THE  20-SESSION, INTERNET-BASED INTERVENTION PROGRAM

                       HOW TO PERSONALLY work with DR WILL CUPCHIK


Q1: What does the Program consist of, exactly?

 

A1: The Program involves 20 50-minute long sessions with the client (and possibly, at times, one or more so-called Significant Others) personally conducted by Dr Cupchik, via Skype or another acceptable means of live audio-visual communication.. These sessions may be held at the rate of one or even several sessions per week, depending upon the particular case and the client's and Dr Cupchik's other commitments.  


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Q2: How do we start the process of determining whether the Program is appropriate for me?


A2. First, contact Dr Will by email at wcupchik@aol.com. He is the only person authorized to read and respond to these emails. In your email, provide him some basic information, including your first name, your age, marital status, financial issues, the state or province in which you live, your educational background, the sort of work you do,  who knows about your stealing (and especially, who in your family knows), what you have stolen (when, how many times, over what period of time, etc...), and whether you are currently charged with stealing and have a lawyer dealing with your case.


     As well, send along your filled out CUPCHIK THEFT OFFENDER  SPECTRUM  & THEFT OFFENDER QUESTIONNAIRE. BOTH THESE TOOLS ARE PROVIDED, IN FULL, IN DR. CUPCHIK'S 2013 BOOK, WHY USUALLY HONEST PEOLE STEAL

     

     After reading your responses Dr Will will respond to your email and if it seems that you may well be an appropriate candidate for the Intervention Program he may request some additional information from you so as to better determine whether taking the Program might be helpful to you. You should know that Dr Will works hard to avoid having you waste your money or your (and his) time, so if the Program seems to not be a good fit for your needs,  he will indicate so (gently) by email.


     After reviewing your additional information, and if you appear to  possibly be a suitable candidate for the 20-session Intervention Program, Dr Will will suggest that you and he take  part in a BRIEF SCREENING INTERVIEW [BSI] via Skype, so that the two of you can 'meet', review some of the information you have provided, better determine whether you may be a suitable candidate for the full Intervention Program and get some sense of whether you are comfortable with him - and vice versa.


[Please note that the time and effort that Dr Will puts into reading your materials and in responding to you he does so gratis; that is, there is no charge for his time and efforts to this point. HOWEVER, IF YOU AND DR. WILL JOINTLY DECIDE TO HAVE A 50-MINUTE BRIEF SCREENING INTERVIEW, THEN A CHARGE OF $250.-- , PAID IN ADVANCE AS A NON-REFUNDABLE RETAINER, IS REQUIRED. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS INTERVIEW CONSTITUTES NEITHER ASSESSMENT OR THERAPY BUT RATHER IS INTENDED TO SIMPLY BE A CONVERSATION AIMED AT ACQUIRING GREATER CLARITY AS TO WHETHER YOU MIGHT BE A SUITABLE CANDIDATE FOR THE FULL 20-SESSION INTERVENTION PROGRAM. Unless you and he decide that proceeding to do the 20-session Program is something that you both wish to pursue, then the Brief Screening Interview is the end of the matter.]


     If you both decide that your taking the 20-session Internet-based Intensive Intervention Program is likely to be worthwhile and is what you wish to pursue, then because telepsychology has become  a vitally important and promising way and means of delivering psychological services with current legislative and professional bodies developing and changing their rules and regulations, Dr Will will need to contact the various professional, state or provincial organizations and review their then-current rules and regulations in order to establish whether he would be in a position to offer such services to you. The Exploratory Fee for carrying out such an investigation, which typically takes between 3-6 hours to conduct, will be is $499.-- paid in advance as w no-refundable retainer.

 

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     IT IS MOST IMPORTANT THAT PROSPECTIVE PARTICIPANTS REALIZE THAT THE CONTACTS AND EFFORTS INDICATED ABOVE ARE ONLY OFFERED TO INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE FINANCIALLY AND OTHERWISE ABLE TO TAKE THE PROGRAM. AS WELL,  ONLY PERSONS WHO GENUINELY WISH TO UNCOVER WHY THEY HAVE BEEN STEALING AND DEFINITELY WANT TO STOP THEIR STEALING SHOULD CONSIDER TAKING THIS PROGRAM!]



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Q-3: WHAT IS THE TIMING OF THE SESSIONS?


A-3: Internet sessions are usually carried out with two 50-minute sessions done, one right after the other, on a once a week (or more frequent) basis. This way the Program will take place, on average, over a period of about 4 to 8 weeks, allowing ample time for the client to carry out between-sessions, real world, 'homework' assignments  to make meaningful changes in his or her life. On occasion the sessions may take place more or less frequently, depending upon your respective timetables. Homework may include reading assignments and/or making changes in how you deal with the relevant issues in your personal, interpersonal and/or working lives.


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Q-4: WHO MIGHT  PARTICIPATE IN THE SESSIONS, IN ADDITION TO THE CLIENT?


A-4: Dr Will may, with your permission, of course, ask to interview one or more significant others in your life - your life partner, an adult child of yours, and/or a knowledgeable friend. All these individuals can have important contributions to make in your progress through the  course of the Program. It has never yet failed, in all the years that Dr Will has been offering the various iterations of the Program, but that a so-called significant other has not provided very valuable information and/or feedback about the client. And to put the matter even more directly, the active  and willing participation of the life partner virtually always augers well for the client's progress. While it is not always necessary, suffice to say that such involvement can be very helpful.  If there is any reason that the client is reluctant to involve the partner, this is a matter to be discussed during the Program. Dr Cupchik does not divulge any information to the significant other that the client does not wish to be divulged. likewise, if the significant other has any information that he or she does not want divulged to the client, then it is not!  [Please read the 'Letter to a Significan Other' provided as a chapter in Dr Will's first book.


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Q-5: WHAT ARE THE COSTS OF THE INTERNET-BASED 20-SESSION LONG INTENSIVE INTERVENTION PROGRAM?


A-5: COSTS OF THE PROGRAM (Subject to change at any time; always ask for the current fee structure:

  -- The entire cost of the 20-session Intensive Intervention Program personally conducted by Dr Cupchik, is currently $4895.-- U.S. .[Canadians living in Canada pay $4895.-- in Canadian funds.] 


Dr Cupchik does not charge additionally for reading and responding to reasonably lengthy emails; they are considered integral elements of taking the Program.


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Q-6: WHAT IS THE COST OF THE IN-OFFICE 20-SESSION, FIVE DAY LONG PROGRAM HELD IN TORONTO?


A-6: The professional fee for the 5-DAY, 20 SESSIONin-office version of the Program is currently $8500.-- U.S. ~~.[Canadians living in Canada pay $8500.-- in Canadian funds.]  


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Q-7: WHAT IS THE COST OF A FORMAL PSYCHOLOGICAL REPORT (IF REQUIRED)? 

A-7:  The cost of a formal Psychological Report (only if requested and only issued after the Program has been successfully completed) is currently $2500.-- U.S. Please note that such reports are usually quite lengthy (10-14 pages) and only provided if it is likely to be of benefit to the client.


All fees are payable, as retainers, in full and in advance of the Program (or Psychological Report) being begun.


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BELOW ARE COME COMMENTS FROM SOME PREVIOUS PARTCIPANTS OF THE INTENSIVE INTERVENTION PROGRAM


~~ "It has been several years since I took the Intensive Intervention Program. I would like you to know that I have not shoplifted since, and I am feeling better about myself than I ever have before. I am doing really well in my working and personal aspects of my life, and have already achieved most all of the positive goals I had set for myself during this period. Dr. Cupchik helped me to realize why I might have been shoplifting, and helped point out stressful situations might tempt me to engage in the behavior again. This watchfulness has helped me avoid such situations, or when they were unavoidable, to handle them differently . I also realize that in order to continue to not steal I need to deal with the issues that will emerge in my life by facing them directly, and using the tools I gained during our work together. As a result, while there have been stressful situations that I have had to deal with since our working together, I have not even been tempted to steal."


    " The Intensive, which I did with two other members of my family present, has enabled us all to reveal the truths that we had not talked about in decades. The experience led me/allowed me/ made me, examine those dark moments in my life in a more fully connected way ... and to appreciate the roles of the major losses that I had experienced in childhood in my theft behavior... and to more openly share ...my reality with my mother and sister who had accompanied me and also took part in the Intensive.. Naming it an "Intensive" is very apt. The experience has already led to an incredible improvement in our family dynamics."


    "Dr. Will, having attended your Intensive program last year to deal with my compulsive spending, accompanied by my wife and 2 two year old daughter, I wanted to give you an update on my progress. I have not been involved in any compulsive spending since the Intensive. I have found other, much more productive ways of dealing with my feelings about myself and the situations I have been facing. I have also been dealing with my problems with intimacy much better, and have increasingly made my family my priority. I have also defined and redirected my career in a much more focused way. The Intensive was very helpful in coming to terms with my compulsive shopping, and underlying issues, and the exercises you offered have really helped. My wife and and I both felt we gained a lot of insight in many ways from the time and effort. Thank you."


      "There is not one specific formula for what Dr. Cupchik does that fits all. It is a very intensive program. But I can not say he will do this and then this and then that. Many of his techniques are described in the book and on his website. Which ones he uses with individual patients I assume would vary. He works mostly with people who steal due to some sense of loss. If anger sets you into a stealing mode, he can probably help you. If you have recently or a long time ago experienced some great loss, he can probably help you. Most of all it is about digging deep within you to discover or better understand what the demon (my term) is that makes you react this way. I found him to be exceptional at his therapeutic approach, and the experience was very beneficial to me and my family. Perhaps the most life altering effect for me was validation and acceptance at a very fundamental level. Something that is difficult to find if it was not instilled in you early in life. For those who ...are quite comfortable with --and fully desire and intend to-- continue to steal, and if you have no sense of remorse or shame about your stealing, then you are probably primarily what he calls a Typical Theft Offender, and his program is definitely not be the one for you.


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