My assignment this month was to write a book analysis (the last of four), on track to graduate from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization with my CPO-CD® certification in September 2019. I choose the book, Buried in Treasures (BIT), help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding, by David F. Tolin, Randy O. Frost, and Gail Steketee, suggested by a colleague—and I am so glad I read this book! Buried in Treasures is a valuable “how-to” resource guide for professional organizers and related professionals, and is a practical self-help guide for people who hoard. This book has become my “bible”, and rates very high in my library of books on people who hoard. Based on this book, there are “BIT Workshops” across the country, and research shows that the workshops are nearly as successful as individual therapy for hoarding. The book’s authors present thought-provoking questions regarding getting motivated, reviewing values and personal goals, and of course confronting triggers and coping. What makes this “workbook” style approach so effective is that the authors really drill down to the core mis-beliefs that pop into the head of people who hoard, and challenges those thoughts. It’s a must read for families with loved ones who hoard, people with hoarding behavior and professionals. For more information on BIT support groups visit:
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It’s March 2019 — I’m in the 14 month of the 18 month CPO-CD® (Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization) certification program, where I am learning in depth issues of chronic disorganization. The CPO-CD® program is specifically geared to improve the quality of service, techniques and knowledge I can provide as a professional organizers to my Chronically Disorganized clients. This month, I wrote an analysis on the book, Life in Rewind, by Terry Weible Murphy with Edward Zine and Michael Jenike, M.D. It’s a great read telling the story of a “young, courageous man who persevered over OCD, and the Harvard doctor who broke all the rules to help him.” The story really resonated with me, as I saw my style of organizing similar to the style of Dr. Jenike’s approach in treating his patients. Like Dr. Jenike, I am known to extending my relationship “beyond typical boundaries”, becoming a “friend and an advocate” to my clients.
I am two-thirds of the way through earning my “credential” as a Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization (CPO-CD®) program. I am incredibly proud of this educational journey I have embarked upon! This 20-month program requires an investment of me as a professional organizer of over $3000, and 200+ hours of coursework, lots of reading, writing, and analyzing books related to Chronically Disorganized (CD) clients, as well as service in my industry. I think education matters in my desire to work with CD clients. This program is not required or necessary as a professional organizer, but for me, it’s testament of my commitment to provide specialized help, especially to my CD clients. Though I have 6 months more to go, I am (already) much more qualified and equipped than my competition, and I’m in a position to be of greater service to my client’s needs.