Recovery: Preconference Workshop

This workshop is for former members of cultic groups only.
Preconference Former Member Workshop Agenda

Time

Session

Facilitators

10:00- 11:30

Orientation: to include topics from Bordeaux orientation (history of ICSA and the conference, triggers, different possible reactions, Welcome/Assistance Teams, diversity of views, etc.)

Carol Giambalvo

Ann Stamler

Ashley Allen

 

11:30- 11:45

Break

 

11:45- 1:00

Discussion Panel Part I: Creating Understanding Between Generational Subgroups in Cults and Addressing the Question of Responsibility, Shame, and Guilt

Heidi Hough

Ashley Allen (moderators)

 

1:00- 2:30

Lunch

 

2:30- 3:15

Discussion Panel Part II: Creating Understanding Between Generational Subgroups in Cults and Addressing the Question of Responsibility, Shame, and Guilt

Heidi Hough

Ashley Allen (moderators)

 

3:15- 4:00

Shame

Lorna Goldberg

Doni Whitsett

4:00- 4:15

Break

 

4:15- 5:00

Connections/Disconnections

Elizabeth Blackwell

Nitai Joseph

5:00- 5:45

Coping with Practical Aspects of Life

Elizabeth Blackwell

Nitai Joseph

Dorca Musseb

5:45- 6:00

Discussion/Closing

 


Former Member Preconference Workshop I

This session is an opportunity for former members of cultic groups or relationships to prepare for the emotional and practical demands of the coming conference. For those who have experienced the psychological manipulation of abusive leaders or partners, making choices may be a new experience. The abundance of sessions and of participants at the conference may feel overwhelming. Former members have also been indoctrinated to feel we must “be up to” any task, and feel guilty about taking a break, seeking help, attending to our emotional, psychological or physical needs. We may also have difficulty interacting with people we regard as authorities. At this session, facilitators who are themselves former members and/or mental health professionals will discuss practical and emotional challenges former members face, including making choices, triggers, interacting with people we regard as authorities, and taking care of ourselves.

The session will include a panel discussion about the similarities and differences among generational subgroups (first, second, and multi-generational former members)

Open to all former members

Former Member Preconference Workshop II

Former members of cultic groups or relationships often have internalized the demeaning attitude of the leader or partner, and as a result struggle with feelings of not being good enough. If we left family members or partners behind in a group or relationship, how do we connect, or not connect, with them? Especially for people born or raised in cultic environments, how do we navigate the practical aspects of a life for which we have not been prepared?

This session will include continued discussion about the similarities and differences among generational subgroups, and presentations followed by discussion on each of these subjects: Shame; Connections/Disconnections; and Coping With Practical Aspects of Life. These subjects will be explored with an emphasis on our inherent strength and resiliency.

Open to all former members