Shoplifting and Theft Awareness Class

A Two Hour Court-Approved Class

If you have been caught shoplifting or otherwise stealing, you may be required to complete a two-hour theft and shoplifting class. Many Minnesota Courts require shoplifting offenders complete this one-time program as one of their plea or probation requirements.

At Shoplifting and Theft Awareness Class (SATA) we provide engaging, interactive, and effective court-approved shoplifting/theft prevention classes to clients that have been accused of theft or shoplifting. This is a live, instructor-led course and we deep-dive into why people shoplift and steal. We look at the underlying issues that may cause kleptomania or compulsive stealing. We also offer time-tested strategies that our clients can use immediately after leaving class.

The curriculum for this class was built by licensed sociologists and is presented as purely educational material.  It presents educational tools that people can then apply to themselves. It is not meant to deal with individual personal mental health needs.

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Topics

  • Identify underlying issues that trigger the impulse to steal
  • Understand strategies and tools that shoplifters and thieves use
  • Learn how to use emotional intelligence to promote recovery
  • Gain relapse prevention strategies to assist you from re-offending
  • Understand how anger and depression influences behavior
  • Learn how to be “smart and not strong”
  • Learn how to develop self-awareness, know triggers, and avoid criminal behavior
  • Gain deeper insight into the addiction by evaluating assessments and learning about the different types of shoplifters
  • Potential employment opportunities for offenders that have multiple theft or shoplifting charges on their record

Shoplifting or theft can become an addiction if it goes unchecked. In many cases, shoplifters and thieves get away with stealing many times before they are eventually caught. If they keep stealing without negative consequences, it can easily become an addiction. This is why it is necessary to intervene before it becomes a bigger issue. Many courts around the U.S. are beginning to recognize this issue and are mandating clients to attend shoplifting and theft prevention classes. Unfortunately, due to the shame associated with compulsive shoplifting and theft, many do not seek treatment to reduce the urge to steal. Due to this, we offer a safe non-judgmental environment for our clients to discuss their shoplifting and theft history and learn about tools that can help avoid poor choices.

Clients who usually take this class have been caught shoplifting at Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Kohl’s, Target Macy’s and other retail stores.  You may also be required to take this class if you have been charged with Theft by Receiving, Theft by Deception, Auto Theft, Identity Fraud, Theft by Taking, etc.

Instructive objectives:

  • Understand why you shoplift and/or steal
  • Prevent, reduce, and eliminate shoplifting and theft behavior
  • Help you manage and control your responses to anger and depression
  • Assist in changing your perceptions, values, thought management, and conditioning
  • Help improve your self-esteem and personal/professional development
  • Promote self-awareness, preventative strategies, and social skills
  • Provide a non-judgmental environment