The Hoarding Handbook: A Guide for Human Services Professionals, 2011, Oxford University Press, by Christiana Bratiotis, Cristina Sorrentino Schmalisch and Gail Steketee is an invaluable guide to the project-management complexities of providing care to people with hoarding disorder. The authors have created a manual to promote cooperation among, and benefit for, any and all the potential specialists who may be called in to assist in a hoarding situation, from multiple attorneys to animal control officers to firefighters and housing authorities. It’s a phenomenal addition to the library of any and all people who interact with hoarding-disordered individuals in an official capacity. But it can be an equally priceless tool for colleagues, community members, friends and family of a suffering person, a primer for the activities, expectations, potential obstacles and triumphs of working with interested-but-third parties.
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