Dr. Randy O. Frost
Dr. Randy O. Frost is the Harold and Elsa Siipola Israel Professor of Psychology at Smith College. He is an internationally recognized expert on obsessive compulsive disorder and hoarding disorder and has published more than 170 scientific articles, books, and book chapters on these topics. Dr. Frost serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation, and with Dr. Gail Steketee, co-edits the Hoarding Center on the IOCDF website.
He has co-authored several books on hoarding including Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding (with Drs. David Tolin and Gail Steketee and published by Oxford University Press). Buried in Treasures received a Self Help Book of Merit Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy in 2010. This book is the backbone of the Buried in Treasures Workshops that have been found to produce significant improvements in hoarding behaviors and are now running in many locations around the world. He has also published the Compulsive Hoarding and Acquiring Therapist Guide and client Workbook, through Oxford University Press.
His best selling book, Stuff: Compulsive hoarding and the meaning of things (with Gail Steketee), was published by Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt in 2010 and was a finalist for the 2010 Books for a Better Life Award. Stuff was also a New York Times Bestseller and named a Must Read Book for 2011 by Massachusetts Book Awards. Stuff has been translated into 4 languages. His newest work, The Oxford Handbook of Hoarding and Acquiring was published in 2014. His work has been funded by the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation and the National Institute of Mental Health.
Lee Shuer and Bec Belofsky Shuer
Lee Shuer and Bec Belofsky Shuer are the co-founders of Mutual Support Consulting. They are internationally recognized speakers, advocates and trainers, focusing on peer support and empowerment for people living with mental health challenges. They have made dozens of speaking and training appearances across the United States and Australia. Lee is an Advanced Level WRAP® Facilitator and a Certified Peer Specialist; he uses his personal recovery story to mentor others working through hard times. He is the author of WRAP® for Reducing Clutter, The Mutual Support Workbook, and partnered with Dr. Randy Frost to create The Buried in Treasures Workshop Facilitator’s Guide.
In 2013 he was presented with the Outstanding Advocate award from the Mental Health Association of San Francisco, for raising awareness about peer support and developing self-help groups for people who collect and clutter. In 2010 he received citations from MA State Congress in recognition of his success in creating opportunities for people with lived experience to provide peer support. Bec Belofsky Shuer, Co-founder of Mutual Support Consulting, is an international trainer, speaker, and relationship coach/guide. She studied psychology at Smith College and remains interested in emotional development and social connectedness.
As an outspoken peer advocate, Bec is candid about her own experiences dealing with depression and suicidal ideation, OCD, over shopping, and loss. Before starting MSC, she served families affected by autism spectrum disorder. She's been a matchmaker and dating coach in Miami and Massachusetts. Additionally, she has facilitated grief groups for children ages 3-5, is a Wellness Recovery Action Plan facilitator and a Buried in Treasures Workshop facilitator, too.