Programs

South Shore Clutter Reduction Collaborative - with support from The Scituate Board of Health, MassHousing, and South Shore Elder Services - will offer events, training, and treatment to address hoarding disorder (HD), associated clutter, and related stigma through multiple programs in 2020-2021. 

Online Group: Kickstart Decluttering for Wellness and Home Safety

Please note residents (age 60+ or a caregiver of someone age 60+) of the following towns are eligible to participate: Braintree, Cohasset, Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Milton, Norwell, Quincy, Randolph, Scituate, and Weymouth. 

This group is for seniors (age 60+) who are seeking a boost to their decluttering efforts. If home safety is a concern due to an overabundance of clutter or a living environment is stressful due to clutter, please join us!

 

Over 8 weeks, we'll read portions of the book Buried in Treasures which provides insight into hoarding and clutter and how to manage the problem. Participants will receive coaching and help with goal setting to reduce clutter while enjoying the mutual support of a small group.

This group will run run for 8 sessions, with a trained clinician. The group will meet  weekly (Wednesdays from 6:30PM-8:00PM). 

 

Participants will be asked to complete a pre- and post-group assessment (to assess experiences with clutter) via phone interview. Seats are limited and a waiting list will be kept in the event that additional spaces open up.

 

This group is sponsored by the Scituate Hoarding Response Team in partnership with Boston University School of Social Work and with generous support from South Shore Elder Services.

Online Coaching for Decluttering Success Group

Please note that this group is open to residents of the following South Shore communities: Braintree, Cohasset, Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Milton, Norwell, Quincy, Randolph, Scituate, and Weymouth. 

 

This is an online group for those seeking to assist persons who experience hoarding and clutter challenges such as family members or friends of people who hoard or professionals whose work may involve assisting persons with hoarding behavior. (This is not a self help group for persons with hoarding or clutter issues.) 

 

It will run run for 8 sessions, with a trained clinician. The group will meet  weekly (Thursdays from 6:30PM-8:00PM). The format of the sessions will include discussing the book, Digging Out - Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding & Compulsive Acquiring (Tomkins & Hartl, 2009) and will provide information about coaching for decluttering success. 

 

Participants will be asked to complete a pre- and post-group assessment (to assess experiences with clutter) via phone interview. Seats are limited and a waiting list will be kept in the event that additional spaces open up.

 

This group is sponsored by the Scituate Hoarding Response Team in partnership with Boston University School of Social Work and with generous support from South Shore Elder Services.

Online Clutter Reduction Coaching Group for Seniors

Residents (age 60+ or a caregiver of someone age 60+) of the following towns are eligible to participate: Braintree, Cohasset, Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Milton, Norwell, Quincy, Randolph, Scituate, and Weymouth. 

This group will run run for 8 sessions, with a trained clinician. The group will meet  weekly (Wednesdays from 9:00AM-10:30AM). The format of the sessions will include discussing sections of the book, Buried in Treasures (Tolin, Frost & Steketee, 2014) and will provide information about strategies for decluttering success. 

 

Participants will be asked to complete a pre- and post-group assessment (to assess experiences with clutter) via phone interview. Seats are limited and a waiting list will be kept in the event that additional spaces open up.

 

This group is sponsored by the Scituate Hoarding Response Team in partnership with Boston University School of Social Work and with generous support from South Shore Elder Services.

Pursuing a Life Less Cluttered

On April 14, 2018, we hosted a community event featuring a discussion by Lee Shuer and Bec Belofsky Shuer about their lived experience with clutter and perspectives about hoarding. Suzanne Otte, a clinician with clutter reduction and hoarding treatment experience provided an overview of hoarding disorder. To view the event flyer, click here. This event was the first of a series of hoarding-related, community based programming, funded by a CHNA 20 grant received by the Scituate Board of Health and Hingham Health Department.

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