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It's not my habit to write a blog in english. However, since this one is aimed at British Professional Organisers, you'll just have to bear with with me this time.

Next week I'm off to London. Not just as a tourist, although heaven knows I just love that city. The main reason for going there is to teach. As Hoarding specialist, I work with hoarding clients and their families, but I also train other professionals about this severe disorder. I think it is important to know what it is, how to recognise the symptoms, to understand that there may be other disorders present at the same time. Professional organisers need to know how to communicate with these vulnerable clients and they also need to know that there are several organising strategies that work, mainly because they are different from "every-day-organising-tactics".

 

The training I do in London is not just about hoarding, it's also about safety and ethics. Working in a "strange" house, with a client you've only recently met, can be challenging. You may run into situations you never thought of before, whether they affect your work or your safety or your stress level. Knowing what you may encounter and more so, knowing what you can do about it or how you may prevent it, can save your physical and mental health and your clients wellbeing. It all has to do with knowledge, gut-feeling and ethics.

 

It is easy to just "tell" my students about hoarding and safety, but I find it more important to let them feel what it means if you work with your clients in a certain way. I want my students to explore their beliefs and ethics by having them discuss short client cases. I need them to have a safety-and-ethics-code that they will use and honor.

 

I guess you can tell I'm rather passionate about these topics. Let me tell you why. I meet with lots of colleagues, in my own country and abroad. A lot of them are very experienced and we share and compare stories. Some colleagues are relatively new to the job and are eager to work with clients. And I understand that as a new business-owner, you want to get that experience by taking on as much clients as you can. But sometimes it is not safe to work with just any client. There is a huge difference between helping a client after a move to a new house, or helping a client with mental disorders like hoarding, ADD, depression or an anxiety disorder. In those cases it is essential that you know more about their conditions and that you have more experience and insights. Working with more challenging clients is very rewarding, but only if you know what you're doing. If not, you might not only put yourself in danger, you will very likely harm your client as well, by not knowing how to respond to a certain situation.

 

The training in London is primarily aimed at professional organisers who (want to) work with hoarding clients. But if you are rather new to the job, this training is also a perfect opportunity to find out if you might like to work with them in the future. Knowing what you don't want to do, is also a valuable outcome! Aside from all that: there is a lot of information in the training that is useful for every type of client. Even non-hoarding clients may benefit from creative organising strategies that I use. It's better to have more knowledge than you might need, than to go to a client's house and be unprepared for what might come up during an organising session. It's up to you if you want to stick to what you know right now, or that you want to take your profession and skills to the next level. It's that eagerness to learn more and that willingness to invest in your skills that will distinguish you from other organisers in the long run. Why waste such a perfect opportunity?

 

March 12, 9.30 AM -17.00 PM, Resources for London,356 Holloway Road, London UK,  £155,-

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