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PO-402 Safety in the Organizing Environment (February 2016)
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February 9, 2016 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM EST $135 members/$235 nonmembers

When: February 9, 2016
From 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM EST
Where: Webinar
Presenter: Deb Stanley
Contact: Genesis Guevarra

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PO-402 Safety in the Organizing Environment 

Title: Safety in the Organizing Environment 
Course #: PO-402W
Did you know there is a pest currently making a comeback and not even the finest hotels are immune? Do you know what to look for in used furniture, even expensive antiques?
… a client misuses a toxic chemical while you're there. 
… you encounter rodent droppings in a client's basement. 
… a client screams at you and throws something in your direction. 
… you sprain your ankle while on a job. 
… a fight breaks out in a client's office. 
… you sees marks on a client's child and suspect abuse.
Would you know what to do? Could you keep yourself safe while responding appropriately?
There are thousands of other potentially dangerous situations that you or your staff might encounter as professional organizers in the field. Have you thought of them all? Are you ready?
Course Description: This course raises awareness of the many safety issues a professional organizer might encounter on the job and provides specific options for avoiding, eliminating, or mitigating these risks. Both personal and environmental safety are addressed, including client criminal activity, domestic violence, and personal assault; respiratory, contact, and ingestion dangers; risks associated with insects and animals; and emergencies and injuries related to lifting, exertion, individual limits, and temperature extremes. Enlightening and sometimes startling, this three-hour course prepares professional organizers to protect themselves, their staff members, and their clients.
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:


  • Define personal and environmental safety on the job as a professional organizer.
  • Anticipate and avoid or mitigate potential safety risks.
  • Recognize subtle dangers that would escape the notice of the average person.
  • List health and safety tools of the trade and assemble a safety kit.
  • Help clients to identify and correct dangers in their homes and offices.
  • Plan safe and appropriate responses to a variety of dangers and emergencies.
  • Recommend environmentally responsible disposal options for hazardous materials.
  • Identify options for further preparedness training and research. 

Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Debbie Stanley, LPC, NCC, CPO-CD® is a licensed mental health counselor, industrial psychologist, and veteran author, instructor, and speaker in the world of professional organizing. She specializes in helping clients with chronic disorganization and hoarding and provides case consultation for peers. Debbie holds a B.F.A. in journalism, M.A. in industrial/organizational psychology, and M.S. in mental health counseling. She also holds the National Certified Counselor credential from the National Board for Certified Counselors and the Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization (CPO-CD®) credential from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD), formerly the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (NSGCD). Debbie is a member of NAPO's Golden Circle, leader of the Authorship and Publishing Special Interest Group, past president of NAPO-Southeast Michigan, and recipient of a 2009 NAPO Shining Star Award and 2010 NAPO Founders' Award. Debbie is also the author of books including Organize Your Personal Finances in No Time, Organize Your Home in No Time, Newbie Pitfalls: 50 Obstacles on the Road to Success as a Professional Organizer and How to Avoid Them!, Ethical Pitfalls for Professional Organizers, and Let Me Show You the Basement: A Guide to Staying Safe in Clients' Homes.
Format of course: Webinar
Location: Via telephone (audio) and internet (visual) (*Please note: The dial-in number for this course is not a toll-free number. Registrants are advised to utilize a long-distance service that provides cost-effective rates for extended-length calls.)
Class size: Class is limited to a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 50 participants. If the minimum requirement is not met, course registrants will be transferred to the next offering of this class, free of charge.
Cost: $135 for members/$235 for non-members
Confirmation and Course Materials: Confirmation of registration & course materials will be emailed to you at least three days prior to the course start date. If you do not receive this email, it is your responsibility to contact NAPO (via phone: 856.380.6828 or email: at least 24 hours prior to the course start date.
Cancellation and Transfer Policy: ALL CANCELLATIONS AND TRANSFER REQUESTS MUST BE MADE IN WRITING. A $10 processing fee will be charged for all cancellations or transfers. No refunds will be made on cancellations received less than one week before the course. No transfer requests will be honored once course information is received. Transfers will be accommodated based on course availability.
Disclaimer: This teleclass may be recorded and may be offered for sale at NAPO's sole discretion. By signing up for the teleclass, you irrevocably grant NAPO all rights in any contribution you make to the recording.


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