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Preconference

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

9:00 – 5:00

Registration

 

10:00 – 6:00

Mental Health Workshop [Attendance restricted to mental health and related professionals/students/researchers.]

>Introduction (Lorna Goldberg)

>Treating 1st Generation Former Members: Clinical Discussion (TBD)

>Treating People Born or Raised in Cultic Groups: Clinical Discussion (TBD)

> Treating Families: Clinical Discussion (TBD)

> Sexuality: Clinical Discussion (TBD)

> Clinical Roundtable (TBD)

 

10:00 – 6:00

Family Workshop I:  Building Bridges: Leaving and Recovering from Cultic Groups and Relationships (Rachel Bernstein; Joseph Kelly; Patrick Ryan) [10:00 - 2:30]

Family Workshop II: Understanding Group Involvement Through the Lens of Culture (Robert Chaen; Nitai Joeph; Joseph Kelly; Patrick Ryan; Joseph Szimhart; Doni Whitsett) [2:45 – 4:15]

Family Workshop III: An Approach to Exit Counseling/Intervention: A Case Presentation  (Patrick Ryan; Hana and Jerry Whitfield) [4:30 – 6:00]

 

2:30  – 6:00

Education Workshop (Piotr T. Nowakowski, Moderator)

>Foundation Principles of Critical Thinking (Tom Baier)

>A Cultic Case-Study Illustrating the Concept of "UNITY": A Seventh Social Influence Process (Russell Bradshaw)

>Everyday Cults and the Art of Recognizing and Addressing Destructive Dynamics in Mainstream Groups, Businesses, Churches and in Self-Help Movement (Gerette Buglion)

>Psychological Manipulation, How Cults Do It and How You Can Resist Them (Arthur Buchman)

 

10:00 – 1:00

Research Workshop (Rod Dubrow-Marshall, Moderator)

Graduate Research in Cultic Studies and Related Fields: Perspectives of Students and Advisors

 

10:00 – 1:00

Former Member Workshop I (Ashley Allen, Moderator) [Attendance restricted to former members of cultic groups and relationships.]

>Orientation (Facilitator: Ashley Allen, Carol Giambalvo, Ann Stamler)

>Discussion Panel: Creating Understanding Between Generational Subgroups in Cults and Addressing the Question of Responsibility, Shame, and Guilt (Facilitators: Ashley Allen; Heidi Hough)

 

2:30  – 6:00

Former Member Workshop II (Ashley Allen, Moderator) [Attendance restricted to former members of cultic groups and relationships.]

>Boundaries/Manipulation (Facilitator: Elizabeth Blackwell)

>Shame (Facilitators: Lorna Goldberg, Doni Whitsett)

>Connections/Disconnections (Facilitators: Elizabeth Blackwell, Nitai Joseph)

>Coping With Practical Aspects of Life (Facilitators: Elizabeth Blackwell, Nitai Joseph, Dorca Musseb)

>Discussion/Closing

 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

8:00 – 5:00

Registration

 

9:00 – 10:30

Welcome (Steve Eichel; Carolle Tremblay)

Plenary address – We Disagree – Let’s Talk!: Why Diversity and Dialogue are Necessary (Lorna Goldberg)

 

10:30 – 11:00

Break

 

11:00 – 12:30

Panel: Domestic Violence and Cults I (Linda Dubrow-Marshall, Moderator; Elizabeth Burchard; invited speakers who have not yet confirmed)

 

Thought Reform, Non-traditional Therapy, and Ethics (Jeff Bryson)

Ethical Standards for Thought Reform Consultation (Piotr T. Nowakowski)

 

Christian Cults and the Concept of Hell (Robert Pardon; Neil Damgaard; Michael Langone)

Entheogens and Entactogens: Cults and Drugs (Joseph Szimhart)

 

Carlos Castaneda, Harold Garfinkel and the Breaching Experiments (Robert Marshall)

Like Straws Carried Together by the Waves of a River: How Ideology is Connected to Child Abuse Within the Hare Krishna Movement (Eric Bernasek; Nitai Joseph)

 

Why Young Kurdish Muslims Contacted ISIS in Syria and Iraq (Hazhar Ramazan Ahmed; Hersh Qadir, Hama Sur)

Peer Intervention in Gang, Cult & Terror Youth Recruitment (Ari Fodeman)

 

Boundaries (Rosanne Henry; Elizabeth Blackwell)

[Only former members of cultic groups may attend this session.]

 

12:30 – 2:30

Lunch Break

 

2:30

Bookstore and Phoenix Project Begin.  Continues to Saturday 4:30 pm

 

2:30 –  4:00

Panel: Domestic Violence and Cults II

The "Power and Control Wheel": Its Contributions to Understanding Cultic Relationships (Chelsea Brass; Steve Eichel; Abigail Hazlett)

 

So, What Helps Former Members Recover: A Report on Empirical Research (Gillie Jenkinson)

Adult Perspectives on Totalistic Teen Treatment: Experiences and Impact (Marcus Chatfield)

 

Brief Overview of Catholic Movements Accused of Being Cult-Like (John Paul Lennon)

A Shepherding Update: The Case of University of Arizona from Maranatha Campus Ministries to Hope Church and the Current Controversies (David Clark)

 

An Analysis of the Historical Background and Communication Practices of Mormon Culture that Reflect Cult Recruitment Tactics and How to Combat Them (Ashlen Hilliard)

Communicating to Recruit, Restrain and Retain (Mark Giles)

 

New Challenges from Cultic Movements in Post Qigong Fever China (Tianjia Chen)

Korean New Religious Movements: A Jamesian Approach (Chae Young Kim)

Child-Monk and Child's Desire: Psychoanalytic and Anthropological Study on the Limits and Abuses of a Religious Tradition (Elizabeth Kaluaratchige)

 

Open Discussion: Born or Raised in Cultic Groups (Facilitator, TBD) [Attendance restricted to people born or raised in cultic groups or relationships.]

 

4:00 –  4:30

Break

 

4:30  - 6:00

Using Existing Models of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) to Help Professionals Understand Coercive Control (Tara Beazley)

Caught in the Vortex: Dynamics of Psychological/Emotional Manipulation and Entrapment in One-on-One Cultic Dyads and Small Groups (Tammy Ichinotsubo-Ezzi)

 

Dreams of Meeting - On Leaving the Closed Brethren (Linda Attoe)

The Freedom of Mind Approach to Helping People Raised in Destructive Environments (Steve Hassan)

 

Spiritual Abuse in Islam (Danish Qasim)

The Lived Experience of Spiritual Abuse Within Mainstream Christianity (Paula Parish-Foley)

 

Panel: Born and Raised in Tony Alamo Christian Ministries and Transitioning to a New Reality (Debby Schriver; Tonia Griffin, Jess Griffin, Vanessa, Angela, Alsandria, Shaina, Marcus

 

Panel: Radicalization (Rod Dubrow-Marshall, Moderator; Monique Lauret; invited participants who have not yet confirmed)

 

Open Discussion: First-Generation Former Cultic Group Members (Facilitator, TBD) [Attendance restricted to former members of cultic groups and relationships.]

 

 7:30 - 9:00

Evening programs

Literary Readings

 

Friday, July 6, 2018

8:00 – 5:00

Registration

 

9:00 – 10:30

Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) (Mary Moore]

"Take Me to Your Leader" (Sharon Doni)

Eating Disorders, Self-Mutilation, and Suicidality in Cultic and High-Demand Groups (Sharon Farber)

 

DisUnification Churches? An Enquiry into Post-Charismatic Factions (Eileen Barker)

Child Sexual Grooming in Alternative Religions (Stephen Kent)

The Impact of Rejection of Modern Medicine on Dependents of Cult Members (Campbell Fraser)

 

Reawakening Your Spirituality After a Cult Experience (Doug and Wendy Duncan)

Colliding Worldviews: Ministering to Those Traumatized in Bible-based Cults (Robert Pardon)

 

Panel: So We Thought We Could Fly (Diane Hendel; Joseph Kelly; Curtis Malloux; Patrick Ryan)

 

Panel: Right-Wing Extremism (invited participants who have not yet confirmed)

 

After the Cult: Who Am I? (Leona Furnari] [Attendance restricted to former members of cultic groups and relationships].

 

10:30 – 11:00

Break

 

11:00 – 12:30

The Paradoxes and Dilemmas of (re)integrating into Mainstream Society (Doni Whitsett)

Understanding the Experience of African American Families and Individuals in Religiously Abusive Organizations (Alisha Powell)

 

Panel: Patty Hearst Revisited (Lorna Goldberg, Moderator; Linda Dubrow-Marshall; Rod Dubrow-Marshall; Cathrine Moestue)

 

Wolves-in-Sheepskin Encounters and Their Disastrous Effects (Anda Moranda)

Wellspring Method of Providing Psycho-Educational and Creative Workshops in Supporting Recovery for Survivors (Gregory Sammons; Angelina Sammons)

What does the Activity of Cults tell us about Contemporary man and his Religiosity? (Robert Ptaszek)

 

Terrorism and Cultic Control: Views of Practitioners (Leanne Smith; Chelsea Brass)

The Global Challenge Raised by Young People Recruited by Radical Islam: A real Crisis of Intelligibility (Regine Zimmermann)

 

Panel: Scientology's Aftermath for Second Generation Members - Panel Discussion (Karen Pressley, Moderator; Christi Gordon; Chris Shelton; Aaron Smith-Levin)

 

Critical Thinking for Former Group Members (Tom Baier) [Attendance restricted to former members of cultic groups and relationships.]

 

12:30 – 2:30

Lunch Break

 

2:30 –  4:00

Panel: Distrust, Betrayal, and Resilience: Counseling Clients Who Were Harmed Through Previous Psychotherapy (Steve Eichel; Daniel Shaw; Madeleine Tormoen)

 

The Brainwashing Hypothesis: Recent Developments in Biopsychosocial Research (Benjamin Zablocki)

Overvaluation: The Goal of Thought Reform and the Key to Control (Ron Burks)

 

Spiritual Abuse: Blaming the Victim (Dylesia Barner; Maureen Griffo)

The Move of God (Glori Williams)

 

Escaping Scientology and Coming to Terms with Your Story (Karen Pressley)

Voyeurism in the Media: Creating A New Narrative (Naomi Raddatz)

 

Panel: Litigation over Mind Control: Lessons Learned from Wins and Losses (Masaki Kito; Takashi Yamaguchi; Yukari Yamamoto)

 

Open Discussion: Born or Raised in Cultic Groups (Facilitator, TBD) [Attendance restricted to people born or raised in cultic groups or relationships.]

 

4:00 –  4:30

Break

 

4:30  - 6:00

Post Traumatic Growth Evidenced in FGA, SGA and MGA Former Members (Gillie Jenkinson)

History of Support Groups and Networks for Those Affected by High-Demand/High-control Groups and Relationships (Maureen Griffo)

 

Panel: Human Trafficking

Cultic Theory & Intervention for Pimp Controlled Sex Trafficking (Megan Lundstrom)

(invited participants who have not yet confirmed)

 

How Do You Mend a Broken Heart-Balm Statute? (Paul Grosswald)

From Undue Influence to Predatory Alienation (Alan Scheflin)

 

Now We Are Parents - What Have We Learned: A Moderated Discussion for People Born or Raised in Cults Who Now Have Children of Their Own (Eva Mackey)

Learning From Those Who Got Away (Ashley Allen; Janja Lalich)

 

Social Dynamics within Cultic Groups: An Exploration of the Social Forces and Processes that Occur in High-Control Groups (Anthony Murphy)

Modus Operandi of Religious Cults and Large Group Awareness Trainings (Robert Chaen)

 

Open Discussion: First-Generation Former Cultic Group Members (Facilitator, TBD) [Attendance restricted to former members of cultic groups and relationships.]

 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

8:00 – 1:00

Registration

 

9:00 – 10:30

Panel: Heroes or Psychopaths?  Cultic Studies Lessons From Three Controversial Historical Figures (Tony Jenkinson; William Goldberg; Stephen Parsons)

 

Government Regulation of Religious Extremist Groups: A Case Study of the FLDS (Linda Demaine)

How to Get Legislators to Pay Attention (Richard Pompelio)

 

Recovery- From Victimhood to Surviving To Thriving (Dorca Musseb)

Coping with the Aftermath of Leaving a Hierarchic Control Religion (Jacqueline Fowler)

 

Cult in Contemporary China and Social Transformation. (Chunli Zhang)

Who Harms Whom: The Offensive and Defensive Strategy in the Chinese Cult Movement (Qing Ye)

Research on How the Internet Affects Cults’ Appeal to Young People in China (Peng Xue; Baoxiang Fan)

 

Understanding the Role of Shame in Cult Indoctrination and Recovery (Daniel Shaw)

Helping Former Members Work With Dreams of an Abusive Group: Opportunities for Recovery by Engaging with Dreams (Laura Prickett)

 

Cults and Sexuality (Steve Eichel, Cyndi Matthews, Doni Whitsett) [Attendance restricted to former members of cultic groups and relationships.]

 

10:30 – 11:00

Break

 

11:00 – 12:30

Panel: Workshop for Former Cult Members who were Parents in the Cult (Lorna Goldberg, xxx)

 

Panel: Faith-Healing Abuses (Janet Heimlich; Marci Hamilton; Paul Offit)

 

Mentoring: A Model for Intervention With Former Members (Samie Brosseau; Ashley Allen)

Family Counseling for Second Generation Adult Cult Survivor (Cyndi Matthews)

 

Panel: Radicalization Awareness Network of the European Union, EXIT Group (invited participants who have not yet confirmed)

 

Who am I? A Study on the Influence of Cultic Childhood Experiences on the Development of Personality and Identity (Kathrin Kaufmann; Kern Chantal; Laura Illig)

Psychopathological Characteristics of Members and ex-Members of Psychologically Abusive Groups Attending a Clinical Psychology Unit (Vega Gonzalez; Juanjo Santamaria)

 

Open Discussion: First-Generation Former Cultic Group Members (Facilitator, TBD) [Attendance restricted to former members of cultic groups and relationships.]

 

12:30 – 2:30

Lunch Break

 

2:30 –  4:00

Effectiveness of Mindfulness Training on Improving Self-Harmony and Reducing Trait Anxiety Level of Cult Members. (Yao Liu; Qingping Chen, and Congjiao Li)

How Family Involvement in Cultic Groups Influences Young People: An Analysis Based on Media Coverage and Interviews (Zengyi Zhang)

The Four Logics Behind the Facts: An Examination of the Claims of Cult Members Who Were Injured by the Chinese Government (Dingcheng Ren; Qing Ye, Min Wu)

 

Challenges of Custody and Visitation Disputes (Carolle Tremblay; Steve Eichel)

Legal Theories: Overview and Potential Strategies (Robin Boyle Laisure)

 

Panel: The Role of Creative Art in Cult Abuse Recovery (Ashley Allen, Moderator; Nori Muster; Diana Pletts) Special Problems with Writing Fiction about Cults, Extreme Religions and High-Demand Groups (Gordon Neufeld)

 

Panel: Coercive Control (Rod Dubrow-Marshall, Moderator; Linda Dubrow-Marshall; invited participants who have not yet confirmed)

 

How Grief Becomes Disenfranchised When Losing a Child to a Cult (Rosanne Henry)

 

Open Discussion: Born or Raised in Cultic Groups (Facilitator, TBD) [Attendance restricted to people born or raised in cultic groups or relationships.]

 

4:00 –  4:30

Break

 

4:30  - 6:00

Plenary Address - The Spectrum of Coercive Control (Rod Dubrow-Marshall)

Awards

Closing Comments (Steve Eichel)