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ICSA Today - latest issue
  • Free Speech and Cultic Litigation - Esther Friedman (2-5)
  • Suppression of Free Speech: Report on a Survey - Michael D. Langone (6-7)
  • Saved By Our Son - Russell Bradshaw (8-11) 
  • Cults and Sex Trafficking - Andy Volger (12-16)
  • Profile On Hakan Jarva (17)
  • Book Review - Paradise and Promises: Chronicles of My Life With a Self-Declared, Modern-Day Buddha - Marcia Rudin (18-19)
  • Arts: Colored Pencil Paintings - Laura Chatterton (20-27)
  • Correspondents' Reports (28-31)
  • News Desk (32-36)
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ICSA Specialized Website

ICSA has launched a new website that is focused on spiritual abuse: Please explore this site, tell us what you think, and consider submitting something to its “Story blog."

The desire to understand our world and our place within it is an inherently human pursuit. Spirituality is a powerful lens through which we explore and make sense of our world. Spiritual abuse occurs when this search for understanding and connection is exploited.

New Link Added to ICSA Links Page
This Australian commission's website has links to many useful research reports, including: Analysis of claims of child sexual abuse made with respect to Catholic Church institutionsSafe and sound: Exploring the safety of young people in residential carePrinciples of trauma-informed approaches to child sexual abuse: A discussion paper.

New Videos

Religious Conflict Resolution: A Model for Families (Michael Langone and Patrick Ryan) - with Video: India in a Mind's Eye (Steven Gelberg)

NYC Educational Outreach Committee Model Presentations. ICSA is proud to make available a series of papers on basic cultic issues developed by ICSA's New York City Educational Outreach Committee. These papers are intended as a basic introduction to various areas of interest in the broad area of cultic studies, such as how to define a cult, what impact a high-control group has on a member, what impact it has on a member’s family, and how being born or raised in a cult affects children. They may serve as templates for presentations on these subjects to diverse audiences, such as students, clergy, or mental health providers.

Meet ICSA Members 
From time to time, this column will feature a short profile on an ICSA member.

Barbara Martin, MA, received her degree from University of Kansas Medical Center with a degree in 
Speech-Language Pathology. She and her husband, Dr. Paul Martin, were members of Great Commission International, once a cultic church operating on campuses across the nation that now, thankfully, has returned to balance. She and Paul left that group when she became an Assistant Professor of Speech Communication at Geneva College in Pennsylvania, where she received tenure. They then moved to Ohio to begin Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center, where she did a variety of administrative tasks, served clients, and led workshops on topics including depression and anxiety, addiction, forgiveness and bitterness, and codependency issues. She has lectured at conferences and speaking engagements on cultic thinking, dissociation, hidden abuses (the famous “What’s Behind Door Number One?” talk, and, recently, the 25-year history of Wellspring, among other topics. Currently, she serves as a licensed speech-language pathologist. A summary of her talk appeared in ICSA Today, Vol 3, 2012 and then printed in Italian for C. Capresi's publication in December of 2013. Currently she serves as a Speech Pathologist to Vinton Local District near her home, and maintains Paul's articles, books, and files organized for future use for professionals in the field.


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