MassHousing is hosting a major conference on hoarding tomorrow in Marlborough that will feature a number of nationally renowned experts who will discuss their strategies to better understand and respond effectively to the complex issues related to hoarding in housing.
Among those experts is Lee Shuer, Director of Mutual Support Services at ServiceNet, Inc., in Northampton. He is a Certified Peer Specialist, and an Advanced Level WRAP facilitator. He partnered with Dr. Randy Frost to create The Facilitator’s Manual for the Buried in Treasures Workshop. He created WRAP® for Clutter based on Mary Ellen Copeland’s Wellness Recovery Action Plan®. He authored The Mutual Support Workbook, for training mental health workers.
Shuer has learned to live successfully with his own mental health challenges, and since 2000, has strived to integrate clinical and peer services. He has been featured on ABCNews.com, NBCNews.com, Seoul Broadcasting System, Scientific American, The New York Times, Le Monde de I'ltelligence, Canadian Public Radio, WFCR, P.E.E.R.S. Network Radio, CBS Sunday Morning, and through speaking and training engagements across the United States.
Shuer received citations from the Massachusetts State Senate and House of Representatives for developing meaningful employment opportunities for people living with mental health challenges in 2010, and was awarded 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 2013.