Upcoming and Recent Events!!!
Shulman will be a guest expert on Canada's Vision TV on "The Science
of Sin" on greed/envy and shopping addiction. See http://www.theshulmancenter.com/TS_The_Science_of_Sin_5-3-2011-yt.html
May 11--Lindsay Lohan pleads "no contest"
in California to misdemeanor larceny charge.
Shulman featured in article on hoarding and families In
May/June issue of Social Worker Today Magazine. See http://www.socialworktoday.com/archive/051711p14.shtml
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.com
NEW BOOK RELEASE AUGUST 1, 2011!
Mr. Shulman's 4th book
"Cluttered Lives, Emply Souls: Compulsive Stealing, Spending and
Hoarding will be published by Infinity Publishing.
CONFERENCE OCTOBER 1st--EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT DEADLNE JUNE 1st: $100!
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 http://www.theshulmancenter.com/conference11.htm
Check out our new online
support group for compulsive shoppers/spenders and hoarders. Register by
going to the link: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/shoppersandspenders/
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 http://theshulmancenter.c360training.com
New sites in progress! www.celebrityshoplifters.com and www.celebrityshopaholics
CHILDREN OF HOARDERS ON
LEAVING THE CLUTTERED NEST
By STEVEN KURUTZ (New York Times)
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.
"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..
rest of article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/12/garden/children-of-hoarders-on-leaving-the-cluttered-nest.html?pagewanted=print
Disorder Information Website: www.ocfoundation.org
Annual Debtors Anonymous Conference
Detroit, Michigan August 2011. Stay tuned for more details! See website
Book of The Month:
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.
Shulman Center Comes to You!
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!
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
COMPULSIVE THEFT, SPENDING
and HOARDING on the MOVE!
June 2011 and beyond...
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.
Shulman will be featured in an article on shoplifting addiction in
Reader's Digest magazine.
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.
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"
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: http://theshulmancenter.360training.com
Mr. Shulman is
consulting on a major motion picture tentatively called "The
Rush" in which the lead character is addicted to shoplifting and
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: http://www.americanpsychotherapy.com/
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.
Shulman is consulting with an author who's writing a novel about two
kleptomaniacs who fall in love.