The National Center for the Study of Theft Behaviors™
The mission of The National Center for the Study of Theft Behaviors is to conduct meaningful theft related research, to accumulate and report on research findings relevant to theft behaviors and to advocate for outcome based interventions with theft offenders.
About the National Center for the Study of Theft Behaviors™
The National Center for the Study of Theft Behaviors began in 2003 and was started because, it has become clear that:
a) far too few professionals are trained or skilled at theft counseling,
b) professionals in the justice system tend to view theft behaviors as a nuisance crime not worthy of, or needing, specialized treatment,
c) the conventional approach of offering consequences for theft behaviors is ineffective and
d) theft, in its many forms (i.e., burglary, robbery, forgery, fraud, identity theft and shoplifting), is one of the most frequently occurring crimes.
The Center for the Study of Theft Behaviors™ is administered by "THEFT TALK"™ Counseling Service Inc., a not-for-profit organization located in Portland, Oregon. Our parent agency has specialized in theft counseling since 1983 and has maintained annual research data on each of client since 1983. The Center for the Study of Theft Behaviors™ vows to maintain objectivity in its pursuit of the most effective theft offender interventions.
In 2010 The National Center for the Study of Theft Behaviors™ is declaring that, to date, the most effective and evidence based intervention for theft offenders is to use a true cognitive restructuring orientation. Specifically, the use of interventions which address the offender's attitudes, values and beliefs, (with measureable outcomes.) Each program must specify a clearly defined goal which is related to theft behaviors and objectives (which focus on attitudes, values and beliefs) which outline a path toward achieving the specified outcomes of the goal.
Measure the Effectiveness of "a Counselor" (counseling) versus "a Facilitator" (education) program orientation.
Develop and research a theft offender risk assessment tool.
Conduct research on "Theft, as a gateway crime".
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