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NAPO-Austin Chapter Meeting

  • September 17, 2018
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (CDT)
  • Mimi's Cafe, 10515 N. Mopac Expy. NB, #O, Austin, TX 78758

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Is Your Client a Compulsive Buyer?  Do You Intervene?  When and How?

Join us with April Lane Benson, Ph.D., a nationally known psychologist specializing in the study and treatment of compulsive buying disorder.  


Do you sometimes help a client to declutter, only to see in short order, the client's home or office is again filling up with stuff?

Do you think that some of your clients may be compulsive buyers?

Do you intervene and, if so, how and when?


Professional organizers regularly see clients who have significant problems with overshopping and overspending.  Some clients deny the problem, some acknowledge it, but aren't motivated to change this self-defeating behavior, and others will acknowledge it and welcome your help.

 After a short overview about compulsive buying disorder, this presentation will offer guidelines to help you determine if a client is a compulsive buyer and, if so, whether or not to intervene. We'll also discuss specific strategies for how and when to intervene, as well as general principles regarding intervention, focusing on techniques that are likely to help a client stop overshopping. 

Participants will learn:

  • How to assess if a client is a compulsive buyer or not
  • The best ways to approach an overshopping client
  • The common reactions that compulsive buyers evoke in the organizer
  • Specific tools, techniques, and strategies to use with overshoppers 
  • What self-help and professional resources are available 

Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.
Come at 6:15 p.m. for pre-meeting networking

As a courtesy to our hosting establishment, we suggest that all attendees purchase a beverage or food. Guests are welcome to attend at a cost of $25.00 per meeting (optional meal at guest expense).

Please register if you plan on attending.  We look forward to seeing you!

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