Certified Shoplifting and Theft Addiction Specialist Training 

6 CEs approved by NAADAC and TAAP

Shoplifting Addictions Counselor Certification

This training delivers deeper insight into why people shoplift and commit acts of theft. By completing this training, treatment providers will be able to effectively work with offenders who have committed crimes of theft. Trainees will receive 6 CEs approved by NAADAC and TAAP for completion of this training. Trainees have 14 days from the date of enrolling to complete the training, although the training itself will take only 6 hours to complete.

According to the National Association of Shoplifting Prevention:

shoplifting has become one of the most prevalent crimes in the U.S., averaging about 550,000 incidents per day resulting in more than $13 billion worth of goods being stolen from retailers each year. That is more than $35 million in losses per day. Current estimates are as high as 1 in 11 Americans who shoplift in our nation today.

For this reason, it is important to educate counselors, youth, educators, retailers, and law enforcement about the prevalence of shoplifters, types of shoplifters, ways to prevent shoplifting, and the fact that it can be and is an addiction in the same way that cocaine and methamphetamine is. Shoplifting has become an epidemic, and the best defense against it is knowledge. Arm yourself with the knowledge you need to spot, stop, and help shoplifting addicts. By the end of this 6-hour training, you will:


  1. Understand the underlining issues that trigger the impulse to steal.
  2. Evaluate the strategies and tools that shoplifters and thieves use.
  3. Learn how to use emotional intelligence and neuroplasticity to promote recovery.
  4. Gain relapse prevention strategies to assist clients from re-offending.
  5. Understand the terminology and methods used loss prevention professionals and thieves.
  6. Learn how to provide dynamic treatment groups that increase your client’s engagement and motivation to change.
  7. Gain deeper insight into the addiction by evaluating assessments and learning about the different types of shoplifters.
  8. Learn how to facilitate court mandated shoplifting and theft prevention classes.