Peace of Mind Organizing

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While professional organizing is an industry for which no college degree is available (yet!), I’ve amassed a great deal of education and credentials since starting Peace of Mind Organizing® LLC in 2005.

National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals (NAPO)

  • Member of NAPO since 2005
  • St. Louis Chapter President, January 2008 to May 2010; May 2015 to May 2016
  • St. Louis Chapter programming committee, 2013 to 2015
  • St. Louis Chapter Immediate Past President, May 2010 to May 2012, May 2016 to May 2018
  • St. Louis Chapter Vice President, May 2007 to December 2007
  • St. Louis Chapter Membership Director, May 2006 to December 2007; May 2018 to present
  • Named St. Louis Chapter Volunteer of the Year, May 2018
  • Member of NAPO-St. Louis since 2006 (its inception)
  • Member of the NAPO Virtual Chapter, 2015-2016
  • Charter board member of NAPO-St. Louis
  • Achieved Golden Circle (veteran) status, January 2011
  • Member of the task team for the development of a new time management course in the NAPO education curriculum, 2012
  • Chairperson of the national Quick Poll Committee, 2009 to 2012
  • Member of the national Nominating Committee, 2009, 2010
  • Member of the national Website Committee, 2009

NAPO education

  • Completed eight-hour NAPO course on Fundamental Organizing Principles, February 2006
  • Completed eight-hour NAPO course on Starting Your Organizing Business, March 2006
  • Completed NAPO course on Ethics for Professional Organizers and Productivity Specialists, June 2014
  • Completed NAPO course on Time Management from the Inside Out for Professional Organizers, September 2012
  • Attended nine NAPO national conferences (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2015)
  • Attended regional NAPO conference sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of NAPO, October 2006
  • Attended regional NAPO conference sponsored by the Washington, DC chapter of NAPO, March 2008
  • Attended regional NAPO conference sponsored by the Chicago chapter of NAPO, November 2008

Institute for Challenging Disorganization (formerly NSGCD)

  • Member of the national Board of Directors (Marketing Director), 2010-2012
  • Received Level III Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization® credential after 20-month mentored educational program and passing peer review, October 2009 (recertified 2012; let certification expire in 2015)
  • Earned Level II Specialist Certificate in Hoarding, November 2010
  • Earned Level II Specialist Certificate in Attention Deficit Disorder, October 2007
  • Earned Level II Specialist Certificate in Chronic Disorganization, April 2006
  • Earned ten Level I Certificates of Study in:
    • Chronic Disorganization
    • Basic ADD Issues for the Chronically Disorganized Client
    • Basic Hoarding Issues with the Chronically Disorganized Client
    • Basic Mental Health Conditions
    • Basic Physical Conditions Affecting the Chronically Disorganized Client
    • Chronically Disorganized Client Administration
    • Understanding the Needs of Elderly Chronically Disorganized Clients
    • Learning Styles and Modalities
    • Understanding the Needs of the Student CD Client
    • Life Transitions with the CD Client
  • Taken more than 150 ICD/NSGCD-sponsored teleclasses since August 2005
  • Attended ten ICD/NSGCD national conferences (for a total of some 75 hours of training), 2006 (2), 2007 (2), 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2014
  • Member since August 2005
  • Member of the ICD Speakers’ Bureau since August 2009
  • NSGCD/ICD Ambassador, 2008-2010, 2014-
  • Member of the Service Point Task Force, 2008-2009

Board of Certification of Professional Organizers®

  • Received Certified Professional Organizer® credential after meeting examination experience criteria and passing exam, 2008
  • Recertified, after completing 45 continuing education units, 2011, 2014 and 2017
  • Member of the BCPO Program Development Committee since 2012-2015

Australasian Association of Professional Organizers

  • Attended (and spoke at) AAPO annual conference in Brisbane, Australia, August 2009

Professional Organizers in Canada

  • Attended POC annual conference in Toronto, Canada, November 2011

Coach Approach for Organizers

  • Graduated from nine-week program in March 2007 (27 hours of training)

Estate Organization and Assisting Estate Administrators

  • Completed two-day training course, August 2007

Eyes of a Stranger Method of Conducting Client Needs Assessment

  • Completed one-day training, June 2006
  • Licensed consultant, August 2006 to August 2009

Freedom Filer system

  • Completed one-day training, April 2007
  • Completed certification program, November 2007

Coaching Mastery

  • Completed two-day training course on coaching skills with success coach Michael Neill (16 hours of training)

Mental Health Association of San Francisco

  • Attended annual Hoarding and Cluttering Conference, October 2006

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