Education Programs for Adults
The National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP), a non-profit organization, has developed a unique program for people in your position called the Shoplifters Alternative Course (SA Course).
You might ask: “Why would I take a program?” or “How could any kind of program help me to stop shoplifting in the future?”
To answer these questions, let us ask you a question:
Why Did You Steal?
For the vast majority of people, their answer is, “I don’t really know”. Maybe it was because you want nice things, didn’t want to spend the money, felt depressed, frustrated, confused, angry or bored. Maybe you just wanted to see if you could get away with it, or you were mad at the world and wanted to strike back.
Whatever the reason for you, over our long history, we have come to understand that your act of shoplifting is largely a symptom and a signal to you that there are underlying issues in your life which are causing you to feel excessive stress, fear or emotional pain. The need to relieve your discomfort creates an impulse to act in this way.
After impulsively taking your first item and “getting away with it”, you found some temporary satisfaction or relief from your internal personal stress, even though you may also have felt ashamed and afraid.
The SA Course will help bring you a new understanding about shoplifting; explain how you impulsively make these kind of decisions; highlight the true impact they have on your daily life, so you can immediately learn how to make better decisions for yourself. It will help to change the thinking, feelings and attitudes you now hold which have allowed you to shoplift in the past. It will reduce your risk of shoplifting and getting arrested in the future.
Enrolling in the SA Course
Your enrollment in the SA Course is strictly confidential and the program is easy to complete in the privacy of your own home.
The SA Course is available in 2 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and increase retention levels by offering you an easy to use, interactive, media-rich presentation that surpasses outdated “read and click” material.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. You will answer questions and, after understanding your behavior, you will work to create a personal plan to stop shoplifting.
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, you will be 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 you to take breaks as often as needed.
Upon your successful completion of the program, NASP will send you a Completion Letter with recommendations and an offer of added support for anytime you may feel you need it.
Because we receive no government funding, there is a cost of $75 for the SA Course. However, if money is an issue for you right now, don’t simply give up … because the program is important for you. Instead, call us (toll-free) at 1-800-848-9595 (between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Eastern Time) and we will try to help you.
While you may understandably be reluctant to spend the money on yourself, remember that you are worth it and that the cost of a program for you is going to be less expensive than doing nothing … or trying to do it totally on your own.
If you have a charge pending with the court, your completion of the SA Course will demonstrate to the judge that you have taken responsibility for your actions by taking an education program, to help ensure that you never have another incident in the future. This can only help your case.
All program material sent to you will not be identified as coming from the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention, but rather from NASP. All credit/debit card payments will appear on your statement as NASP.