Free Compassionate-Mind Training Workshop for HD Friends and Family Members

July 9, 2022, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time

Is someone in your life experiencing Hoarding Disorder? Would you like to learn more about their experience and ways you can help support them? And would you like to support scientific research into the condition? If so, read on!


Troy DuFrene
Troy DuFrene

Troy DuFrene, one of the therapists at SFCompassion and a PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology – San Francisco is conducting a research study examining how Compassionate-Mind Training may improve the relationship satisfaction and the overall quality of life of individuals with friends and family who are experiencing Hoarding Disorder.




If you volunteer for this study, you will attend a one-day Zoom workshop on July 9, 2022. The workshop will run from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time. You will be assigned at random to one of two topic groups:


  • Compassionate-Mind Training for Hoarding Disorder

Training provided by Troy DuFrene, MA, BCBA, LBA, who is the primary investigator for this study.

  • Practical Decluttering Tips and Tricks for Hoarding Disorder

Training provided by Maria Spetalnick, CPO®, is the proprietor of Conquer the Clutter and a Board -Certified Professional Organizer, which puts her among the elite in the industry. This means that she has demonstrated a broad knowledge about organizing, has passed a national certification exam and has many hours working with clients. Maria attends conventions and many other lectures every year in order to keep current with the ongoing research into chronic disorganization, hoarding, ADHD, Mental Health disorders, Elders, and many other topics related to organization.

These workshops are informational and practical in nature. These are not group psychotherapy sessions. Whichever group you get assigned to, we believe you will find it interesting and informative. However, if you are assigned to the Decluttering workshop, you will have the option of attending a second workshop to cover the Compassionate-Mind Training, to be scheduled at a later date. This second workshop will be completed at your discretion, and it will not be part of the study.

Before and after the workshops, we’ll ask you to complete a few online questionnaires that will provide us with the information we need to complete the study. We will also send you a very brief follow-up questionnaire two weeks after the workshop. In total, the questionnaires should take about 15 minutes each, so your total time commitment to participate will be about 7 hours, including the workshop itself.

You only need to meet a few simple criteria to volunteer:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a friend or family member who may be experiencing Hoarding Disorder (no formal diagnosis is required)
  • Have regular social contact with this individual, defined as at least one in-person or video contact with them per week

Your participation may help us to design quick, informative, and cost-effective ways to support the treatment of individuals who experience Hoarding Disorder. While we hope you will learn and benefit from the workshop, information about your experience will help us to help others with this challenging condition.

If you’re interested in participating, please complete the form below. One of our staff will contact you with next steps for joining this exciting event.

This study has been approved by the Alliant International University Institutional Review Board