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(p. 23) Assessing Hoarding 

(p. 23) Assessing Hoarding
(p. 23) Assessing Hoarding

Gail Steketee

and Randy O. Frost

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date: 22 January 2021

Chapter 3 guides clinicians through the process of assessing clients with hoarding disorder (HD) in order to design the therapy and prepare clients for treatment. Clinicians begin with a detailed interview and also collect information on standardized forms to assess the severity and consequences of hoarding and acquiring behaviors. In addition to assessing severity of HD symptoms, assessment focuses on clients’ beliefs about hoarding, their daily living activities, and the safety of their homes. Clients are asked to record information from each session on a personal session form from the workbook. A home visit helps assess the condition of the home and likely steps for planning treatment. Options for clients to work with a family member, friend or other “coach” are discussed, along with homework which is agreed upon with clients at every session.

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