Leaving and Recovering from Cultic Groups and Relationships: A Seminar and Workshop for Families and Former Members
When: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. April 1, 2017 to Sunday 1:45 p.m. April 2, 2017 Where: Center for Inquiry, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90027
This event, which is open to everybody but is especially aimed at families and former members of high-demand groups, will include much discussion on topics such as the following: Overview of joining, leaving, and recovery; why people leave groups and why they stay, coping with triggers, recovery needs of former members and people born or raised in cults, personal accounts from former members of groups such as Jehovah’s Witnesses, TM, Ramtha, Hare Krishna, and others; issues families confront Assessing your situation Building relationship For more information and to register: www.icsahome.com/events/localevents/los-angeles-workshop
Surviving and Moving On After a High-Demand Group Experience: A Workshop for Second-Generation Former Members
When: Friday 4:30 pm April 28, 2017 to Sunday 2:00 pm April 30, 2017 (Check-in time is 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm.) Where: Guest House Retreat & Conference Center, 318 West Main Street, Chester, CT 06412 (860–322–5770).
When: Friday 9:00 a.m. April 21, 2017 to Saturday 5:00 p.m., April 22, 2017 Where: Courtyard Marriott, 10050 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers, Florida 33913
This two-day conference finds value in resources coming from psychological and religious frameworks, though obviously some issues, e.g., questions about God's mercy, may require religious concepts to address properly. The conference is aimed at those who were spiritually abused, whether recently or in the past, family members concerned about a loved one, and helping professionals, including pastors and therapists.
ICSA Annual Conference Theme: Cultic Dynamics and Radicalization
When: June 29- July 1, 2017 Where: Bordeaux, France
The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is conducting its 2017 Annual International Conference jointly with Info-Secte/Info-Cult of Montreal and Société Française de Recherche et d’Analyse de l’Emprise Mentale (SFRAEM). The conference will take place in Bordeaux, France from June 29 through July 1, 2017 (preconference workshops on Wednesday June 28). The conference will address the needs and interests of ICSA’s four main constituencies: former group members, families, helping professionals, and researchers.
High-Control Groups: Helping Former Members and Families
When: November 3-5, 2017 Where: La Fonda on the Plaza, Santa Fe, New Mexico
This bi-annual conference focuses on the needs of former group members and families. It also includes a training track for mental health professionals. Conference sessions emphasize discussion so participants can address issues pertinent to their individual concerns.