The Shulman Center

Terrence Shulman
Founder/Director of
The Shulman Center

Terry Shulman

June 2011 Monthly e-Newsletter
"June-Bug Me!"
By Terrence Daryl Shulman

                                 HAPPY FATHERS DAY!

                         Upcoming and Recent Events!!!

May 4--Mr. Shulman will be a guest expert on Canada's Vision TV on "The Science of Sin" on greed/envy and shopping addiction. See

May 11--
Lindsay Lohan pleads "no contest" in California to misdemeanor larceny charge.

May 15--
Mr. Shulman featured in article on hoarding and families In May/June issue of Social Worker Today Magazine. See

June 2-5--
Mr. Shulman will be presenting on compulsive theft and spending at the 2nd Annual West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders in Palm Springs, California. See

Mr. Shulman's 4th book "Cluttered Lives, Emply Souls: Compulsive Stealing, Spending and Hoarding will be published by Infinity Publishing.  

The Shulman Center will conduct an all-day conference in Detroit Saturday October 1, 2011. The Third International Conference on Compulsive Theft, Spending and Hoarding will cover shoplifting addiction, kleptomania, employee theft, compulsive shopping/overspending, and hoarding/cluttering disorders. Please see info/registration/discounts  at 

Check out our new online support group for compulsive shoppers/spenders and hoarders. Register by going to the link:

Check out our 1-hour employee theft online course. Learn why people commit employee theft, how to deter it, and what to do when confronted with it. See

New sites in progress! and www.celebrityshopaholics

By STEVEN KURUTZ (New York Times) 5/12/11

JESSIE SHOLL'S West Village apartment is a rent-stabilized fifth-floor walk-up, three small rooms and a sleeping loft where she and her husband, both writers, have lived for seven years. Perfect-storm conditions for clutter. But Ms. Sholl, a petite, pale-skinned woman of 42, keeps things tidy with routine "purges." Even of objects she likes.

"I should get rid of this," she said on a recent afternoon, pointing to a chicken sitting on top of a bookshelf, handmade by an artist out of recycled shower curtains. "It serves no purpose."

Two minutes earlier she had been admiring its colorful plumes.

She laughed. "It's a little pathological, I admit."

If Ms. Sholl is overly zealous in her approach to housekeeping, one can understand why after reading her recently published memoir "Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean About Her Mother's Compulsive Hoarding." The parent Ms. Sholl describes is a woman whose cluttered living room inexplicably contains five sewing machines and at least eight pairs of moldy cowboy boots. She is someone who buys too much and doesn't throw anything away, even as the stuff piles up and impedes normal life — the textbook definition of a hoarder.

In dealing with her mother's home in Minneapolis, Ms. Sholl has spent much of her life alternating between feeling shame about its squalid condition and attempting to rid it of the books, scraps of paper, empty food cartons and thrift-store tchotchkes littering every available surface.

When she learned that her mother had cancer, in 2006, Ms. Sholl flew out for one last-ditch cleanup attempt, an effort that inspired "Dirty Secret." "The stove was piled feet-high with dirty pans," Ms. Sholl said. "It gnawed at me that she was living that way."

Many children of hoarders know the feeling. Even as scientists study the cognitive activity that accompanies the disorder and television shows like TLC's "Hoarding: Buried Alive" and A&E's "Hoarders" have made it a mainstream issue, scant attention has been paid to how hoarding affects families of the afflicted, especially their children. Most are left to their own devices to make sense of growing up in homes where friends and relatives are unable to visit, with parents who seem to value inanimate objects more than the animate ones navigating the goat paths through the clutter..

See rest of article at:

Hoarding Disorder Information Website:

25th Annual Debtors Anonymous Conference
In Detroit, Michigan August 2011. Stay tuned for more details! See website at:

Book of The Month:
Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean about Her Mother's Hoarding (2011) by Jessie Sholl. A riveting account of a child liviing with a hoarding parent and the shame and pain it caused into her adulthood.

The Shulman Center Comes to You!
A reminder: The Shulman Center offers counseling services in the metro-Detroit area, by telephone and/or SKYPE. In certain circumstances--we may be able to come to you. Please feel free to contact us to explore what option works best for you!

Sacred Odyssey/Intimacy with Money Life Coaching
It is with great excitement and confidence that I share about the "Intimacy with Money" program offered by my long-time friend Tom Lietaert, life coach and gestalt counselor, of Boulder, Colorado. Tom works with clients in person and by phone. To learn more or to register, please go to:


June 2011 and beyond...

June 2-5--Mr. Shulman will be presenting on compulsive theft and spending at the 2nd Annual West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders in Palm Springs, California. See www.wcsad.

July 29--Mr. Shulman will be conducting a full-day in-service on compulsive theft, spending and hoarding at The State Bar of Michigan in Lansing, Michigan.

September--Mr. Shulman will be featured in an article on shoplifting addiction in Reader's Digest magazine.

September 26-28--Mr. Shulman will be presenting on compulsive theft at the 24th Annual Foundations Recovery Network's "Power, Fame & Recovery" conference in Palm Beach, Florida.

October 1--Mr. Shulman will be presenting an all-day seminar on compulsive theft & spending & hoarding in the metro-Detroit area.

November 4--Mr. Shulman will present an all-day seminar on compulsive theft & spending & hoarding in the Chicago area through Proctor Hospital's/Illinois Institute for Addiction and Recovery's ongoing learning program.

November 4--Mr. Shulman will present an 2-hour seminar on compulsive spending and hoarding at The Birmingham Community House in Birmingham, Michigan.


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).

Mr. Shulman created a 1-hour employee theft online course with 360 Training. Learn why people steal from their jobs, how to deter it, prevent it, and what to do when confronted with it. See or enroll in course at:

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

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, offered through The American Psychotherapy Association, is available for purchase by APA members and non-members. CEUs are available. He's working on a therapist certification program in compulsive theft/spending for the APA. See:

Mr. Shulman collaborated with the Kingman, AZ courts with a court-ordered home-study program for retail fraud offenders. The program is based on material from his book
Something for Nothing: Shoplifting Addiction and Recovery.

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

Contact The Shulman Center

Terrence Daryl Shulman, JD, LMSW, ACSW, CAAC, CPC
Founder/Director, The Shulman Center
P.O. Box 250008
Franklin, Michigan 48025


Call (248) 358-8508 for free consultation!

Related sites by Terrence Shulman:

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

Products for Purchase--ON SALE through 2011!

Mr. Shulman's three books:
 "Something for Nothing: Shoplifting Addiction & Recovery"
"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 available for $25.00 each (includes shipping/handling).

Click here to purchase

E-mail Mr. Shulman:


Call  (248) 358-8508

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