Kleptomanicas Anonymous
Shopaholics Anonymous
Employee Theft Solutions
Counseling for Over-shopping and Over-spending

The conference was a great success!

Overview & Need

One out of 11 people shoplift in America! 20% of every dollar earned by a U.S. company is lost to employee theft! These are problems throughout the world as well. Research reveals that most theft offenses are committed not out of economic need or greed but by people who succumb to personal and social pressures in their lives. Many people even become addicted to stealing through repetitive theft and don’t know help is available or if they do, they may be too ashamed to pursue it.

Most people think kleptomania–a rare condition–is the only diagnosis for people who steal. But most people who steal don’t fit the criteria for kleptomania. We need new ways of understanding and treating these behaviors which devastate individuals, families and societies.

This is the first conference devoted exclusively to exploring theft addictions and disorders which are much more prevalent than recognized and hardly ever effectively assessed or treated. This conference is designed to bring together the pioneers in these fields of theory, research and treatment to promote awareness, understanding, and real options for changes that are long overdue.


Who Should Attend

Mental health professionals of all disciplines (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, researchers); legal system workers (judges, prosecutors/attorneys, parole/probation/pretrial officers, police); retail & Corporate personnel (store owners/ managers/ supervisors/clerks, loss prevention, security system/human resources/employee assistance); lawmakers and policy makers; people with possible theft addictions and/or disorders, their family members and/or friends; and anyone interested in the study of human thought/behavior. CEUs available (MCBAP approved)

Co-organizers and Co-Presenters:

Terrence Shulman Terrence Daryl Shulman, JD,MSW,CSW,ACSW,CAC,CPC- Therapist, Attorney & Consultant. Founder/Director of The Shulman Center for Theft Addictions and Disorders in Detroit, MI. He has been in recovery himself from addictive-compulsive shoplifting and stealing since 1990. He founded C.A.S.A. (Cleptomaniacs And Shoplifters Anonymous)--a weekly support group--in 1992. He is the author of "Something for Nothing: Shoplifting Addiction and Recovery" (Infinity Publishing, 2004) and the upcoming book "Biting the Hand That Feeds: New Perspectives and New Solutions on The Employee Theft Epidemic" (2005). Mr. Shulman has been quoted in over 100 newspaper and magazine articles and has appeared on over 100 radio and TV programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show (September 2004).
E. Corsale Elizabeth Corsale, M.A., M.F.T. - Clinical Director, Outreach Coordinator and Co-Founder of Shoplifters Recovery Program in San Francisco, CA--an outpatient treatment program offering comprehensive diagnosis and treatment to individuals with theft behaviors. SRP also offers educational trainings and outreach to clinical professionals and to criminal justice institutions. Mrs. Corsale also has a private counseling practice.
Grant Dr. Jon E. Grant, M.D., J.D.--formerly Director of the Impulse Control Disorders Clinic at Butler Hospital in Providence, RI and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown Medical School...and is now Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. He has written over 70 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the phenomenology and pharmacological management of impulse control disorders, particularly pathological gambling and kleptomania. He is the author of "Stop Me Because I Can't Stop Myself" (McGraw-Hill, 2002) and edited "Pathological Gambling: A Clinical Guide to Treatment" (APA, 2004). Dr. Grant's research is funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health.



  FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30th 5:00 -10:00pm
5:00 - 7:30 pm Registration (Dinner on your own, snacks available at registration)
7:30 - 9:00 pm Keynote Speech & Welcome (Terrence Shulman, Elizabeth Corsale & Jon Grant)
9:00 -10:00 pm Social Mixer (Cash Bar/Snacks)
  SATURDAY OCTOBER 1st 7:30am - 5:00pm
7:30 - 8:30 am Registration
7:30 - 8:30 am Buffet Breakfast
8:30 - 9:45 am First Session
  Mr. Shulman: "Framing the Problem of Theft" (A Statistical, Legal, Commercial and Therapeutic Overview)
9:45 -10:00 am Break
10:00-11:15 am Second Session
  Ms. Corsale: "Cultural Considerations on Stealing" (A look at how the media portrays the problem)
11:15-11:30 am Break
11:30-12:30 pm Third Session
  Dr. Grant: "Clinical Characteristics of Compulsive Shoplifting" (20 years of research outlined)
12:30-1:30 pm Buffet Luncheon
1:30 - 2:00 pm Announcements/Q & A
2:00 - 3:15 pm Fourth Session
  A panel of persons recovering from Addictive Compulsive Theft (their stories)
3:15 - 3:30 pm Break
3:30 - 4:45 pm Fifth Session
  Mr. Shulman: "The Inside-out on Recovery (unique issues facing recovering theft addicts)
4:45 - 5:00 pm Break
5:00 - 6:00 pm Open C.A.S.A. Meeting (optional)
  *DINNER & EXPLORING ON YOUR OWN (Group Options/Outings will be available)
  SUNDAY OCTOBER 2ND 7:30am - 12noon
7:30 - 8:30 am Registration
7:30 - 8:30 am Buffet Breakfast
8:30 - 9:45 am Sixth Session
  Dr. Grant: "Pharmacological Treatment of Compulsive Shoplifters" (past, present and future trends)
9:45-10:00 am Break
10:00-11:15 am Seventh Session
  Mr. Shulman and Ms. Corsale: "Anger, Trauma & Grief: The Three Keys to Clinical Counseling with Theft Offenders" (case studies, assessment and treatment strategies):
11:15-11:30 am Break
11:30 -12 noon Wrap-up, Q & A, Next conference? & Evaluations/Certificates

The FIRST International Conference on Compulsive Theft, Spending & Hoarding

Friday September 30 -
October 2, 2005
Downtown Detroit, Michigan USA

The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft & Spending
CASA (Cleptomaniacs And Shoplifters Anonymous)

Be on the cutting edge of the newest addiction treatments!

Learn assessment/treatment strategies from a pioneer in
these fields!

Expand your skills to work with these topics and populations!

The FIRST International Conference on Compulsive Theft, Spending & Hoarding
Hoarders Anonymous
  Terrence Shulman
Founder/Director of
The Shulman Center
Shopaholics Anonymous
Shopaholics Hoarding Disorders Employee Theft