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Hoarding and Grief - The Tears Behind the Trash
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Hoarding and Grief - The Tears Behind the Trash


When: Friday, March 2nd
Registration and Networking starts at 9:30 AM, Presentation runs from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Where: Springfield Country Club
8301 Old Keene Mill Road
Springfield, Virginia  22152
United States
Maria Spetalnik, Professional Organizer and Anne Chow, MA
Durriya Augelli

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Hoarding and Grief - The Tears Behind the Trash -  1.5 Credit Hours

Presented by: Maria Spetalnik, Professional Organizer and Anne Chow, MA

Registration Costs

Early bird pricing ends the Monday before the Event.  Regular pricing is until the day before the event.

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Non-Members All Categories
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Walk-in registrations will be accepted on the day of the event starting at 9:30 AM.

To cancel, please call or email 24 hours in advance or you will be charged for the event.  If NVLPC cancels an event, you will be refunded the cost of the event.


About the Event: 

Hoarding and grief – the tears behind the trash:  

Hoarding is a condition that has been more and more in the public view. Unfortunately, most of the shows out there thrive on the drama and don’t really explain what is happening to the person who is hoarding. While hoarding has much in common with the addition model, one of it’s major triggers is grief and loss. In this presentation we will discuss what hoarding is, how loss and grief affect the condition, real-life case studies and what it is like to work with the hoarding individual in their space vs the clinical environment.

Participants will understand how cluttering and hoarding impact the person and the family involved.

Participants will be able to describe how the person who hoards views their world in ways that are different from the average person

Participants will leave with real-world, hands-on techniques that can assist the person in reducing the hoard.


Earn 1.5 Contact Hours for attending this event.

About the Presenter:

Maria Spetalnik is a board Certified Professional Organizer (CPO) ® with over 25 years of experience helping others to establish control of their lives by helping them control their clutter. She is trained in organizational topics including chronic disorganization, hoarding, ADHD, Mental Health disorders, and elders.  Her company, Conquer the Clutter, employs a team of organizers offering personalized service ranging from short-term small projects to long-term large-scale support.

Maria takes a hands-on, holistic approach with clients, helping them work past the physical, mental and emotional causes of the clutter. She believes in her client’s ability to improve and teaches them how to make ongoing decisions about what to keep, sell or donate. Her goal is for them to be able to continue to do this for themselves in the future.

Maria has taught classes in multiple states about Chronic Disorganization and Hoarding to Police Officers, Sheriffs, Code Compliance Officers, Fire Marshalls, Animal Control Officers, EMT’s, Social Services Departments, Therapists, and others. Her Hoarding Basics class was entered into the FBI’s permanent training library in Quantico. She has worked with many of these professionals on behalf of her clients.

Her most recent book: Hoarding for Law Enforcement and Other Public Officials is a guide for public officials in how to navigate in a world that can be quite overwhelming for the unprepared. 


Anne Chow holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. She currently works in a Substance Use Treatment Center in McLean, Virginia as a Counselor-in-Residence in Addiction Counseling. She specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness. She is working towards LPC licensure. Before entering the counseling field, Anne was a special education teacher for 10 years, most recently in Fairfax County. She holds a Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Mary Washington and an Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.) in School Administration for University of Virginia. She lives in Merrifield with her supportive husband and 2 tiny dogs. Anne is excited to serve NVPLC this year as the Social Media Coordinator as well as the University Liaison.

Networking Notice: 

As part of our networking opportunities, we invite all members to bring their marketing materials to display, and/or to introduce themselves during our 2-minute introductions. Please let us know that you are interested when you RSVP.

 NVLPC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6130.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  NVLPC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.



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