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ICSA Today: Contents (2010 - present)

IT Vol. 8 No. 2 (2017 - PDF of Issue)

Government, Thought Reform, and Native History - Nancy Miquelon (2-9) 

Retribing the Planet: Shamanism Repurposed for Modern-Times - Joseph Szimhart (10-14)

Arts: Paintings - Joseph Szimhart (16-19)

Cleansing Ritual - Mary O'Connell (20-21)

Book Review - Greetings from Utopia Park: Surviving a Transcendent Childhood - Gina Catena, Reviewer (22-23)

Correspondents' Reports - (24-30)

News Desk - (31- 36)


IT Vol. 8. No. 1 (2017)

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)


IT Vol. 7. No. 3 (2016)

You Do Not Have to Be a Fool to Be Fooled: An Interview with Robert Cialdini, Updated - Cathrine Moestue (2-10)

Origins and Prevention of Abuse in Religious Groups - Michael D. Langone (11-13)

Correspondents' Reports (14-18)

Arts: Poetry and Photography (19-21)

Book Review - Institutional Persuasion: The Technology of Reformation in Straight Incorporated and Residential Teen Treatment Industry - Ron Burks (22-24)

Profile on Noomi Andemark (25)

News Desk (26-32)


IT Vol. 7. No. 2 (2016)

Groucho Marx and Cult Recovery  - Michael D. Langone (2-5)

Inside the Walls of a Libertarian - Flavio Amaral (6-9)

Info-Cult at 35: Observations, Insights, and Lessons Learned - Michael Kropveld (10-14)

Why I had to Escape a Fundamentalist Cult - Charlene L. Edge (15-17)

Arts and Poetry - Katharina Meredith (18-19)

Book Review: S. - Joseph Szimhart (20-21)

Profile on Alex Gawkins (22-23)

Correspondents' Reports (24-27)

News Desk (28-33)


IT Vol. 7. No. 1 (2016)

Closed Cults, Open Conferences - Steve K.D. Eichel (2-3)

Dr. Paul Martin-A Good Leader and a Wonderful Counselor - Gillie Jenkinson (4-7)

What Changed My Mind - Camilla Hanke (8-10)

When Endings Are Beginnings: David's Story - Jill Mytton (11-16)

Impact on Children of Being Born Into/Raised in a Cultic Group - Ashley Allen (17-22)

The Theory That Won't Go Away: An Updated Review of the Role Hypnosis Plays in Mind Control - Steve K. D. Eichel (23-27)

2015 Margaret T. Singer Award (28-29)

Visual Arts: Fiber Art - Joy Prescott (30)

"Mommy, Did You Get to See the Dolphins?" - Eva Meyrat (31-33)

Correspondents' Reports (34-37)

News Desk (38-44)

IT Vol. 6. No. 3 (2015)
 
The Challenge of Defining Cult - Herbert L. Rosedale, Michael D. Langone, Russell H. Bradshaw, Steve K. Eichel (2-13) 
  • On Using the Term Cult (Herbert L. Rosedale and Michael D. Langone)
  • The Definitional Ambiguity of Cult and ICSA's Mission (Michael D. Langone)
  • What is a Cult? (Russell H Bradshaw)
  • Characteristics Associated with Cultic Groups (Michael D. Langone)
  • For Families Who Suspect That a Loved One May be Involved with a High-Demand Group (Cult) (Steve K. D. Eichel)
Why Did I Endure? - Carrie Buddington (14-17)

Editor's Corner - William Goldberg (18-19)

Poetry - Alicen Grey (20-23)

Book Review - The Family - Ashley Allen (24-25)

Correspondents' Reports (28-31)

News Desk (32-40)

IT Vol. 6. No. 2 (2015)

Mental-Health Issues in Cult-Related Interventions - J Paul Lennon, Joseph Szimhart, William Goldberg, 
and Daniel Shaw (2-7) 

When Critical Thinking Doesn't Help: Why It Fails and How to Make It Happen - Millard J. Melynk (8-11) 

Meditating to Settle Conflicts in Cultic Groups: Some Useful Methodologies - Raffaella Di Marzio (12-15)

Editor's Corner - Lindow Dubrow-Marshall (16)

Visual Art - Riaan Williams (17-21)

Book Review: 
Quivering Daughters Hope and Healing for the Daughters of Patriarchy - Lawrence A. Pile (22-25)

Correspondents' Reports (26-29)

News Desk (30-40)

IT Vol. 6. No. 1 (2015)

An Introduction to the Basics of a Safe Religious Community - Neil C. Damgaard (2-7)

My Unexpected Journey - Cindy Kunsman (8-12)

Editor's Corner - Michael Langone (13-15)

2014 Phoenix Project: Ex-Member Art and Literature - Diana Pletts (16-22)

Profile On Ck Rardin - (23)

Arts: Photography - Ck Rardin (24-25)

Arts: Poetry - Dianne L. Wentworth (26-28)

Film Review: Generation War Our Fathers Our Mothers - Tony Jenkinson (29)

Correspondents' Reports (30)

News Desk (31)


IT Vol. 5, No. 3 (2014)

A Few Things I've Learned and Some People I've Learned From - Lorna Goldberg (2-9)

2012 Paul Martin Lecture: Thought Reform and the Psychology of Breaking Away From Totalism - Ron Burks (10-13)

Religious Liberty and New Religious Movements: The Italian Experience and the Observatory on Religious Liberty - Massimo Introvigne (14-19)

Profile on Diana Pletts (20)

Book Review: Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson (Jeff Guinn) - RaeAnne Wilson, Reviewer (21)

From Survivor To Thriver - Angela "Vennie" Kocsis (22-25)

Arts: Poetry - Angela "Vennie" Kocsis (26-27)

Arts: Mixed Media - Angela "Vennie" Kocsis (28-29)

Correspondents' Reports (30-31)

News Desk (32-41)


IT Vol. 5, No. 2 (2014)


Rebuilding the Jigsaw - Gillie Jenkinson (2-5) 

Reclaiming Life Stories After Cult Immersion - Greg Jemsek (6-10) 

Peace at Last - Gina Catena (12-15) 

A Personal Experience of Transcendental Meditation and the TM Movement - Stephen Coleman (16-17) 

When the Cult Leader Hoists a White Flag: The Shinsekai Case - Masaki Kito & Takashi Yamaguchi (18-21) 

Profile on Daniel Shaw (22) 

Point of View : Q&A- William Goldberg (23) 

Correspondents' Reports (24-27) 

News Desk (28-37)


IT Vol. 5, No. 1 (2014)


Why Cults are Harmful: Neurobiological Speculations - Doni Whitsett (2-5)

Writing Betrayal of the Spirit: Autobiographical Writing as Therapy - Nori Muster (6-8)

Commentary on Writing Betrayal of the Spirit - Doni Whitsett (9-10)

Cultic Issues and Religious Freedom - Willy Fautre (11-15)

Arts: Poetry - Kristen Skedgell DeVoe (16-18)

Point of View: Q&A - William Goldberg (19)

Arts: Photography - Diana Pletts (20-21)

Correspondent Reports (22-25)

Press Summaries (26-33)


IT Vol. 4, No. 3 (2013)


Dialogue and Cultic Studies: Why Dialogue Benefits the Cultic Studies Field – ICSA Board of Directors (2-7) 

The Ethics of Evangelism and Cult Recruitment – Elmer Thiessen (8-10) 

2013 ICSA Annual Conference Trieste, Italy (11-17) 

Zen and the Art of Student Abuse – Christopher Hamacher (18-19) 

Correspondent Reports (20-21) 

Arts: Poetry (22-23 

Arts: Painting – Susan Libby (24-27) 

Profiles on Nancy Miquelon and Lisa Monroney (28-29) 

Former Members and Health Care Reform – Livia Bardin (29) 

Book Review: Mushroom Satori: The Cult Diary (Joseph Szimhart) – Marsha Rudin, Reviewer (30) 

Press Summaries (31-37) 


IT Vol. 4, No. 2 (2013) 


Marriage After the Cult – Lorna Goldberg (2-5) 

On Breaking the Code of Silence – Kristen Skedgell DeVoe (6-7) 

Back from the Brink – Lawrence A. Pile (8-11) 

The Marriage of the Lamb – K. Gordon Neufeld (12-15) 

Arts: A 30-Year Odyssey – Ava Lynn Williams (16-23) 

Profile on Marie-Andrée Pelland (24) 

Point of View : Q&A- William Goldberg (25) 

Correspondent Reports (26) 

Press Summaries (27-33) 


IT Vol. 4, No. 1 (2013)


Born into a Doomsday Cult – Andie Redwine (2-5) 

Urban Legends and Other Misconceptions Concerning the Threats Cults Pose – Piotr T. Nowakowski (6-9) 

The Results of the International Cultic Studies Association’s 2008 Questionnaire for Former Cult Members – Richard Dowhower (10-11) 

Point of View: Q&A (12) 

Book Review: Child of the Cult (Nori Muster) – Joseph Szimhart, Reviewer (13-15) 

Book Review: Escape: My Lifelong War Against Cults (Paul Morantz) – Leona Furnari, Reviewer (15-17) 

Poetry – Jessica (18-21) 

Profiles on Rosanne Henry and Carol Giambalvo (22-23) 

Arts: Poetry – Jessica (18-21) 

Correspondent Reports (24-26) 

Press Summaries (27-33) 


IT Vol. 3, No. 3 (2012)


“By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them”: How Good and Bad Works Can Deceive – the Case of the Legion of Christ – Michael Langone (2-5) 

Bad Fruits of the Legion of Christ Catholic Religious Order – Paul Lennon (6 – 9) 

The Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi: A Parent’s Perspective – Peter Kingsland (10-13) 

The Law to Protect Victims of Manipulation: A Victory for Region Friuli Venezia Giulia – Cristina Caparesi (14-15) 

ICSA International Conference Awards Speeches – Carolle Tremblay; Steve A. Kent (16-19) 

Point of View: Q&A – William Goldberg (20) 

Book Review. Theosophy: History of a Pseudoreligion (Rene Guenon) – Joseph Szimhart, Reviewer (21-23) 

Correspondent Reports (24-26) 

Arts: Painting - April Galamin (26-27) 

Arts: Poetry - Heather (28-30) 

Press Summaries (31-37) 


IT Vol. 3, No. 2 (2012)


“Cults” and Globalization: Reflections and Questions – Mike Kropveld (2-5) 

An Open Letter to Clergy Regarding Helping Former Members of Abusive Churches or Cults – Carol Giambalvo (6-7) 

Getting Involved in a Cult is Easy; Getting Out Never Is – Gary M. (8-11) 

Sister, My Sister – Sophie G. (12-15) 

Aspects of Alternative Spirituality in Romania – Rev. Dr. Radu Petre Muresan (16-22) 

Movie Review: Martha Marcy May Marlene – Rebecca Parks, Reviewer (22-23) 

Arts: Poetry – Carol Welch (24-25) 

Arts: Drawing – April Galamin (26-27) 

Point of View: Q&A (28) 

Correspondent Reports (29-31) 

Profiles on Carolle Tremblay, Steve K. D. Eichel, and Steven A. Kent (32-33) 

Press Summaries (34-37) 


IT Vol. 3, No. 1 (2012)


History of the Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center — Barbara Martin (2-7) 

Resisting the Pressure to Choose Between Parents: A School-Based Program – Amy J. L. Baker, PhD (8-13) 

Cult, A Love Story – Alexandra Amor (14-15) 

Book Review: Merchants of Deception (Eric Scheibeler) –Joseph Szimhart, Reviewer (16-17) 

Book Review: Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment (Janet Heimlich) – Marcia Rudin, Reviewer (19-20) 

Book Review: Modern Religions: An Experiential Analysis (Elliot Benjamin) –Nori Muster, Reviewer (17-18) 

Correspondent Reports (21-25) 

Arts: Leaving a Cult for Music – Rebecca Parks (24-27) 

Profiles on Michael Kropveld, Karen Pressley, and Omar Saldana (28-29) 

Press Summaries (30-37) 


IT Vol. 2, No. 3 (2011) (Theme Issue: SGAs)


Lessons Learned from SGAs About Recovery and Resiliency – Leona Furnari, MSW, LCSW & Rosanne Henry, MA (2-9) 

My Perspective of Rosanne Henry and Leona Furnari’s Presentation to the Annual SGA Workshop – Patrick Rardin (10-11) 

Family Life In and Out of a Cult – Elizabeth A. (12-15) 

My Voice: Learning to Speak After the Cult – Alice A. (16-19) 

Born and Raised in Aesthetic Realism – Ann Stamler, MA, MPhil (20-23) 

“I Really Believed that This Way of Living Was Right” – Monique Goudsmit (24-26) 

Correspondents’ Reports (27-29) 

Arts: Drawing, Poetry – Sara DeGraff (30-31) 

Arts: Poetry – Lois Kendall (32-33) 

Profiles on Patrick Ryan, Alvaro Rodriguez-Carballeira, Lady Vane (34-35) 

Press Summaries (36-41) 


IT Vol. 2, No. 2 (2011) 


Physical Child Abuse in Sects – Lois Kendall, PhD (2-5)

Family Dynamics During a Cult Crisis – Douglas Agustin (2-5) 

Correspondents’ Reports (9) 

Austrian Perspectives on Cults – Friedrich Griess (10-13) 

Paul R. Martin Memorial Lecture – Rod Dubrow-Marshall, Ph.D. (14-17) 

From the Fire to a Blessing Field: Transitioning from an Unhealthy Relationship to a Life of Creativity – Karen Pressley (18-21) 

Profiles on Robert Pardon, Judy Pardon, William Goldberg. (22-23) 

Visual Arts - Helen Pomery (24-26) 

Arts: Poetry - Susan Nieland (27-29) 

Book Review. Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation (Mitch Horowitz) – Joseph Szimhart, Reviewer (30-32) 

Book Review. Ranger’s Apprentice Book 8: The Kings of Clonmel (John Flanagan) – Eric Hamill, Reviewer (32) 

Press Summaries (33-41) 

IT Vol., 2, No. 1 (2011) (Theme: Polygamy)


The Impact of a Modern-Day Polygamy Group on Women and Children – Larry Beall, Ph.D. (2-8) 

New Books on Polygamy - Andrea Moore-Emmett (9) 

Cult is as Cult Does – Gina Catena, M.S., N.P., C.N.M. (10-12) 

Point of View: Q&A – Rosanne Henry, M.A., L.P.C. (13) 

Special Report: Polygamy News(14-15) 

Let’s Get Lost – Kenneth Neufeld(16-19) 

Arts: Visual Arts – Rebbe Fortune (20-21) 

Arts: Poetry – Jael Tamar Sprinkle (22-23) 

Book Review. The Cult Files: True Stories from the Extreme Edges of Religious Belief – Joseph Szimhart (24-25) 

Correspondents’ Reports (26-30) 

Profiles on Cristina Caparesi, Friedrich Griess, Raffaella Di Marzio (32-33) 

Press Summaries (34-41) 

IT Vol. 1, No. 2 (2010)


2010 ICSA Annual Conference (2-7) 

2010 Phoenix Project Report – Diana Pletts (8-13) 

Arts: Drawing – Annabet Mseley (14-15) 

Point of View (16) 

Arts: Poetry – Anabet Modeley (17) 

Prayer-Fee Mandates Removed from Federal Health Care Bills – Rita Swan (18-21) 

Fair Game (short story) – K. Gordon Neufeld (22-23) 

Post-Cult Financial Recovery - Mattie Elizabeth Green (24-27) 

Book Review: Stripping the Gurus: Sex, Violence, Abuse and Enlightenment (Geoffrey D. Falk) – Joseph Szimhart, Reviewer (28-29) 

Correspondent Reports – (30-33) 

Profiles on Gillie Jenkinson, Lois Kendall, and Piotr T. Nowakowski 

Press Summaries (36-41) 


IT Vol. 1, No. 1 (2010)


ICSA Recovery Workshops: The Colorado Model – Carol Giambalvo; Rosanne Henry (2-9) 

A Recovery-from-Addictions Model Applied to Cult Intervention – Joseph Szimhart (10-13) 

Coming Back Home – Julie Katzer (14-15) 

Point of View (16) 

ICSA News (17) 

Correspondent Reports (20-21) 

Poetry – Donna Collins (22-23) 

Paintings – Christine Cole (24-25) 

Profiles on Lorna Goldberg and Ann Stamler (26-27) 

Press Summaries (28-33)