Events  &  Meetings

MHOA Annual Educational Conference

October 26-28, 2016             Go to Annual Conference Page  



Hoarding Disorder:  Advancing Understanding & Interventions.

(September 29, 30)

Hoarding Disorder:  Advancing Understanding and Interventions. 

The North Shore Center for Hoarding and Cluttering (a North Shore Elder Services’ program) and the School of Social Work at Salem State University are very pleased to announce a major professional educational opportunity exploring issues and interventions involving persons experiencing hoarding disorder.  

Two half day intensives are scheduled for Thursday, September 29th and a full day general conference with keynote presentations and breakout sessions will occur on Friday, September 30th.   The sessions will be held at Doubletree Hilton Boston North Shore in Danvers, off Routes 95 and 1, thirty minutes north of Boston.
For Program Schedule, CEUs/Fees and Mail-In Registration click on these links:

Summary Flyer

Fee Schedule

Mail-In Registration Form


Social work CEUs are included at no additional charge.  Note to social workers licensed in Massachusetts:  September 30, 2016 is the last day to earn CEU’s during the current two-year licensure period.

Early bird registration rates are in effect through Friday, September 9th.  Breakout sessions have limited to seating capacity.  Register early to guarantee selections.

Register online at:  To register by mail, use attached form.

Please share with others in your organization and / or network.

Please address questions to Marnie Matthews, LCSW, MSW, Program Specialist at mmathews@nselder.orgor 978 624 2207 or Paul Lanzikos, Executive Director at 

Faculty will include nationally recognized experts in the field.  

Dr. Michael Tompkins, Ph.D., is a Founding Partner of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy.  Dr. Tompkins is the author of Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding, and Compulsive Acquiring and Clinician’s Guide to Severe Hoarding as well as many other books, chapters, and articles.   He has been featured in many media outlets including The New York TimesWall Street Journal, A & E Channel, and The Learning Channel.  He will conduct a three hour intensive on Thursday morning as well as be the luncheon keynote speaker on Friday as well as leading an afternoon breakout session.

David F. Tolin, Ph.D., is a board certified clinical psychologist and expert on cognitive-behavioral therapy. He is the founder and director of the Anxiety Disorders Center and the Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at The Institute of Living in Connecticut, and is a faculty member at the Yale University School of Medicine.  He is the author of over 150 scientific journal articles.   Since 2003 he has served as a principal investigator and scientific reviewer for the National Institutes of Health. He was the 2014 President of the Clinical Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association.  Dr. Tolin has been a recurrent guest on programs such as "The Dr. Oz Show" and "The Oprah Winfrey Show." He was the first psychologist on the A&E series "Hoarders," and was the host of the VH1 series "The OCD Project."  Dr. Tolin will be the morning keynote speaker on Friday morning.

Lee and Bec Shuer are the Principals of Mutual Support Counseling based in western Massachusetts which promotes the use of Peer Specialists. Lee partnered with Dr. Randy Frost to create The Facilitator’s Manual for the Buried in Treasures Workshop.  He created WRAP® for Reducing Clutter, based on Mary Ellen Copeland’s Wellness Recovery Action Plan®.  Lee learned to live successfully with his own mental health challenges and he has shared his experiences on and as well as in Scientific AmericanNature, and The New York Times.  Bec is a Certified WRAP Facilitator and Relationship Facilitator at MSC. She brings the voice of a Finder/Keeper's partner to the public, standing-up for the often silent people that live with other people's clutter.  "Don't lose your identity in other people's stuff," is a key part of her message.  Lee and Bec will be leading a Friday morning breakout session, The Ultimatum:  It Was Never About the Stuff.



Massachusetts Waste Haulers

Municipal Health Departments and Solid Waste Officials! 

Please Join Us for a Presentation and Discussion on

Best Practices for Municipalities Developing Hauler Regulations 

Thursday, September 29, 2016 -- Westborough, MA

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

E. L. Harvey & Sons, Inc.

68 Hopkinton Rd.

Westborough, MA 01581


What:  MassDEP has engaged DSM Environmental Services to develop a reference document on Best Practices for Municipalities Developing Hauler Regulations.  We are requesting input and feedback from solid waste/recycling haulers, municipal health departments, and solid waste officials.

Why:  Under Mass General Law, local Boards of Health have the authority to regulate private haulers operating in their communities. Many have requested a “model” or “template” to assist them with updating existing regulations or adopting new regulations to ensure recycling services for residents, businesses, and institutions.  In response, MassDEP contracted with DSM Environmental Services to compile a reference document or template (attached) for cities and towns seeking to harmonize local regulatory efforts and expand compliance with the waste disposal bans (310 CMR 19.017).

All are welcome.  We look forward to a good discussion!

*Credentialed Education Session: (2 CEUs offered to health officials)

Space is Limited. Please RSVP by September 23rdto:

Kathi Mirza

MassDEP Municipal Assistance Coordinator

E-mail: or phone 508-821-9469

Please indicate which meeting you plan to attend.

Thank you!

Meeting Invitation
Draft Municipal Hauler Regulations



System Inspector Certification Training - Fall 2016


NEIWPCC Certification training announcement:


The next Title 5 System Inspector certification class is scheduled for:

·         November 9 (class) and 16 (exam) in Easton, MA. View, download or print out the registration form HERE.


Please note that a System Inspector Application/Eligibility form must also be submitted with any certification class registration form, along with proof of eligibility and payment.


If you need hard copies of the System Inspector Application/Eligibility Form and the Registration Form for the training class, you may call NEIWPCC at 978-323-7929, ext.105 or email us at

The Title 5 System Inspector certification course consists of a full day of classroom training, followed by a 2-hour morning exam the following week. NEIWPCC offers this course at least twice a year, usually in the Spring and Fall, and in different areas of the state.December Quarterly Meeting



Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 - Urban Rodents

Flyer with Registration Form