Facilitator Training: Buried in Treasures

Get trained in the curriculum so that you can feel ready to run groups at your agency or in your community.
Buried In Treasures is a 16-week evidence-based skill-building workshop based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Each session is 2-hours long and contains a number of activities/discussions to aid participants in overcoming the struggles associated with hoarding disorder and excessive clutter. Groups are generally comprised of 10-12 participants and 2 facilitators. 


Buried in Treasures Workshop


Would you like to learn tips on how to de-clutter and stop over-acquiring with a group of people who know what it’s like? Join us for this group created by and for people ready to live a less-cluttered life! Each week we’ll discuss a skill from the book, Buried in Treasures and complete challenging and rewarding exercises. We’ll also check in with our individual progress, challenges, successes, and goals. This group offers a judgment-free environment for people ready to make a change in their life.

We will meet in-person privately at Hillsboro Community Senior Center 

(750 SE 8th Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97123)

On Wednesdays, 10 am-12 pm starting August 16th, for 17 weeks -

taking Wednesday, November 22, off. The last class is on December 13, 2023.

You can stay and pay for lunch afterward.

This training is free of cost. It is essential to attend each week.

 PRE-APPLY TODAY: Call or drop by the

Hillsboro Community Senior Center,
750 SE 8th Ave., Hillsboro, OR * (503) 615-1090
The course registration number is 28335.
Space is limited. Pre-application is required.
The instructor will notify individuals that have been approved.  

Buried in Treasures Workshop

WHAT: It's the most EXCESSIVE time of the year! Skip the stores & join
Cost: $40 (OHP/Medicaid accepted), scholarships & sliding scale available

Buried in Treasures Workshop (532.16 KB)

Buried in Treasures Workshops (Online)



Questions? Please reach out to us at (503) 894-6663 or BuriedinTreasuresOR@gmail.com

Buried in Treasures Online Spring 2023 (802.08 KB)

The Buried in Treasures is a FREE 17-week peer-led, encouraging, and judgment-free program sponsored by Multnomah County's Older Adult Behavioral Health Team. These small group, discussion-filled classes provide people with similar experiences with understanding, skills, and support to understand why they have trouble letting go of items, have clutter around their home, are chronically disorganized, hoarding tendencies, or compulsively acquire.

This program is not for service providers, family members, or caregivers, but for those living with and wanting change.

The classes are not recorded. What is said is confidential. You will learn a lot about yourself, including skills to make the changes you need to create the home you envision.

Each 2-hour session focuses on a chapter in the book, Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding, with readings, activities, and homework between sessions. Once accepted as a participant, Multnomah County will mail this workbook to you. You must pre-apply to the program.

Participants must plan to commit to attending all 17 sessions as well as to participate actively. If you have a scheduled time away, to be successful, you'll still need to do the reading and homework, and communicate the absence ahead of time with the facilitator.

You will find a supportive community of people like yourself who are baffled and ready for change.

If this describes you and you are committed to exploring change within yourself, apply and join us.

You do not need to be defined or think of yourself as a hoarder or compulsive acquirer to benefit from the program. If you feel you need to declutter, simplify, or downsize, have too much stuff, or have trouble letting go or over-acquire, this class helps you learn other lifelong coping skills and better habits.

As one's health and mental capacity can decrease, it does not get easier as one becomes older. 

Hoarding Task Force


The Hoarding Taskforce aims to provide training to professionals and community members, create and maintain a website with resources and information, and to reduce stigma and promote best practices.

Hoarding task force charter (70.98 KB)


Quarterly meetings (temporarily suspended due to COVID-19) are open to the public and include updates on taskforce workgroups and training opportunities, opportunities to get involved, and an educational component. 

2020 Hoarding Task Force Report (1.3 MB) 

The Hoarding Task Force Goals are:

  • Provide training to professionals and community members
  • Create and maintain a website with resources and information
  • Reduce stigma and promote best practices

Quarterly meetings also include time for Q&A and networking. 

Hoarding Task Force Flyer (256.72 KB)


To be added to the email list or for more information, please email hoarding@multco.us