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

Our first 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!** 6% of the population suffer from compulsive buying disorder.*** 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 second conference devoted to exploring theft addictions and disorders which are much more prevalent than recognized and hardly ever effectively assessed or treated. It is also one of the first to address the growing problem of compulsive shopping and spending. 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); financial and credit counselors, lawmakers and policy makers; people who compulsively steal, shop or overspend, their family members and/or friends; and anyone interested in the study of human thought/behavior. CEUs available (MCBAP approved)

*National Association for Shoplifting Prevention
**U.S. Chamber of Commerce
***2006 Stanford University Landmark Study

Terrence Shulman

Co-organizers and

Terrence Daryl Shulman, JD, MSW, LMSW, ACSW, CAAC, CPC- Therapist, Attorney & Consultant--Founder/Director of The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft & Spending in Detroit, MI -- has been serving people since 1992. He founded C.A.S.A. (Cleptomaniacs And Shoplifters Anonymous)--a weekly support group--in 1992 and has been in recovery himself since 1990.

Mr. Shulman is the author of:
"Something for Nothing: Shoplifting Addiction and Recovery" (2004)
"Biting the Hand That Feeds: New Perspectives and New Solutions on The Employee Theft Epidemic" (2005)
"Bought Out & $pent: Recovery from Compulsive $hopping and $pending" (2008)

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. He organized and presented at the First International Conference on Theft Addictions & Disorders in Detroit, 2005.


  FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 26th 5:00pm - 9:00pm
5:00 - 9:00 Registration
5:00 - 7:30 pm Social mixer (happy hour at the hotel)
7:30 - 9:00 pm Dinner on your own
  SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 27th 7:30am - 5:30pm
7:30 - 8:30 am Registration
7:30 - 8:30 am Continental Buffet Breakfast
8:30 - 9:45 am First Session
  Mr. Shulman: “Something for Nothing: Shoplifting Addiction & Recovery”
9:45 -10:00 am Break
10:00-11:15 am Second Session
  Mr. Shulman: "Biting The Hand That Feeds: The Employee Theft Epidemic… New Perspectives, New Solutions”
11:15-11:30 am Break
11:30-12:45 pm Third Session
  Mr. Shulman: "Bought Out and $pent! Recovery from Compulsive $hopping and $pending”
12:45-1:45 pm Buffet Luncheon and Break
1:45 - 2:00 pm Open discussion and Q & A
2:00 - 3:15 pm Fourth Session
  A Panel of Persons Recovering from Compulsive Stealing and Shopping/Spending—Their Stories
3:15 - 3:30 pm Break
3:30 - 4:45 pm Fifth Session
  Mr. Shulman: "The Big Picture: Cultural and Global Influences and Shifts…
What Can We Do?”
4:45 - 5:00 pm Final Open Discussion and Q & A
5:00 - 6:00 pm Optional Open Recovery Support Group Meeting
5:00 - 7:30 pm Social mixer (happy hour at the hotel)
  *DINNER & EXPLORING ON YOUR OWN (Group Options/Outings will be available)

The SECOND International Conference on Compulsive Theft, Spending & Hoarding

Saturday, September 27, 2008
8600 Wickham Road
Romulus, Michigan 48174 (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 SECOND International Conference on Compulsive Theft, Spending & Hoarding
Hoarders Anonymous
  Terrence Shulman
Founder/Director of
The Shulman Center
Shopaholics Anonymous
Shopaholics Hoarding Disorders Employee Theft