You Can Never Get Enough of What You Don't Really Need: Theory and Treatment of Compulsive Buying

Presented by April Lane Benson, PhD on 06-24-2011 at 9 a.m. Pacific

This ninety-minute web conference provides attendees with an introduction to “affluenza,” or compulsive buying. Dr. Benson will explore the culture of consumption that gives rise to compulsive buying and the high price of materialism. Next we look at the professional unease that’s not uncommon in working with those who buy compulsively and then focus on etiology, assessment, diagnosis, comorbidity, and the functions of compulsive buying. We survey the forms of treatment and treatment adjuncts currently in use. Finally, Dr. Benson will introduce a few easily learned techniques that are extremely effective with those who overshop and describe how they fit into a comprehensive treatment program that combines psychodynamic principles, cognitive behavior therapy, and motivational interviewing techniques.

This web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Recognize the signs, common presentations, and comorbidities of compulsive buying;
  2. Discuss prevalence, etiology, diagnostic issues, sociocultural context, and functions of compulsive buying;
  3. Learn about the various forms of self-help, treatment, and treatment adjuncts to help those who overshop;
  4. Apply several highly effective techniques that can be used with those who overshop.

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How the Web Conference Works

In short, participants will be able to listen to this live event by calling in to our teleconference center. Prior to the event, all participants will be sent an email with instructions on how to log in to the teleconference center. This event will include lecture, interaction, and question and answer periods.

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

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Registration Information

This Web Conference is available for free to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Meet the Presenter

April Lane Benson, PhD

April Lane Benson, PhD

April Lane Benson, PhD, is a nationally known psychologist who specializes in the treatment of compulsive buying. She is the co-founder of the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia and a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, both of which are located in New York. She has been in private practice in New York City for over 30 years.

I Shop, Therefore I Am: Compulsive Buying and the Search for Self (Aronson, 2000), which Dr. Benson edited, is a multidisciplinary approach to the problem of compulsive buying. It includes contributions from the fields of sociology, consumer behavior, marketing, community education, psychology, and psychiatry. Her recent book, To Buy or Not to Buy: Why We Overshop and How to Stop (Trumpeter, 2008), offers a comprehensive program for stopping overshopping. Dr. Benson has also written articles and chapters for professional books and magazines.

Dr. Benson and her associates offer individual treatment and group coaching, both in person and on the telephone, and train therapists who want to learn to work with overshoppers. Stopping Overshopping, LLC maintains an active and informative website. Each month, people from almost 70 different countries visit the site.

Dr. Benson has appeared widely in the media and has been quoted in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Toronto Star. She has also been referenced in Time, Money, Kiplinger Personal Finance, Ladies’ Home Journal, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, Redbook, Marie Claire, and a variety of internet publications. She speaks to both professional and non-professional audiences.

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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.