Members of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) are good. Very good. I’m one of them, I know. But participants in the Institute for Challenging Disorganization‘s (ICD) programming are skilled for clients with more demanding needs: clients with brain injuries, ADD, hoarding disorder and the like. ICD-certified Professional Organizers are VERY VERY VERY highly trained. Just the prerequisites course of study for ICD’s five levels of Specialty Certification involves six classes.
There is considerable joint membership between the two societies. And many people don’t join both, but take classes from both. ICD also offers marvelous resources for “civilians”: pamphlets to help people consider whether their disorganization is situational or more deeply-seated; techniques for starting conversations about disorganization; facts about procrastination, and many more. And there is, of course, a Directory of providers.
If you step into a home or business place of a friend, neighbor, colleague, client, family member and go “EEK, UMMM, URGH”, ICD members may be for you. I had dinner with one of the Hall of Famers in the NAPO AND ICD worlds last night, which prompted this post today.