The Shulman Center

Terrence Shulman
Founder/Director of
The Shulman Center

Terry Shulman

January 2010 Monthly e-Newsletter
"Endings and Beginnings"
Terrence Daryl Shulman


Mark your calendars!

New Years group telephone therapy sessions for persons struggling with compulsive theft and/or spending
starting this month! Relapses frequently occur just before, during, or after the holiday season! Get a jump on creating a solid foundation for the new year. Individual phone counseling tune-ups are available as well.
Contact Terrence Shulman 248-358-8508 or by e-mail at: for
more information.

Therapist Telephone Training on compulsive theft and spending begins this month! Please contact Terrence Shulman at or 248-358-8508 for more information.
Be on the cutting edge of these newer and exciting fields of treatment. Led by Mr. Shulman, learn how
to assess and treat clients who suffer from compulsive theft and/or spending.

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Endings and Beginnings

Time magazine recently ran a cover story calling this last decade "The Decade from Hell." Certainly, the
21st century has gotten off to a rocky start with wars, terrorism, financial upheaval, sharper political
division and various natural disasters. 2009 alone has been one of my most challenging years, personally and professionally, and many others have shared the same sentiment.

In numerology, the number "9" (as in 2009) symbolizes endings. For many of us, 2009 couldn't end too soon. Yet, we can look back and see the many good times and miracles of the last year and the last decade. Crises bring both danger and opportunity.

The decade began with actress Winona Ryder's infamous shoplifting arrest and trial, included the Enron scam, Martha Stewart's fall, Bernie Madoff, Wall Street schemes, housing busts, and culminated with a British priest condoning shoplifting as the least of evils in an unjust world.

Yet, I remain quite optimistic about the coming year and the future as overshopping/overspending, shoplifting and employee theft have received continue to receive more media coverage. We are moving toward greater awareness and understanding of these phenomena and treatment options are becoming increasingly available. And while we've seen a marked increase in stealing since the financial downturn
of the last couple of years, we are collectively reassessing our values and priorities in life. This is a good thing.

Pain can be--and often is--a primary motivator for change. However, pain and fear often fade in time. Those who do best at maintaining positive change learn to be internally motivated rather than externally motivated and also learn to desire change less out of remembrance of pain or fear and more because they have positive goals that keep them interested and exciting about co-creating and enjoying their lives.

Some primary dimensions of our lives include money, career, health, relationships, spirituality, community, fun, and passion/purpose.

So, ask yourself: in this past year in these primary dimensions of life what is ending & what is beginning?

What were one or two of your biggest challenges or most painful situations?

How did you get through it?

What did you learn about yourself or about life?

If you were to go through something similar in the future, what would you do differently?

Are you hopeful that 2010 will be different, easier, better?

What actual changes are you going to implement in 2010 from what you learned in 2009?

May 2010 bring each of us exactly what we need and most of what we desire.


Consumer Confidence?

Retail sales estimates are in from the 2009 holiday shopping season and it looks like there was about a
3% increase over last year. However, this may be partly due to the extra shopping day this year as Thanksgiving fell one day earlier than last year; thus, it is estimated that the overall increase is closer to 1%. Online shopping again was more brisk than in-store shopping.

While it's natural to hope for the economy to move forward and, with it, consumer confidence and spending, we need to be on guard for returning to our old ways of overconsuming or we will be right back in trouble. As we move forward, we don't wish to live in fear but we do need to keep developing a more balanced relationship with money, credit and things.

What are your goals and hopes around money in the New Year?

What specific changes are you considering making?

If you could look back a year from now, what would you like to be able to declare as a success?


Lawsuit Update

After a two-year long struggle, this matter is finally resolved. We wish to thank all of you for your support.

Please note: A press release also will soon be made available with the following wording:

The National Association for Shoplifting Prevention ("NASP") and Terrence Daryl Shulman are pleased to
announce the amicable resolution of their trademark and copyright infringement dispute. The terms and
conditions of the settlement are confidential.  As part of the settlement, the parties agreed to respect the
copyrights and trademarks of NASP going forward and to work separately toward the common goal of
heightening public awareness about shoplifting and help anyone struggling with a shoplifting issue find the
help, support and counseling they need to successfully address their shoplifting problem or addiction.  This amicable resolution will help focus attention and resources on this serious issue and alleviate any confusion that might have existed regarding the parties.

Mr. Shulman is a therapist, author, lawyer and addiction counselor and will continue his work as the founder and director of The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft and Spending through his website at  Under the auspices of a new Michigan-based company called Cleptomaniacs
and Shoplifters Anonymous LLC ("CASA LLC"), the CASA self-help groups that Mr. Shulman started in 1992 as part of his own recovery will continue at the website

The National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP), founded in 1977 as Shoplifters Anonymous, Inc. and operating since 1989 as a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization, will continue its mission to raise public awareness about the harmful effects of shoplifting on youth, families and communities, unite public opinion toward constructive solutions, deliver needed programs and services and engage community action in prevention efforts under its Shoplifters Anonymous, Shoplifters Alternative, Y.E.S. Program, and NASP


Compulsive Theft & Spending in The News! December 2009/January 2010:

December 3--Mr. Shulman was featured on Canadian Broadcast Corporation's "Doc-Zone" series
about compulsive shoplifting.See

December 9--Mr. Shulman was interviewed on a Seattle-based radio station on shoplifting addiction.

December 13--Mr. Shulman was interviewed on a Kentucky-based radio station about compulsive
shopping and spending.

December 23--Mr. Shulman appeard on local Detroit TV news channel 4 (NBC) on shoplifting addiction. See

January 1--Mr. Shulman will have an article in the Jack Hayes, International Loss Prevention quarterly
newsletter. See

January 11--Mr. Shulman is to be interviewed on hoarding by Boston-based Karen Kenney, a
professional ogranizer, on her radio/Internet show. See

January 19--Mr. Shulman will be interviewed on an Internet radio station devoted to parenting issues.

Mr. Shulman is assisting the Baton Rouge, Louisiana court system a court-ordered three hour
facilitated educational program for retail fraud offenders. The program is based on material from his book "Something for Nothing: Shoplifting Addiction and Recovery" (2003).

Beyond January...

Mr. Shulman to be featured on self-publishing and creating a counseling practice/business at

Mr. Shulman submitted a chapter on employee theft for a U.K. book entitled "Risky Business" to be
released in early 2010.

Mr. Shulman created an online continuing education course on compulsive shopping and spending
called "Bought Out and $pent!" based on his book and Power Point presentation. The course is
offered through The American Psychotherapy Association and is available for purchase by APA
members and non-members and CEs are available. See

Mr. Shulman created an online education course called "Creating an Honest and Theft-Free
Workplace" based on his book and Power Point presentation through 360 Training Services. CEs
are available. See

Mr. Shulman is assisting with a CNN TV news story about compulsive shopping/spending in today's

Mr. Shulman will be featured in a segment on shoplifting addiction in the MSNBC series "Theft in
America" to air in late 2009/early 2010.

Mr. Shulman is consulting on the development of a major motion picture tentatively called "The Rush"
in which the lead character is addicted to shoplifting and stealing.

Mr. Shulman continues to assist the Kingman, Arizona court system with his court-ordered
homestudy program for retail fraud offenders. The program is based on material from his book
"Something for Nothing: Shoplifting Addiction and Recovery" (2003).

Mr. Shulman is consulting with an author who is writing a novel about two kleptomaniacs who fall
in love with each other.

Contact The Shulman Center

Terrence Shulman
P.O. Box 250008
Franklin, Michigan 48025


Call (248) 358-8508 for free consulation!

Related sites by Terrence Shulman:


Something For Nothing
Biting The Hand That Feeds
Bought Out and $pent

Products for Purchase--ON SALE through 2009!

Mr. Shulman's three books "Something for Nothing: Shoplifting Addiction & Recovery" and "Biting The Hand That Feeds: The Employee Theft Epidemic... New Perspectives, New Solutions," and "Bought Out and $pent! Recovery from Compulsive $hopping and $pending" are availabe for $25.00 each (includes shipping/handling).

Second International Conference on Compulsive Theft & Spending 2 DVD set (6 Hours). Recorded 9/08. $100.00.

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