photoKings Highway neighbor Jerri Locke keeps mentioning this hoarding conference to me, and she’s never even been inside my house, so I assume it’s because she wants me to tell you guys about it and not because this is an intervention.

“Lighten up!” the 2013 Southwest Conference on Hoarding is from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, June 7, in the Hitt Auditorium at Methodist Hospital. The keynote speaker is Cory Chalmers form the TV show “Hoarders.”

The conference is for professionals as well as people who are concerned with a relative or friend’s hoarding tendencies. Registration costs $25 and includes breakfast and lunch. Here is the schedule:

Registration and Continental Breakfast              8 am – 9 am
Welcome                                                                   9 am – 9:15 am
“Hoarding: A Simple  Look at a Complex            9:15 am – 10:45 am
Disorder” – Cory Chalmers (Key Note)

Break                                                                          10:45 am – 11 am
Continuation of Key Note                                      11am – 12:30 pm
Lunch                                                                        12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
“Hoarding and the DSM V”                                    1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
– Peggy McMahon, Ph.D.

“Hoarders in the Midst”                                           2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
– Jennifer Owens, Esq.

Break                                                                          3:15 pm – 3:30 pm
“Animal Hoarders”                                                   3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
– Colby Grady, CTPO

Wrap-up                                                                     4:30 pm – End