October 26-27, 2018
Hartford, CT

October 26-27, 2018
Rzeszów,, Poland

April 26-28, 2019
Chester, CT

2019 Annual Conference July 4-6, 2019
Greater Manchester, UK

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ICSA Conversation: Updating The Legal Concept of Undue Influence in the 21st Century

ICSA Conversation: Can A Fish See Water? How I Left a High-Control Group, Took Back My Life and Help Others Recover

ICSA Conversation: Brainwashing: Scientific Concept or Mere Label

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Panel: Recovering Your Sexual Self After the Cult Part 1
Panel: Recovering Your Sexual Self After the Cult - Part 2

On Being Born and Raised in a High-Demand Group (Jill Mytton)

First Generation Parents and Second Generation Children (Lorna Goldberg)

Truth From the Mouths of Babes (Eva Meyrat)

Religious Conflict Resolution: A Model for Families (Michael Langone and Patrick Ryan) - with Video: India in a Mind's Eye (Steven Gelberg)
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Elmer Thiessen
 moved to Waterloo, Ontario, in 2007, after having retired from teaching philosophy at Medicine Hat College, in Alberta, Canada, for over 35 years. He continues to teach on a part-time basis at Wilfrid Laurier University and Emmanuel Bible College, with an occasional teaching stint overseas. He has published numerous articles and book reviews, both in professional journals and religious magazines. His research specialty has been the philosophy of education – here he has published two books, Teaching for Commitment, and In Defence of Religious Schools and Colleges (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1993; 2001). His most recent work is entitled, The Ethics of Evangelism: A Philosophical Defence of Ethical Proselytizing and Persuasion, published in 2011 by Paternoster Press and IVP Academic. A forthcoming book on the same topic but written specifically for Christians, and tentatively entitled, The Scandal of Evangelism: A New Testament Study of the Ethics of Evangelism, will be published by Wipf and Stock, either in the fall of 2017 or early in 2018.


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IT Vol. 9 No. 2 (2018) 
  • How Can Faith Communities Help Survivors of
    Spiritual Abuse? - Michael D. Langone (2-5)
  • Overview: Support Groups - William Goldberg (6-7)
  • Dallas Former-Member Support Group - Doug Duncan (8-9)
  • Families Helping Families - Trudy Kendrick (10-12)
  • Book Reviews - Joseph Szimhart and Robin Boyle (13-17)
  • Arts: Poetry - F.E. Feeley Jr.
  • Profile on Arthur Dole - Ron Loomis (26)
  • Correspondents' Reports (27-29)
  • News Desk (30-36)
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