June 17, 2020

ICSA Virtual Summer Conference!

ICSA announcement about the Two-Day Virtual Summer Conference!

Many of you have seen the recent ICSA announcement about the Two-Day Virtual Summer Conference!

This two-day event will include a variety of presentations, panels, and workshops for former members of cultic groups, families and friends, professionals, and researchers.


Day 1 -- Saturday Conference Sessions, July 11, 2020 (11 am - 4 pm US Eastern Time)

Day 2 -- Sunday Workshops, July 12, 2020

Please contact ICSA if you need financial assistance to attend this event. mail@icsamail.com

After registering, you will receive a conference packet which will be sent to your email soon with the detailed schedule, conference related materials, and meeting codes.

Thank you so much to all the volunteers, speakers, and ICSA staff members that helped make this event possible!

Saturday, July 11, 2020
11:00 AM - 11:05 AM
"Opening Session" (Steve Eichel)
11:05 AM - 11:50 AM
"MIND FIXERS: The History of Mass Therapy With its Roots in Mind Dynamics Institute, Misuse of Zen Insights, and Hyping the Positive Thinking of New Thought Religion." (Joseph Kelly, Joseph Szimhart, Patrick Ryan)
11:05 AM - 11:50 AM
"The Neurobiology of Sexual Abuse: Flashbacks, Triggers and Healing" (Doni Whitsett)
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
"Coercive Control and Persuasion in Relationships and Groups– Intersections and Understandings" (Rod Dubrow-Marshall; Linda Dubrow-Marshall; Andrea Silverstone; Carrie McManus)
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
"Unification Church (Moonie) SGAs: The Future is Unwritten" (Lisa Kohn; Teddy Hose; Jen Kiaba)
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
"Lived Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Former Cult Members – Counseling Implications" (Cyndi Matthews; Stevie Powers)
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
"How Female Former Cult Members Can Reclaim their Relationship with Knowledge and Self-Identity" (Jacqueline Johnson)

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
"What cults and fervor can teach us about the evolution of religion."
(Yuval Laor)
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
"Raised in a Cult: Psychological and Social Adjustment of Second- and Third-Generation Former Cult Members" (Sofia Klufas)
3:00 PM - 3:55 PM
"What Do I Tell People? Empowered Ways that Cult Survivors and their Families Can Tell their Stories. Cults, Recovery and Podcasts." (Rachel Bernstein)
3:00 PM - 3:55 PM
"Nxivm: the Reinventive Path to Success?" (Susan Raine, Stephen Kent)
3:55 PM - 4:00 PM
"Closing Session" (Steve Eichel)
Sunday, July 12, 2020
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
"Research Workshop"
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
"Mental Health Workshop"
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
"Former Member Workshop"
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
"Family Workshop"