Tuesday, August 10, 2010

New Hoarding Support Group In San Mateo County

A colleague, Caroline Totah, RN, CPO-CD®, CPO®, who works on the peninsula south of San Francisco recently forwarded information about a new support group forming there for people with hoarding issues.

Those interested in attending the group can find out more at Peninsula Community Service's hoarding website: www.hoarders.org.

You will be directed to take a survey. For those who do not have access to the internet, you can call directly.
  • Joanne Chan, PsyD at 415-816-8611
  • Linda Merrifield at 650-343-4380.

I looked at the survey and it doesn't ask any personal questions about hoarding issues, but instead asks the reader about his/her preferences for where and how often meetings should be held, how long they should be, how far you would be willing to drive and what benefit you would like to derive from attending meetings.

I recommend visiting the PCS website whether or not you can attend this support group. It is really comprehensive with many resources and information for those living in the San Mateo County area as well as for anyone, anywhere.

And by the way, if you are in need of a professional organizer in the Pacifica area, please consider contacting Caroline Totah. I know her through my membership in the NSGCD (National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization) and she has a really wonderful list of qualifications and the personality to work with the "organizationally challenged." She has a great "About Me" page you shouldn't miss!

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Master Trainer!

Hello friends!

I have wonderful news! I have attained my Level V "Master Trainer" designation from the NSGCD! I had earned my Level IV "Coach" status last year after coaching a new student through her CPO-CD training, and my Level V status after having presented a training to colleagues, creating and presenting a new teleclass for the NSGCD and taking 10 hours of coaching training (I actually have far more than that...).

I immediately had my darling husband bow down to me and say "Yes, Master!" Well, we know how long that will last! :)

The certification director notified me over the weekend, so it may take a little while before it shows up on the NSGCD website.

Have a great week!

Margaret Pearson Pinkham, CPO-CD®
Level IV Coach
Level V Master Trainer