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Too Much Stuff — A Training for Professionals Who Help with Hoarding

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
City Bible Church, 9200 NE Fremont Street Portland OR 97220

A free event.  Preregistration required.

Registration and continental breakfast will begin at 7:30 AM.  Bring your own lunch, or enjoy one of the restaurants at nearby Cascade Station.


This day-long interactive training program provides participants with an opportunity to gain understanding about the problem of hoarding, learn about effective assessment tools and gain skills for empathic, evidence-based interventions.

The program will be facilitated by Christiana Bratiotis, Ph.D., LICSW and Jesse Edsell-Vetter.

The day will be divided into 2 parts: 

  • The morning program will be jointly facilitated by Dr. Bratiotis & Mr. Edsell-Vetter.
  • The afternoon program will be delivered in two parts, one facilitated by Dr. Bratiotis with a focus on supportive assistance for hoarding and one by Mr. Edsell-Vetter for upholding regulations for compliance in hoarding cases.

Who should attend? 

Human service professionals working in fields of child welfare, older
adult and disability services, home care workers, public safety officials, professionals from fields of housing, public health, inspectional services, animal welfare and legal services.


Christiana Bratiotis, Ph.D., LICSW
 is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon where she teaches graduate level clinical practice courses.  She completed her Doctor of Philosophy at Boston University in the Interdisciplinary Social Work and Sociology program.  Upon completion of her doctoral studies, Dr. Bratiotis was awarded a three-year post-doctoral research fellowship at Boston University School of Social Work, where she served as director of the Hoarding Research Project.  Dr. Bratiotis provides individual and group specialized outpatient cognitive behavioral therapy for hoarding disorder. In addition to providing clinical treatment, she offers national and international consultation on hoarding disorder to families and communities. Dr. Bratiotis’ primary area of research is the formation and operation of multi-disciplinary community hoarding task forces highlighted in her book titled “The Hoarding Handbook: A Guide for Human Service Professionals” released by Oxford University Press.

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Jesse Edsell-Vetter
is the Hoarding Intervention Coordinator for Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership. In 2006, he led the establishment of MBHP's Hoarding and Sanitation Initiative after noting an increase in the number of Section 8 recipients losing their homes due to hoarding. Over the past nine years, Edsell-Vetter has provided training, technical assistance, and case consultation to professionals in the United States including presentations at the IOCDF Annual Hoarding Meeting and conferences held by the Mental Health Associations of San Francisco and New Jersey. His work has been covered by media outlets such as the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and National Public Radio.





Presenters will be introduced by Peggy Brey, Multnomah County, Aging Disability & Veteran Services & Department of County Human Services Quality Improvement Center & Operations Director.

5.75 CEUs from NASW have been approved.





Contact the Hoarding Task Force at