Subject to Change / Sujet à changement
Les événements pré-congrès sont tous en anglais. / Preconference events are all in English.

NOTE: Simultaneously translated sessions are in red and sessions in French are in green.

NOTE : Les conférences traduites simultanément sont en rouge et les conférences en français sont en vert.

Preconference / Pré-congrès

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 / mercredi le 28 juin

Time / Horaire

Events – Sessions - Événements

Room / Salle

8:30 – 19:30

Registration / Inscription


9:00 – 17:00

Workshop - Building Bridges; Leaving and Recovering from Cultic Groups and Relationships: A Workshop for Families (Rachel Bernstein; Joseph Kelly; Patrick Ryan; Doni Whitsett)

Special Presentation Within the Workshop: Coercion, Psychological Abuse and Manipulation in Families: How a Dysfunctional Family Functions Like a Cult (Jose Fernandez)


9:00 – 17:00

Workshop on Educating the Public and Youth (Piotr Nowakowski, Coordinator)

Educational Outreach in Practice: Challenges and Successes (Russell Bradshaw; Ashley Allen)

Critical Thinking Skills: Can we Cult-proof our Students? (Russell Bradshaw)

Not Just Cults: Main Currents of Contemporary Spirituality and their Impact on Youth (Robert T. Ptaszek)

RIES: Informing and Helping from 2005 until Now (Luis Santamaria)

Cults on Campuses in Poland (Piotr T. Nowakowski)

Cults on Campuses in Japan (Takashi Yamaguchi)



17:15 – 19:00

Workshop for Researchers (Rod Dubrow-Marshall, Facilitator)


14:00 – 17:00; 19:00 – 21:00

Workshop for Mental Health Professionals and Pastoral Counselors (Gillie Jenkinson, Moderator)

Reports from chapter authors of ICSA book, Cult Recovery: A Clinician's Guide to Working With Former Members and Their Families (14:00 – 17:00)

Clinical Roundtable (Gillie Jenkinson and Doug Duncan, Moderators) (19:00 – 21:00)


14:00 – 17:00

19:00 – 21:00

Workshop for Former Members of Cultic Groups and Relationships (Ann Stamler, Coordinator)

Preconference Orientation for Former Members (14:00 – 17:00 – Ron Burks, Vicki Burks)

Attendance restricted to former members of cultic groups and relationships,

Preconference Orientation for Second-Generation Former Members (19:00 – 21:00 – Ashley Allen, Katharina Meredith, Ann Stamler)

Attendance restricted to second-generation former members of cultic groups.


Thursday, June 29, 2017 / jeudi le 29 juin

8:30 – 18:30

Registration / Inscription


9:00 – 10:30

Welcome / Bienvenu (Steve Eichel; Daniel Picotin; Carolle Tremblay)

Plenary address / Plénière (Alain Juppé, Maire de Bordeaux / Mayor of Bordeaux)


10:30 – 11:00

Break / pause


11:00 – 12:30

Robes of Silk Feet of Clay: An Autobiographical Account of a Love Affair with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the Beatles’ Guru (Judith Bourque)

Believing It All: Control of Information (Lee Marsh)


Making Sense of Claims to Heal in a Religious Setting (Stephen Parsons)

The Roman and Christian Roots of Cultic Studies: Religio, Cultus, Sexus (Arthur Mary)


Les raisons religieuses et séculières du radicalisme islamistes  / Religious and Secular Reasons for Islamist Radicalization (Tareq Oubrou)


Ce que des victimes d'abus spirituels m'ont appris (Blandine de Dinechin)

Détresse émotionnelle chez les adolescents victimes de cyberharcèlement (Sofia Buelga; Jessica Ortega-Baron)


Why Extremist Groups Are Appealing: A Developmental Psychological Description (Russell Bradshaw)

From Fascination to Fanaticism. What Does the Cult Phenomenon Show Us? (Miguel Perlado; Eduardo Bada; Omar Saldana)


Panel - Moral Injury, Trauma and Recovery: Common Re-entry Issues and Treatment for Veterans and Survivors of High-Demand Groups (Helen Land; Vincent Starnino; Doni Whitsett)


Open Discussion: Former Members (Hakan Jarva, Facilitator) -open only to former members of cultic groups or relationships


12:30 – 14:30

Lunch Break / pause déjeuner 


14:30 – 16:00

Jehovah’s Witness’s Ban on Blood Transfusions: History, Present Situation, and Perspectives of Doctors and Former Members (Joni Valkila)

Korean Cults in Europe: Focusing on the Cases of Shincheonji and the World Mission Society Church of God (Ji-il Tark)


Panel - Canadian Extremisms in Comparative Perspective (Martin Geoffrey; Susan Palmer; Ali Dizboni)


La manipulation psychologique dans les pseudotherapies et ses conséquences pour les personnes appartenant à ces groupes (Margarita Barranco)

La jouissance sectaire du fanatisé (à la manière de Žižek) (Arthur Mary)

Les nouvelles maladies de l’âme (Regine Zimmermann)


Is There an “I” in Cult: An Auto-Ethnographic UK-Based Research Study into the Negotiation of Self and Identity Related to Second-Generation Cult Membership, Exit and Post-Exit (Kimberley Broom)

The Relevance of Olivier Roy’s Notion of “Pure Religion” to the Study of Cults (Walter Van Herck)


Supporting Parents and Relatives of People Joining Cults (Hakan Jarva; Jennie Halberg)

Treating Trauma: Research and Personal Experience (Arthur Buchman)


Panel – L’Exit Counseling  : Pratiques et expériences croisées I / Exit Counselling : Sharing practices and experiences I (Joseph Kelly; Patrick Ryan; Daniel Picotin;)


Support Group for Former Cult Members Who Were Parents in the Cult (Lorna Goldberg) 


16:00 – 16:30

Break / pause


16:30 – 18:00

We Said “I Do” in the Cult – So What do “We Do” Now? Marriage After the Cult: A Case Study Comparison (Cyndi Matthews)

Former Cult Members’ Encounter With Health Care (Cecilia Wemmert)


Panel - Radicalization and Disengagement: From the Search for Utopia to Disillusionment and Disengagement (Tony McAleer; Adrian Oertli; Robert Orell)


SO…What Does Help Former Cult Members Recover? A Report on Empirical Research (Gillie Jenkinson)

How Mental Health Professionals can use Their Experience with Former Members of High-Control Groups to Help Clients of Extremist Groups De-radicalize (Frances Peters)


Cultic Belief Formation and Maintenance by Mind Control (Markio Kimura; Kimiaki Nishida)

Dynamics and Radicalization of Cults Based on Qigong and ESP (Jianhui Li)


Strangers in our Midst: Should we Resist Them or Teach Them our Ways? (Rienie Venter)

On Miraculous Healing: Power of God or Broken Promises? (Terho Miettenen)


A Psychological Autopsy of a Malignant Narcissist in Church Leadership (Charles Zeiders)

Clergy Maleficence, Religious Fanaticism, Abuse of Power (Paula Parish-Foley)


Open Discussion: Second-Generation Former Members (Ann Stamler, Facilitator) – open only to second-generation former members of cultic groups


18:15 – 20:00

Film with Discussion: Deprogrammed / Deprogrammed : Ciné-débat


Friday, June 30, 2017 / vendredi le 30 juin

8:30 – 18:00

Registration /Inscription


9:00 – 10:30

Panel - Inside the Therapeutic Space (Ashley Allen; Doni Whitsett)


Islamist Dimensions of Cultic Control: Voices from the Field (Chelsea Brass; Leanne Smith)

Prevent and Channel in the UK – Challenges and Opportunities for the UK Government’s De-Radicalization Program (Rod Dubrow-Marshall)


Pulsion de mort dans le champ de la radicalization (Monique Lauret)

L’influence de la radicalisation doctrinale dans les positionnements des protestants conservateurs québécois face aux lois de protection à l’enfance (Adriana Pacheco)


From Co-founder to Renegade: A Case Study of Core Ex-Members in Cultic Movements in China (Tianjia Chen)

Mental Disorders Among Cult Leaders (Stephen Kent)


How a Court Recognized “Mind Control”: Persuading the Court About the Reality of Cultic Dynamics – A Japanese Experience (Takashi Yamaguchi)

Radicalization of Cultic Groups and Their Positive Future Perspectives: Observations through Legal Proceedings (Masaki Kito)


School Social Workers’ Approach Toward the Problem of Cults and Related Phenomena (Piotr T. Nowakowski)

The Radicalization of Pretend Cult-Busters (Angel Garden)


Post-Cult Spiritual Identity: Opportunities for Healing and Growth (Doug Duncan; Wendy Duncan)


10:30 – 11:00

Break / pause


11:00 – 12:30

Panel – L’ Exit counseling: Pratiques et expériences croisées  II / Exit Counselling : Sharing practices and experiences II (Joseph Kelly; Patrick Ryan; Daniel Picotin)


Preventive Strategies: Approaches to CVE in Italy (Cristina Caparesi)

Securitizing Terrorism: A Critical Appraisal of Pakistan’s Counter-Terrorism Approach (Bilal Zubair)


Le rôle de la structure dans l’organisation sectaire ou radicalisée dans la construction de l’emprise individuelle : confusion des pouvoirs et vassalisation du pouvoir temporal (Jean-Pierre Jougla)

Les organisations islamistes extrémistes en Grande-Bretagne et l’instrumentalisation de la dimension pakistanaise (Farid Harouit)


Cults and Political Terrorism: Lessons from the Seventies (Maureen May)

The Resurgence of the Far Left in the UK and Democratic Centralism: Implications and Responses (Rod Dubrow-Marshall)


What Do They Do About It? Reactions by Minority Religions to Internal Abuses (Eileen Barker)

Recovery of a Community Following the Collapse of a Cult (Nigel Denning; Linda Tilgner)


A Theory of Fervor (Yuval Laor)

Poison and Panacea: What Anarcho-Syndicalist Communities Teach Us About High-Control Phenomena (Lauren Beck)


Open Discussion: Former Members (Gillie Jenkinson, Facilitator) -open only to former members of cultic groups or relationships


12:30 – 14:30

Lunch Break / pause déjeuner 


14:30 – 16:00

Breaking the Power of Cult Symbols (Charlene Edge)

Coming Out From Inside (Cara Cobb)


Why is the Patty Hearst Story from 1974 Still Relevant for Today’s World? (Lorna Goldberg; Cathrine Moestue) – 60 minutes

Extremism and Deradicalization (Ron Burks) – 30 minutes


Qu’est-ce qu’un maître et comment la foule se laisse t’elle mener ? (Nedjima Khelifi-Otmane)

Médecine alternative et manipulation: le cas du Reiki en Roumanie (Radu Muresan)


Panel - Research on Psychological Control and Abuse I

Assessment of Coercive Persuasion: the Scale of Detection of Coercive Persuasion in Group Contexts (EDPC) (José Miguel Cuevas, Carmen Almendros, & Jesús M. Canto)

Exploring the Relationship Between Cultic Experiences and Psychological Distress: The Mediating Role of Post-Involvement Stressors (Omar Saldaña, Emma Antelo, Álvaro Rodríguez-Carballeira, & Carmen Almendros)

How to Evaluate Emotional Distress in Former Members of Abusive Groups (Emma Antelo, Omar Saldaña, Álvaro Rodríguez-Carballeira, & Carmen Almendros)


Constitutional Radicalism (Ron Avital)

Cults and The Law: A Gray Area (Anna Holmquist)


Prev@cib Program: A Program to Prevent Intimidation Through Technology in Adolescence (Jessica Ortega-Baron; Sofia Buelga)

Mind Bugs, Cults and Other Things that Good People Prefer not to Think About (Gerette Buglion)


Open Discussion: Second-Generation Former Members (Katharina Meredith, Facilitator) – open only to second-generation former members of cultic groups


16:00 – 16:30

Break / pause


16:30 – 18:00

Cult Fiction: Recent Media Portrayals of Cults (Marybeth Ayella)

The Role of the Media in the Recovery or Retraumatization of Cult Survivors: How Personal and Public Narratives Impact Survivors of Traumatic Psychological Manipulation (Christine Katas)


Similarities and Differences Between Sectarianism and Radicalism From a Clinical Point of View (Vega Gonzalez; Laura Merino; Juanjo Santamaria; Elena Montero)

How to Heal After Leaving a Cult: The Importance of Psychoeducation (and Forgiveness) in the Process of Recovery and Healing After Leaving a Cult (Daniel O’Brien)


Panel - Libérer et rendre publique la parole des victimes : freins et leviers (Aymeri Suarez-Pazos; Nelly Souron-Laporte; Félicite Sawadogo)


Panel - Research on Psychological Control and Abuse II

Assessment of Socialization and Disciplinary Practices Among People Born and/or Raised in Cultic Groups (Rubén García-Sánchez, Carmen Almendros, & José Antonio Carrobles)

Leaving Cultic Groups (Carmen Almendros, José Antonio Carrobles, Rubén García-Sánchez, Álvaro Rodríguez-Carballeira, Omar Saldaña, & Emma Antelo)

Family Emotional Climate: Assessment and Intervention (Juan F. Godoy, Carmen Almendros, & Débora Godoy-Izquierdo)


Panel - Legal and Professional Harassment of those Exposing or Confronting Cultic Groups (Jill Mytton; Gina Catena; et al.)


Children of Returnees From Daesh/Isil Territory: A Cultic Studies Perspective (Cristina Caparesi)

Prevention or Retribution? (Masoud Banisadr)


Support Session for Former Members of Radical Groups (Linda Dubrow-Marshall, Facilitator)



Reception at City Hall / Réception à l'Hôtel de ville


Saturday, July 1, 2017 / samedi le 1 juillet

8:30 – 4:00

Registration / Inscription


9:00 – 10:30

Parent to Parent: Keeping Your Teen Safe (Robin Boyle)

Prevention Before Recruitment: Where do we Begin? (Alexandra Stein)


Panel - Different Faces of Anti-Christianism: Pseudo-Christian Cults (Garnik Harutyunyan, Moderator; Almast Muradyan; Armine Vahanyan; Shushan Khachatryan)


De l'Emprise à La Liberté, dérives au sein de l'Eglise, témoignages et réflexions (Pierre Vignon)

Les sectes du bouddhisme occidental :  la souffrance et le principe de Nirvãna (Elizabeth Kaluaratchige)


A Phenomenological Inquiry of Terror in High-Demand Relationships (Jeremy Black)

Coercive Control: Many Faces, One Pattern (Chelsea Brass)


Panel - Comprendre la radicalisation pour la prévenir / Understanding Radicalization to Prevent it (CAPRI - Centre d’action et de prévention contre la radicalisation des individus ; Marik Fetouh)


Panel - "All Life is Suffering" ‒ Cultic Tendencies and Student Abuse in Buddhism (Christopher Hamacher, moderator; Stuart Lachs; Tenzin Peljor)


10:30 – 11:00

Break / pause


11:00 – 12:30

Communicating to Convert and Contain (Mark Giles)

Radicalization Awareness: An Opportunity to Criminalize Cultic Abuse (Anne Khodabandeh)


Panel - A Model for an International Member-Run Family Help Group (Donna Kerbel; Dawn Root)


Panel – Lieux d'accueil thérapeutiques et prise en charge spécialisée pour les victimes de dérives sectaires  / Specialized care for the victims of cultic abuse (Gillie Jenkinson; Lorna Goldberg; William Goldberg)


Study on Cult Members’ Characteristics of Cognitive Biases and Their Relationship with Depression (Haikun Guo; Ruiying Ma; Qingping Chen)

Study on Cult Members’ Suicide Type and its Attribution Mechanism: A Psychological Perspective (Qingping Chen; Ruiying Ma)

The Intervention Effect of Motivational Interviewing on Cult Members’ Psychological Problems (Haikun Guo; Qingping Chen; Ruiying MA)


From Deprogramming to De-radicalization: How Cultic Studies can Inform Policy Approaches to Countering Violent and Harmful Extremism in Australia (Stephen Mutch)

Government Regulation of Religious Extremist Groups: The Swinging Pendulum (Linda Demaine)


The Degrees of Spiritual Abuse and Effective Treatment Modalities for Victims Experiencing Each Degree (Dylesia Barner)

The Concept of Hell as a Mechanism of Control and Manipulation (Beverly Shellrude Thompson)


Open Discussion: Former Members (Linda DuBrow-Marshall, Facilitators) -open only to former members of cultic groups or relationships


12:30 – 14:30

Lunch Break / pause déjeuner 


14:30 – 16:00

Reasoned Action, Rational Choice: Personal Behavioral Beliefs and Positive Social Qualities in the Early Stages of Identifying With a Closed Membership Movement (Maya Horton)

Cult Mentalities Beyond the Sacred Space (Masami Kubo)


Control, Censorship, and Resourcefulness in China (Doni Whitsett)

FECRIS UN Representative Report (David Clark)


Panel - Cults: Lessons From History (Tony Jenkinson; Stephen Parsons; William Goldberg)


Challenges for Women Leaving Fundamentalism Behind (Laura Dyason)

A Social Psychological Study of the Recovery Process of Former Cult Members (Tomoya Watanabe; Nishida Kimiaki)


Panel - International Perspectives on Combating Radicalization and Violent Extremism (Rod Dubrow-Marshall [UK], Moderator


The Movement for Spiritual Integration into the Absolute (MISA): Persecution or Fact? (Luis Santamaria del Rio)

Addict, Idol and Cult Member: Reflections on the Loss of Self: A Phenomenological Examination of Destructive Cult groups (Allen Tate Wood)


Open Discussion: Second-Generation Former Members (Ashley Allen, Facilitator) – open only to second-generation former members of cultic groups


16:00 – 16:30

Break / pause


16:30 – 18:00

Closing plenary / Plénière de clôture 

To be determined / Reste à définir.


Sunday, July 2, 2017 / dimanche le 2 juillet


There will be an optional social on Sunday.  Details to be provided later. / Il y aura une rencontre sociale facultative le dimanche. Information à venir. Reste à définir.


Sunday, July 2 2017 / dimanche le 2 juillet 

Tour (Details coming – détails à venir)