Compulsive buying: What every Organizer Needs to Know by April Benson Ph.D.


March 11, 2019 | 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
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Presentation Description:

More than almost any professional group I know, organizers are faced with the challenge of helping compulsive buying clients. A number of organizers have told me how frustrating it can be to help a client pare down and let go of possessions, only to learn that, in short order, the client has acquired more. Others have told me that they feel at a loss about how to help and don’t feel very effective. This workshop will offer participants specific tools, skills, strategies, and resources so that they can help compulsive buying clients more confidently and competently.

Presentation Goals:

At the conclusion of this session, attendees will be able to: 1. Define compulsive buying, and be able to identify and assess it. 2. Determine when, whether, and how to intervene with a compulsive buying client. 3.Use several highly effective techniques with compulsive buying clients. 4.Determine if a client who buys compulsively needs additional professional help. 5.Provide information to clients on a variety of relevant resources.

Speaker Bio:

April Lane Benson, Ph.D., is an internationally known psychologist who specializes in the study and treatment of compulsive buying disorder. In practice in New York City for 40 years, she co-founded the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia and serves on the Board of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, both in NewYork. Dr. Benson edited the first multidisciplinary examination of her subject, I Shop, Therefore I Am: Compulsive Buying and the Search for Self (Aronson, 2000). Her second book, To Buy or Not to Buy: Why We Overshop and How to Stop (Trumpeter, 2008), offers a highly effective program for stopping overshopping. Research into the efficacy of this model was published in June, 2014 in the Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery. Offering individual treatment and group coaching, both in person, on the telephone, and via Skype and Zoom, Dr. Benson also trains therapists who want to work with overshoppers and has developed a text messaging program for compulsive buyers as well as a self-monitoring tool installed on the Mentegram app, which is available to subscribers 24/7. Helping to raise public awareness about the dangers of overconsumption, she is a frequent news source for online and print publications including The New York Times and The Wall St. Journal. Dr. Benson has been interviewed on radio, including The Diane Rehm Show and the Brian Lehrer Show, television, including appearances on The Today Show and Good Morning America. Maintaining an active and informative website that includes a comprehensive resource center, a blog, and a press kit; her site, is visited by people from more than 125 countries each year.

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