for Non Government/ Not for Profit. These events have been generally subsidised through funding provided by Capital Health Network. Numbers are limited for this event so book early to avoid disappointment. 

Public Lecture:

Dr Randy Frost will deliver a public lecture on Buried in Treasures will be held at the CIT Function Centre, Constitution Ave, Reid from 7pm, lecture commencing at 7.30pm.

Hoarding symptoms include acquiring too many things, difficulty discarding and excessive clutter that interferes with normal use of space and/or causes distress.

Drawing on his 30 years of experience Dr. Frost will explore this topic and help us understand when clutter goes beyond a 'bit of stuff' and becomes a challenge.

It is a FREE event and open to any interested members of the public.

Bookings are not essential but are appreciated. Click here for bookings.  You will not be charged for booking for the public lecture. 


More about Dr. Randy Frost:

He has also published the Compulsive Hoarding and Acquiring Therapist Guide and client Workbook, through Oxford University Press. Second editions of all three of these books were published in 2014.

His best-selling book, Stuff: Compulsive hoarding and the meaning of things (with Gail Steketee), was published by Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt in 2010 and was a finalist for the 2010 Books for a Better Life Award. Stuff was also a New York Times Bestseller and named a Must Read Book for 2011 by Massachusetts Book Awards. Stuff has been translated into 4 languages.

His newest work, The Oxford Handbook of Hoarding and Acquiring was published in 2014. His work has been funded by the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation and the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Frost is one of the original members of the Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium and has served as consultant to numerous communities in setting up task forces to deal with the problem of hoarding.

In 2012 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in innovation, treatment, and research in the field of hoarding and cluttering by the Mental Health Association of San Francisco. In 2013 he received a Career Achievement Award from the International OCD Foundation for his work on hoarding. He has given hundreds of talks on hoarding and numerous workshops for clinicians, public health, housing, and elder service professionals, as well as people suffering from hoarding problems.