Dr Randy O Frost
Randy 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. Second editions of all three of these books were published in 2014. 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. Dr. Frost is one of the original members of the Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium and has served as consultant to numerous communities in setting up task forces to deal with the problem of hoarding.
In 2012, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in innovation, treatment, and research in the field of hoarding and cluttering by the Mental Health Association of San Francisco. In 2013, he received a Career Achievement Award from the International OCD Foundation for his work on hoarding. He has given hundreds of talks on hoarding and numerous workshops for clinicians, public health, housing, and elder service professionals, as well as people suffering from hoarding problems.
Dr Stuart Whomsley
Stuart is a clinical psychologist working in the NHS and voluntary sector with people who have hoarding related problems He works both with individual s and in a group setting. Stuart is co-author of the British Psychological Society guidelines “A psychological perspective on hoarding”. He is also a regular conference speaker, and contributor to radio and television in relation to hoarding disorder. In addition, Stuart is Involved in county hoarding strategy development.
Kathryn qualified in social work in 1984, and worked in generic teams, then mental health and adult care services before joining the University of Stirling in 1997. Her teaching responsibilities reflect her research interests: practitioner decision- making; law and policy, ethical dilemmas and service user and carer participation around adult support and protection. She is the pathway lead for the PG Certificate in Adult Services, Support and Protection. Past research studies have used participative methodologies, working with ASP practitioners and service users as co-researchers. Her current project with Fiona Sherwood- Johnson, in partnership with the Ceartas advocacy project, explores older people’s experiences of safety and vulnerability in everyday life. Recent publications explore the concepts of inability of safeguard and choice; the convergences and divergences in adult support and protection law and policy across the UK; and a reflection of how practice has developed and future challenges for support and protecting adults.
Mary has worked in Perth & Kinross since 1994, initially as a Care Manager in both urban and rural areas until 2005. Following this, she worked as a training officer for protecting vulnerable adults until 2008 when she was appointed Adult Support and Protection (ASP) Coordinator.
Mary was involved nationally in developing the codes of practice and training prior to the implementation of the ASP Act. In recent years Mary has chaired the ADSW group for ASP, was a member of the policy forum and currently is a board member of Action on Elder Abuse Scotland branch. In March 2013, she was also given a wider remit of Community Safety.
Alesha practices Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) which integrates Applied Behaviour Analysis with person-centred approaches which look at the person’s whole life. Alesha uses PBS is to teach the person better ways to cope with stressful situations, teach them new skills, develop the skills they have and learn ‘functionally equivalent’ skills; the ultimate goal of PBS is an improvement of quality of life.
In her role at The Richmond Fellowship Scotland (TRFS), Alesha supports individuals with a range of complex needs who are either living within their community or in hospital settings; Alesha and her team provide behavioural advice and support to services across the entirety of Scotland; this includes conducting behavioural assessments, analysing data, environmental and interpersonal analysis and synthesis of information to ascertain the reasons behind particular behaviours which may be deemed challenging. Alesha works closely with practitioners and multi-disciplinary teams to create bespoke strategies and plans that will offer supported people more enrichment within their lives. Alesha will also spend time within services training the staff and managers on how to best respond to behaviours of concerns. Alesha holds several social care qualifications as well as being trained in CBT and Low-arousal stress reduction. Outwith TRFS, Alesha is a trustee for a mental health charity, she works with local autism and learning disability charities completing fundraising and, in her spare time she is an artist who exhibits and sells pieces for charities.
Erica is the Head of Learning and Development for The Richmond Fellowship Scotland (TRFS). Previously Erica has worked in health improvement and health inequalities for ten years. She came to TRFS in November 2017 from NHS Health Scotland where she worked in a variety of roles, including Head of Training for Choose Life and the Mental Health Improvement Programme. She led the programme which supported the public sector to train 15,000 front line staff in suicide prevention skills for the Heat 5 Suicide Prevention target and wrote the 2011 national mental health improvement workforce strategy for the public, private and third sector. Erica’s focus is on learning cultures and systems, the ways in which organisations enable their staff to continually learn and improve, and the difference this makes to motivation and engagement.
Sue Hudson Craufurd
(Registered Mental Health Nurse, MSc Addictions, CBT cert)
Sue is a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and has trained hundreds of practitioners who are interested in applying Motivational Interviewing in a variety of settings.
Sue has extensive experience in working with clients who develop problems with drugs and alcohol and has developed and delivered courses as a visiting lecturer at Glasgow University at Masters level. Sue has also delivered training internationally to practitioners who apply to be MI trainers and she mentors new trainers who join MINT.
Sue currently works as a practitioner and trainer in an NHS substance misuse setting, offering 1-1 and group interventions to clients and support to staff to deliver evidence-based treatments. Sue joined Life-Pod in 2016 and has delivered training to a wide variety of practitioners who work with clients who hoard.