Our Theft and Anger Classes
Temper Talk™ - Online anger management classes.Temper Talk™ is an online anger management class offered as an 8, 10 or 12 hour anger education class. And, we have a Court Acceptance Guarantee!
"THEFT TALK"™ - Online theft / shoplifting classes.
Theft Talk™ is an online theft / shoplifting classes and is offered for juveniles as a 4 or 8 hour class and four adults as an 8 hour class. And, we have a Court Acceptance Guarantee!
The Alcohol Class - Online MIP Alcohol Class
The Alcohol Class is an online class for youths who were cited for being a minor in possession of alcohl (MIP). This is not an alcohol treatment program, it is an alcohol education and awareness program. This is a four hour online class.
Your class is completely self-paced, sign out and come back later, the computer will take you back to where you ended. That's right, work on it a half hour at a time, more sometimes, less others - you choose.
At TT Online Services ™ (TTOS) we are quite proud of what we have accomplished. TT Online Services™ is a service offered by Outcome Alternatives®. We started in 1983 as "THEFT TALK"™ Counseling Service Inc. We developed our online presence circa 2005 and named that version of ourselves TT Online Services™. This name recognized Theft Talk™ and Temper Talk™ (The source of the TT in our name). Since the 2019 pandemic we lost our in person class and, as such, decided to rename all of our online works to "Outcome Alternatives®". In any case all of our products were developed through the combined 44 years of experience of a parole officer, a juvenile probation officer, two college instructors and a justice system policy analyst. Each of these roles contributed greatly to the style, delivery and content of our anger management class.
As you surely know, getting results with offenders is no easy task. We don't make ridiculous claims like a 95% success rate but we do know that we use the best practices. We address the criminogenic risk factor - attitudes, values and beliefs. Outcome Alternatives™ programs addresses victim issues, accountability and personal responsibility. Our approach is the most effective intervention - cognitive restructuring - and based on the ground breaking work outlined in "The Psychology of Anger" and "The Psychology of Stealing" by Steven M. Houseworth, MA
We know that of the thousands of clients who have gone through - and successfully completed - our anger management program, 89% do not re-offend with a new anger related offense within one year. We are proud of our work and expect you will be pleased with our offender solution.
Temper Talk Online Anger Management Class
8 hour class
10 hour class
12 hour class
Workbook (via mail) class available too
Theft Talk Online Theft/Shoplifting Class
4 hour class (Juveniles Only)
8 hour class (Adults and Juveniles)
Workbook (via mail) class available too
Spanish Classes available for adults and juveniles
For adult or juvenile clients who either need to complete an anger management class or a theft/shoplifting class, required by a court / probation officer / retailer / school / other persons, or for anyone who wants to get anger management or theft/shoplifting help on their own.
Anytime, at the client's convenience. In your home, start and stop whenever you want. Registration is active for 1 year.
The student works through several chapters and is tested after each assignment and again at the conclusion of the course. A Certificate of Completion is activated at the conclusion of the course and can be printed and used as confirmation of completion. Our anger management class is not intended, or adequate, for people who are repeated serious physical offenders; people who enjoy being violent or assaultive; seriously mentally ill, (i.e., psychotic), brain damaged, are unable to grasp or learn new ideas.
History of TT Online Services:
Over the years, TT Online services like those of "THEFT TALK"™ has received national recognition in magazines such as Seventeen, The Lookout, The Business Journal, Consumer Reports' Zillions Magazine, The New Yorker and Counseling Today. HBO and MSNBC have featured our services. US News and World Report did a story on "THEFT Talk" in October 2008.
The underlying concepts of TT Online Services originated between 1975 and 1983. Two Juvenile Court Counselors, Steve Houseworth and Patrick Murphy, felt ineffective as they worked within the juvenile justice system and set out to improve their skills. Originally while dealing with juvenile offenders, these men, like the majority of correctional personnel, focused on the deed, stressed consequences and assumed the offender knew what was wrong with stealing. Later, out of personal interest and frustration at watching offenders recycle themselves, they decided to specialize in the most frequently occuring crimes, theft and anger related crimes.
Thousands of theft offenders later, this exciting program has undergone many changes. Feeling the results of their study and research was too important to keep to themselves, Steve and Patrick founded a corporation, "THEFT TALK"™ Counseling Service Inc., a nonprofit corporation. Since March of 1983 "THEFT TALK"™ Counseling Service Inc. has been a nonprofit corporation and actively involved in theft diversion and prevention counseling throughout Oregon. More recently, the "THEFT TALK"™ Counseling Service Inc. Board of Director's business plan calls for a nationwide presence. To that end the Board was made aware of, and approved, of a plan to create TT Online Services. to accomodate Theft Talk and Temper Talk Online Services.
Our staff are frequently ask how we talk people out of committing crimes of this nature. Our answer to this question is that we do not try to talk people out of anything. Instead, we recognize that we cannot control their behavior nor make their decisions for them. Further, we realize that threatening, trying to scare, or educating on the possible consequences of stealing has continuously proven to be an ineffective intervention. We find our clients are much less resistant once they learn we do not judge them and we genuinely admit our position of powerlessness. A pleasant benefit of this position is that it diffuses the more traditional power struggle between "The System" and "The Offender". The outcome of this approach is similar to what would be expected when properly implimenting the Motivational Interviewing approach.
TT Online Service uses an evidence based cognitive restructuring approach in all of the services it offers. Though our class material is heavily laced with content which addresses thinking errors, the classes are not marketed as "thinking error" classes. If the person referring is wanting the client to be exposed to a class which introduces thinking errors and focuses on the different types of thinking errors our classes would not meet that standard. The primary focus of all TT Online Services class is to specifically address the criminogenic risk factor of - attitudes, values and beliefs. We are of the opinion, and the research supports, that the most potent risk factor identified to date is - attitudes, values and beliefs. Our approach can best be summarized by the following:
Change your thoughts and you change your world.
~Norman Vincent Peale
(1898 - 1993)
As you can probably tell by now, the theory, philosophy and techniques of TT Online Services are quite unique, specialized and effective. The primary intervention used is referred to as cognitive restructuring.
In each class offered there is an appropriate and relevant reference to victim awareness issues.
Again, welcome to the TT Online Services web page. Please take the time to peruse all our pages, we think they will prove to be of interest to you.
The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
Walden, Henry David Thoreau
Last updated: October 3, 2021