CREDENTIALS

Are you looking for a professional organizer with expertise, education and experience? Please check out the credentials and examples of lifetime learning below.

Jill's Certification

In April 2005, Jill Lawrence, CPO-CD®, was the first person in Washington DC to achieve the status of Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization – and she was among the first 20 in the United States.

This rigorous 18-month mentoring-study program created by the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) includes assignments such as–

  •  researching client differences for discussion (anonymous)
  •  presenting written medical case studies (anonymous)
  •  developing written needs assessments (anonymous)
  •  reading books to write comparative analysis papers with bibliographies
  •  earning service points by doing volunteer community work
  •  participating in one-on-one coaching and self-assessments

NSGCD Certificate
To achieve this Level III certification status, the professional organizer must submit to and pass a Peer Review exam before a panel of questioners.

The ICD’s CPO-CD® certification program was launched in 2002. It differs from NAPO’s (National Association of Professional Organizers) CPO® program which is awarded based on a multiple choice exam first given in the fall of 2005. NAPO’s CPO® certification does not require any one-on-one weekly training sessions or written research and homework assignments.

The ICD is an international educational non-profit organization. Members include professional organizers and health care professionals in allied fields.

Professional Achievements

Since 1996, Jill Lawrence of Jill-of-all-Trades has been a full-time professional organizer and member of both NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) and the ICD (Institute for Challenging Disorganization ).


NSGCD – Credentials
National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization

  •  CPO-CD® – Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization (Level III)
  •  ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) Specialist (Level II)
  •  CD (Chronic Disorganization) Specialist (Level II)
  •  All Certificates of Study (Level I) currently available including –

    •  Learning Styles and Modalities
    •  Life Transitions
    •  Needs of the Elderly
    •  Needs of the Student
    •  Basic Mental Health Conditions and Challenges
    •  Basic Physical Conditions and Challenges
    •  Basic Hoarding Issues
    •  Basic ADD Issues
    •  Client Administration
    •  Chronic Disorganization
  •  National Conference Panel Presenter – (2003)
  •  National Teleconference Presenter – (2002 through 2009)

NAPO - National – Credentials

  •  National Association of Professional Organizers
  •  Golden Circle Member (Status Awarded in 2001)
  •  Book Review Editor of NAPO News - national newsletter (2002-2004)
  •  NAPO National Conferences attended – 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005

Julie Morgenstern and Jill Lawrence

NAPO - Washington, DC Metro Chapter– Credentials
[National Association of Professional Organizers, Washington, DC Metro]

  •  Board of Directors, Media/Marketing Director –
    ( four terms 1996 – 2001)
  •  Presenter, Annual Spring Mid-Atlantic Regional Conferences –
    (2002 and 2005)

 

Statistics

According to Malcolm Gladwell in his book, Outliers, it takes 10,000 hours of practice to reach an advanced level of competency in a subject matter. That means that at least 10 years must be spent working 20 hours a week to reach that threshold of 10,000 hours. In addition, to gain real mastery in a subject, the person must engage in deliberate practice, constantly learning and improving skills.

 

Jill Lawrence, CPO-CD®, has surpassed the 10,000-hours threshold, studied and passed a Peer Review Certification Exam and teaches other organizers at chapter meetings, conferences and through international teleclasses.”

 

 

 

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The mission of the
Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) is to explore, create, and disseminate to professional organizers and related professionals – organizing methods, techniques, approaches, and solutions that will benefit chronically disorganized (CD) people.



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