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Are you buried in ‘treasure’?

A new series of Catholic Healthcare’s popular Buried in Treasures program will start from February 22, delivered online by Home Care’s Hoarding and Squalor team.

Buried in Treasures is a 15-week online program developed to support people living in NSW who have a tendency to accumulate excessive items, or find it difficult to part with them.

The free program is open to people across NSW who are eligible for the government’s Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP)*.

It is based on the successful self-help book Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding, written by Dr Randy Frost, Dr David Tolin, and Dr Gail Steketee who are among the world’s leading experts in the study and treatment of hoarding disorder.

Topics covered include:

•           Understanding hoarding and why people collect

•           Motivation and confidence to get started with organising clutter

•           Practical skills and strategies for deciding which items to save, and resisting the temptation to collect more

•           Overcoming feelings of anxiety and/or depression

One of the features of the program is the opportunity for participants to meet others who understand, all in a supportive and respectful environment. Each participant also receives a copy of the Buried in Treasures book.

Catholic Healthcare is running Buried in Treasures Information Sessions for individuals, families and referrers from 16 February, with the online program commencing on February 22..

If you, or someone you know, could benefit from participating in Buried in Treasures, please forward this event link on our website which includes details on upcoming Information Sessions, and course dates – click here: https://www.catholichealthcare.com.au/events/buried-in-treasures-support-groups/. For further details please call 1300 345 852.

To be eligible for CHSP, you must be aged 65 years or older (50 years or older for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people), or 50 years or older (45 years or older for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) and on a low income, homeless, or at risk of being homeless.

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