About Outcome Alternatives

a Nonprofit Corporation


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

"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 did a story on "THEFT Talk" in October 2008.

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.

Our anger management class was developed in 1994. Our Mass Transit Class began in 1987 and went online in 2005. PACT™ was created in 1997 and was placed under our umbrella in 2007. The upcoming Record Erasor™ program is a 2013 service.

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 sigma for clients attending classes such as PACT™ and Record Erasor™.

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.

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: February 10, 2013