Founded in 1979*, the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is a global network of people concerned about psychological manipulation and abuse in cultic or high-demand groups, alternative movements, and other environments. ICSA is tax-exempt, supports civil liberties, and is not affiliated with any religious or commercial organizations. (See links to the left.)
ICSA is unique in how it brings together former group members, families, helping professionals and researchers.
ICSA's mission is to apply research and professional perspectives to:
Power Point Presentation: ICSA's Programs and Goals
Changes in the North American Cult Awareness Movement (a history from the 1970s to the 2010s)
Your financial support enables ICSA to:
ICSA runs an annual workshop for second-generation adults (SGAs – people born or raised in cultic groups) and a bi-annual assistance-focused conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This latter event provides training for mental health professionals, as well as support and information for families and former group members.
ICSA runs a free monthly meeting in New York City and special events in different cities.
ICSA also offers opportunities for interested individuals to get involved in assistance, educational, and research activities.
If you have questions or would like to learn more, please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* ICSA was founded as American Family Foundation. The name was changed in 2004 for a variety or reasons - see "name change" document.