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NAMI NJ and NAMI Sussex in collaboration with the Mental Health Association in NJ Present: “Too Much Stuff” with Laverne Williams
People who have a tendency to hoard can accumulate so much “stuff” it overwhelms their lives, and family members and friends often do more harm than good in their attempts to help.

Laverne Williams, CSW, will discuss common beliefs around hoarding disorder, best practices to support someone with the disorder, and the financial and emotional costs to persons with the tendency to hoard and to their families and the community. She will provide evidence-based tools to assess the risk for hoarding disorder, as well as a case study practice for gaining entry into a home with too much stuff. She will also stress the need for a paradigm switch of language about hoarding disorder.

Oct 7, 2020 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Laverne Williams
Laverne Williams, CSW is the Director of the P.E.W.S. (Promoting Emotional Wellness and Spirituality) Program for the Mental Health Association in New Jersey. Ms. Williams is a certified Social Worker, WRAP (Wellness & Recovery Action Plan) Facilitator, Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, “Buried in Treasures” Workshop Facilitator and the owner/operator of Laverne Williams Enterprise, LLC a consulting firm which provides individually designed health and wellness workshops. With over 36+ years of experience in mental health service, Ms. Williams is a highly sought-after conference keynote and workshop facilitator. Her efforts to influence change in how communities, especially communities of color, view and treat mental illness have been presented to numerous statewide and local agencies, consumer organizations and family member groups.