• CLINICIANS (psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers),
  • LEGAL PROFESSIONALS (judges, criminal lawyers, probation and parole officers) 
  • others..

Have the top expert in why usually honest persons steal, speak to your professional group or organization. Psychologist Dr Will Cupchik, formerly the Psychologist-in-Charge, Forensic Outpatient Psychological Services at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, has been assessing and treating usually honest adults (including doctors, nurses, lawyers, other professionals and laypersons) for over four decades. Some of these individuals may be amongst your closest friends, and best colleagues or customers. Nevertheless they have -sometimes repeatedly- offended against their own moral and ethical codes by shoplifting or committing other atypical [for them] acts of theft. Dr Cupchik's clinical investigations have uncovered why they have likely done so and how to help them stop their ultimately self-destructive behavior. In his engaging and enthusiastic talks he lays out the major findings of his over forty years of clinical work in ways that can assist members of his audiences in employing more efficient, effective and economically advantageous ways of dealing with such cases.     

As noted elsewhere on this website, some usually honest persons (often with so much to lose in terms of personal reputation, professional standing, etc...) sometimes risk so very much for what is often so very little in terms of monetary or material gain, by  seemingly bizarre theft behavior. He has summarized many of his findings in his two books, WHY HONEST  PEOPLE SHOPLIFT OR COMMIT OTHER ACTS OF THEFT, (Rev. 2002) and his latest, WHY USUALLY  HONEST PEOPLE STEAL, (2013). Dr Will shares his major findings with suitable professional audiences, providing numerous vivid composite examples that help bring home his important points.

       Incidentally it is almost invariably true that these usually highly intelligent individuals are at a complete loss to understand why they would have committed such acts of stealing, but by working with Dr Cupchik  they have usually uncovered and dealt with the underlying issues that have prompted them to act in such inappropriate and potentially devastating ways. , and thereby markedly reduced the likelihood of recidivism.

     Dr Cupchik strongly believes that it can serve individuals, as well as professional groups  and their governing bodies to learn why they have been inclined to act so inappropriately, before they act out. His enthusiastic and entertaining talks are replete with remarkable and actual (but disguised, of course) examples of atypical theft behavior that educate, inform and assist members of his audiences to become better prepared to deal with such cases as they arise.

     To inquire further, please fill out the "Contact Us" webpage. Only Dr Cupchik is authorized to read emails sent via this means. Alternately, phone Dr Cupchik directly at 416-485-8064.

    ~~Dr Cupchik is the former Psychologist-in-Charge, Forensic Outpatient Psychological Services, at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, in Toronto. He has been a member of the American Psychological Association, Canadian Psychological Association and Ontario Psychological Association for more than three decades and is an honorary life member of all three organizations. As well, Dr Cupchik holds a Certificate of Professional Qualification [CPQ] and an Interjurisdictional Practice Certificate [IPC] from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. In June of 2014 Dr Cupchik presented a workshop to colleagues on this subject at the Canadian Psychological Association convention that was held in Vancouver. He is the author of two books on this subject Why Usually Honest People Steal published in 2013 and Why Honest People Shoplift Or Commit Other Acts Of Theft [Rev. 2002]. His original article, titled Shoplifting: An Occasional Crime OF The Moral Majority, was published in the major peer-reviewed professional journal, the Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, more than three decades ago, in 1983. This article is available for reading in its entirety on the AAPL website.

~~To inquire further, please fill out the "Contact Us" webpage. Only Dr Cupchik is authorized to read emails sent via this means. Alternately, phone Dr Cupchik directly at 416-485-8064.