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January 11, 2013

The Stopping Overshopping Model: Therapy, Case Illustration, Preliminary Outcome Data

The Stopping Overshopping model is a comprehensive 12-week experience that draws from psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and acceptance and commitment therapy. The program teaches specific skills, tools, and strategies to help overshoppers break the cycle that leads to compulsive buying and develop the capacity to lead a richer life in the process.

Approaching the problem from affective, cognitive, and behavioral standpoints, a wide range of techniques are employed to help each client eliminate self-defeating overshopping behavior and replace it with constructive interests, relationships, and competencies. Underpinning the entire program is the non-judgmental stance of radical acceptance, which involves seeing clearly and then holding that with compassion.  From the first meeting, clients are encouraged to adopt this centuries old method for eliminating suffering.

During the webinar, I’ll present a detailed description of the model, both structure and content, illustrate the model with a vignette of my work with a particular overshopper and present the results of a pilot randomized controlled study of the efficacy of this model. Results showed significant improvement on (a) all compulsive buying measures, (b) amount of money and time spent, and (c) number of compulsive shopping episodes, all of which were well-maintained at six-month follow-up.

To access the webconference, click here, and click on Join Us (top right), and enter the promotion code TRIAL602012SNM  on the first page of registration in the promotional code field. This gives you a free 60-day trial membership, which includes receiving referrals, access to their continuing education Web Conferences and access to any of of‘s other membership benefits. You can cancel your trial membership at any time. Please note, only licensed mental health professionals can sign up for membership.

You Can Never Get Enough of What You Don’t Really Need:
Theory and Treatment of Compulsive Buying
GoodTherapy.orgThis 90-minute class provides attendees with an introduction to “affluenza” or compulsive buying; we explore the culture of consumption that gives rise to it and the high price of materialism. Next we look at the professional unease that’s not uncommon in working with overshoppers and then focus on etiology, assessment, diagnosis, comorbidity, and the functions of the disorder.  We survey the forms of treatment and treatment adjuncts currently in use. Finally, I introduce a few easily learned techniques that are extremely effective with overshoppers and describe how they fit into a comprehensive treatment program that combines psychodynamic principles, cognitive behavior therapy, and motivational interviewing techniques. To access the webconference, click here, and enter the promotion code, TRIAL602011BENSON on the first step of registration. You will receive sixty free days of membership, allowing you to attend any/all of their Continuing Education events, as well as take advantage of all of‘s other membership benefits. You can cancel your trial membership at any time. Please note, only licensed mental health professionals can sign up for membership.

Online Course for Therapists through

Dr. Benson teaches an on-line course for mental health professionals, I Shop, Therefore I Am: Understanding and Treating Compulsive Buying, through Continuing education credits are available. The course begins with an exploration of the sociocultural context of “affluenza” or “luxury fever” or “aspendicitis,” a few of the tongue-in-cheek coinages for our modern-day plagues of materialism and consumption in the global buyosphere. We look at the poverty of affluence, the paradox of progress, the paradox of choice, and the predominantly inverse relationship between a materialistic value orientation and subjective well being. Next, we look at how compulsive buying is an attempt to solve intrapsychic, interpersopnal and existential dilemmas.Then we turn our attention to the etiology, assessment, diagnosis, comorbidity, forms, function, and psychodynamics of compulsive buying. Finally, we look in depth at the important clinical issues raised by this population, at the various forms of effective treatment, and at important treatment adjuncts that can magnify the gains of counseling or therapy. Clinical examples and specific tools and strategies for helping to eliminate problem buying behavior will be provided throughout. There will be an opportunity to engage in a dialogue with Dr. Benson at any time during the course. For registration information, click here.