Below is the outline for our 8 hour class. Different classes may teach different things and go into more or less detail depending on how long the class is. For example, a class that is shorter may not have time to go into a lot of detail about each topic, while a longer class may be able to spend more time discussing each topic.

Chapter 1

  • Introduction
  • Testing and Grading
  • Other Course Information
  • Course Policies

Chapter 2

  • How this Course Works
  • What Are Your Expectations?
  • You Will Need to Do the Work
  • The Blue Mountain Approach
  • Automatic Thoughts and Habits

Chapter 3

  • The Mind of a Thief
  • What Was I Thinking? Oh, Right, I Wasn’t!
  • Definition of the Mind of a Thief
  • Mind of a Thief Thought Patterns
  • Casing the Joint
  • Hiding
  • Timing
  • Escape
  • Acting
  • Can you identify the Mind of a Thief?

Chapter 4

  • Your Theft or Shoplifting Behavior
  • Where Do You Fit In?
  • Roger’s Story
  • Why People Steal
  • Teen Shoplifting
  • Amateur and Professional Shoplifters
  • Shoplifters Are Rarely Caught
  • Why Did You Steal?
  • Why Did You Steal - The Answers

Chapter 5

  • Everyone Feels the Effects of Shoplifting
  • A True Story
  • How Theft Affects Others
  • Are You Affected by Shoplifting?
  • The Picture Is Clear About Who Gets Hurt by Shoplifting – All of Us
  • Shoplifting Statistics

Chapter 6

  • Mental Visualization
  • What is Mental Visualization?
  • Examples of Mental Visualization
  • Understanding Mental Visualization
  • Bertha’s Story
  • How Often Do You Think About Stealing?
  • Influential Thoughts – Vince’s Story
  • Michelle’s Story
  • Are Thieves Different?
  • Mental Visualization in Other Areas of Life
  • Cal’s Story
  • The More You Think About Stealing, The More Normal It Seems

Chapter 7

  • Controlling Mental Visualization
  • The First Step
  • How Do You Stop Mental Visualization?
  • Techniques to Stop Mental Visualization
  • Relating to Mental Visualization
  • Mental Visualization Summary

Chapter 8

  • Stages of Change
  • Making Changes and Avoiding Consequences
  • Making Changes in Our Pattern of Behavior
  • Rule One
  • Rule Two
  • Rule Three
  • Rule Four
  • Rule Five
  • Rule Six

Chapter 9

  • Understanding How You Can Change Your Behavior
  • How Attitude Affects Behavior
  • PAC – The Parent, Adult, and Child Attitude States
  • How Negative Behaviors Get Reinforced
  • Learning Rule 1
  • Learning Rule 2
  • Learning Rule 3
  • How Learning Rules Work Together
  • How Thinking and Behavior are Learned and Strengthened

Chapter 10

  • Skills in Managing Stress and Emotions
  • Stress: The Positive and Negative Impacts
  • The Stress Response and Your Risk of Relapse
  • What is your level of stress?
  • Emotional Stress Patterns
  • Relapse and Recidivism and the Three Emotional Stress Patterns
  • Recognizing the Thoughts After Feeling the Emotion
  • Stress Relief Through Relaxation and Stretching

Chapter 11

  • Final Exam