Online Education | Geriatric Healthcare 2015 | Selected Topics | Hoarding Disorder: Mental Health Concern or Self-Neglect?

Photo of the living room of a person with hoarding disorder.

How to earn contact hour credit

This course is 1.5 contact hours and includes a lecture video, self-assessment post-test, and evaluation. To earn contact hours, watch the lecture, complete the post-test, and submit the online evaluation. You may take the post-test as many times as needed to achieve the required score of 80%.

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Target Audience

This course is designed for nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, physician assistants, physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers, pharmacists, long term care workers, residential care coordinators, caregivers and other interested professionals.

Objectives for Learning Outcomes

After completing this lecture, you will be better able to:

  1. Describe the background of hoarding disorder, including definition, etiology and prevalence rates.
  2. Identify the safety and health risks associated with hoarding behaviors in geriatric populations.
  3. Assess for potential hoarding risks.
  4. Develop appropriate referral and treatment resources for hoarding disorders.

Additional Information

Course summary
Maximum credit available: 
  • 1.50 Contact hours
  • 0.00 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level

Jennifer Sampson, PhD
Executive Director, The Hoarding Project; Marriage and Family Therapist, Northwest Relationships, Tacoma

Available Credit

  • 1.50 Contact hours
  • 0.00 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level


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