About Outcome Alternatives



Outcome Alternatives™, was founded in 1983 as "THEFT TALK"™ Counseling Service Inc.

"THEFT TALK"™ became a nonprofit corporation in 1983. Over the years, "THEFT TALK" Counseling Services (now Outcome Alternateives™) 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 have done a story on "THEFT Talk".

The underlying concepts of "THEFT TALK"™ Counseling Service 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 theft counseling.

In an attempt to accomodate growth into other related programs and services "THEFT TALK" evolved into its DBA (doing business as) of Outcome Alternatives™. The name change helped avoid narrow niching and avoids any possible stigma for clients participating.

As you can probably tell by now, the theory, philosophy and techniques of Outcome Alternatives™ are quite unique, specialized and effective. The primary intervention used is referred to as cognitive restructuring. We strive to only use an evidence based approach and to target criminogenic risk factors. Evidence base: Cognitive Restructuring and Risk Factors (the most potent): Focus on attitudes, values and beliefs.

From 1983 through December 2019 "THEFT TALK" sustained itself by receiving referrals from Courts in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties (Oregon). In 2020, following the Corona Virus 19 pandemic, our little nonprofit was unable to sustain itself after seven full months with (essentially) no Court referrals. The decision was made to close the nonprofit, Oregon based "THEFT TALK" Counseling Service Inc. That's the bad news. The good news is that THEFT TALK has a nationwide version of itself, Theft Talk Online Services, (a different company) which provides classes online. Theft TALK Online Services (TTOS.Us) will continue its programs ans has assumed the domains thefttalk.org and outcomealternatives.com. As of October 1, 2020 Outcome Alternatives is an official TTOS.us program.

Again, welcome to the Outcome Alternatives 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: September 15, 2020