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Letting Go Symposium

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Please join us for our Symposium, which is designed to increase awareness of the complexities associated with excessive accumulation.

The details are:

Date: Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Venue: NSW Parliament House Theatrette, 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney. Registration from 9:00am for 9:30am start, conference closes at 3:00pm.

Cost: $75 per person - register here:

Learn from International and Australian experts with opportunities to raise your burning questions through an Open Panel discussion. This is an opportunity to network with peers and hear from individuals with lived experience as they share their stories. Hear from leading researchers and experts in the field and walk away with new understandings and practical strategies.

The purpose of this event is to further highlight the impact of hoarding and squalor on individuals, families and communities, and to continue to raise awareness and emphasise the need for a multi-disciplinary approach to hoarding and squalor.

Guest speakers include:

Associate Professor Melissa Norberg presenting on Compensatory consumption - Why we acquire and save possessions we do not need.

Melissa Norberg is the Deputy Director for the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University. Her research aims to discover what factors and processes contribute to psychopathology, including hoarding disorder. She uses this information to find solutions for improving treatment outcomes and decreasing relapse after treatment. Her research has been funded by the International OCD Foundation and the NHMRC. She is the Incoming President of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy.

Lee Shuer presenting on Trapped Under Plunder and Becca Belofsky presenting on From Chaos to Communion.

Becca Belofsky and Lee Shuer are the co-founders of Mutual Support Consulting located in Massachusetts, USA. They are internationally recognised advocates for trauma informed, person-centred human services. As peer specialists and WRAP facilitators, they draw from their personal lived experience with mental health challenges to connect with others. Between them they have presented hundreds of community talks and facilitated dozens of professional development training and self-help groups across the United States and Australia.

Bec is a member of the MYCOHP initiative team, promoting awareness, interventions, resources, and policies tailored to the needs of minors living in cluttered homes. Lee wrote the Buried in Treasures Workshop Facilitator’s Guide with Dr Randy O. Frost.