Hoarding Disorder - SW372

Hoarding Disorder

Dealing With Chaos

by Gayle Johnson Bohrer, RN, MSN and Linda Haynes, RN, PHD and Oren Shtayermman, MSW, PhD
(4.5 / 448 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Social Work (1.00 CE ClockHr)

Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00


Hoarding disorder is the excessive accumulation of possessions and the inability to discard them. The focus on possessions makes HD a diagnosis distinct from other anxiety disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder. While treatment is slow and relapse frequent, specialized psychotherapies that target HD symptoms are associated with positive behavioral changes. This course describes characteristics of hoarding disorder underlying neurological and psychological factors, and evidenced-based interventions for healthcare professionals working with people who suffer from HD.


The goal of this continuing education module is to inform nurses, social workers, and other healthcare professionals about hoarding disorder and its treatments and to offer options for clinical responses. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify defining behaviors and characteristics of a hoarding disorder
  • Discuss neural, cognitive, and emotional/psychological underpinnings of hoarding disorder
  • Describe three interventions in the treatment of people who hoard


Approval Information
OnCourse Learning, provider # 1203, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. OnCourse Learning maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: February 15, 2010 to February 15, 2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (provider # FBN 50-1489).
OnCourse Learning, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0401. This approval is for a three-year term beginning August 1, 2016 and ending July 31, 2019.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.0 general social work continuing education clock hour.
OnCourse Learning maintains responsibility for the program.
Course delivery format: Online Self-Study
Social Workers
Social Work Practice Levels: Advanced
Course Completion Requirements and Awarding Certificate
After reading the presentation, complete the course test online. With a score of 75% or better and completing the evaluation, you may immediately print your CE certificate of completion or save a pdf of it for your records. You may also request a copy to be sent to you by mail. If your score is less than the passing score of 75%, you may retake the test. In the event of loss, there is no charge for a replacement copy of a CE certificate.
Jurisdictional Requirements
Continuing education licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. We recommend you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. To review state specific/jurisdictional continuing education requirements, click here.
Accommodations for Disabilities
Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodation; please contact the CE office at (800) 866-0919.
Grievance Procedure
OnCourse Learning is committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with accreditation agencies and boards. OnCourse Learning will comply with all responsibilities to be nondiscriminatory in activities, program content, and in treatment of participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the Executive Vice President, OnCourse Learning, Global Programming, and members of the continuing education division.
While OnCourse Learning attempts to assure fair treatment of all participants, we recognize grievances that may require intervention. Grievances are handled in the following manner:
When a participant, either orally or in written format, files a grievance, the Executive Vice President, OnCourse Learning, Global Programming, will evaluate the nature of the complaint. If it is meritorious, the Executive Vice President, OnCourse Learning, Global Programming, will instruct the staff to implement any necessary changes in the course. The complainant will receive a response from the Executive Vice President, OnCourse Learning, Global Programming, or designated staff within 5 working days.
You may file a complaint by telephone or email.
Telephone #: 800.866.0919


Course Originally Released on: 7/31/2017
Date of Most Recent Review: 7/31/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 7/31/2020

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Amy S - Lenexa, KS  ·  Dec 04, 2017
Great information, I learned the distinction between hoarding and OCD.
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Yumi C - San Antonio , TX  ·  Dec 01, 2017
It was very informative and updated me to current diagnostic information and treatment..
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Corin H - Downers Grove, IL  ·  Nov 21, 2017
interesting content- glad this topic was handled with respecct
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Teresa L - Kent, OH  ·  Nov 19, 2017
Interesting information that will assist me at work.
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Rachel S - OwingsMills, MD  ·  Oct 31, 2017
Excellent, informative, great educational tool.
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Price: $10.00
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