Shoplifters Alternative Course – for Adults
The SA Course is Available in 3 Formats:
Interactive Online Program – An online program which delivers proven-effective education in a specifically structured environment which is designed to pique participant interest and increase retention levels by offering them an easy to use, interactive, media-rich presentation that surpasses outdated “read and click” material. The program utilizes video scenarios which are guided by a facilitator along with others who have also been caught shoplifting. Participants complete a comprehensive exam as they work to identify and understand their behavior and underlying issues that caused them to shoplift. They then work to create a personal plan to stop shoplifting and are assessed regarding their propensity to repeat the shoplifting offense.
Home-Study Program – A comprehensive correspondence course (mailed to the home) presented on audio CD’s with a workbook. Listening to a facilitator and other people caught shoplifting, participants are guided through the program while answering questions from the workbook. (Available in English and Spanish)
The SA Course will take 3-4 hours to complete. It is not necessary that the program is completed in one sitting. We encourage participants to take breaks as often as needed . . . as long as they complete the program by the deadline date, if appropriate.
Class/Workshop Segment – A full-day workshop which focuses on program reinforcement through group interaction. Particularly helpful for those people assessed to be “at-risk” of repeating the offense. The workshops are kept small with only 10-12 participants to guarantee individual attention for each participant. The SA Course Online and/or the Home study Program is a prerequisite for participation in the class/workshop.
The SA Course helps people:
- Identify the thoughts, beliefs and attitudes which led them to shoplift.
- Understand the truth about the law and its consequences.
- Examine their behavior and understand how much they risked for a small reward.
- Understand the social and financial impact of their behavior.
- Understand how their actions hurt many people – their families, themselves, the employees at the store and the community at large.
- Understand and acknowledge that their behavior resulted from a choice that was theirs alone and could have been made differently.
- Develop a personalized plan to stop shoplifting now and in the future.
Psychological Profile Analysis and Risk Assessment
Included in the SA Course is a Psychological Profile Analysis and Risk Assessment which identifies the personal profile, activity profile, perceptions and feelings of offenders caught shoplifting. The assessment measures an offender’s propensity to repeat the offense and is used to determine which participants may need added support services to help prevent recidivism.