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 overshoppers 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 overshoppers 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 overshoppers;
4) Apply several highly effective techniques that can be used with overshoppers.
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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 in New York. She’s 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), Dr. Benson’s edited book, 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: www.shopaholicnomore.com
Dr. Benson has appeared widely in the media, most recently on the “PBS Nightly Business News”, “Good Morning America”, the “Today Show”, the CBS Evening News, “The Bank of Mom and Dad”, “The Secret Lives of Women”, and “My Strange Addiction.” 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.
1.5 CE credits will be provided for this Web Conference. GoodTherapy.org is approved as a continuing education provider by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS). GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
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.
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.