Agenda


DRAFT - SUBJECT TO CHANGE

This conference is designed to be a practical learning experience for former group members, families, and mental health professionals.  Most of the sessions are focused on discussion.  The "pre-conference readings" link to the left will direct you to material that may help you take full advantage of the discussions, as well as the informal conversations that occur during breaks and in the evening.

High-Control Groups: Information for Former Group Members, Families, and Mental Health Professionals

Santa Fe, New Mexico
November 3-5, 2017

Friday, November 3, 2017

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration

9:00 – 10:30

Welcome (Steve Eichel)

What ICSA’s Landmark Recovery Book Can Teach Us (Lorna Goldberg)

10:30 – 11:00

Break

11:00 – 12:30

Overview of the Recovery Process (Carol Giambalvo)

Coping with Triggers (Carol Giambalvo; Joseph Kelly)

[Restricted to former members of abusive groups and relationships.]

Case Discussion: 1st and 2nd Generation (Facilitators: TBD) [Restricted to helping professionals and students of helping disciplines.]

Why People Leave Cults (Facilitator Michael Langone; Discussants: TBD)

12:30 – 2:30

Lunch Break

2:30 – 4:00

Former Members' Reaction to Political Authority (Joseph Szimhart)

Can Political Activism Empower Former Members (Dhyana Levey; Kourtney Parry)

The Colorado Model – Part I (Carol Giambalvo; Leona Furnari; Rosanne Henry; Nancy Miquelon) [Restricted to helping professionals and students of helping disciplines.]

Building Relationships and Communicating with the Cult Involved   –   Part I (Facilitator: Steve Eichel; Discussants – TBD) – Former group members are invited to participate in this discussion.  Their perspectives may help families with involved loved ones.

4:00 – 4:30

Break

4:30 – 6:00

Writing Our Trauma: An SGA's Perspective (Vennie Kocsis)

The Colorado Model -  Part II (Carol Giambalvo; Leona Furnari; Rosanne Henry; Nancy Miquelon) [Restricted to helping professionals and students of helping disciplines.]

Building Relationships and Communicating with the Cult Involved – Part II (Facilitator: Steve Eichel; Discussants – TBD) - Former group members are invited to participate in this discussion.  Their perspectives may help families with involved loved ones.

7:00 – 11:00

Social

Saturday, November 4, 2017

9:00 – 10:30

After the Cult: Who Am I (Leona Furnari)

[Restricted to former members of abusive groups and relationships.]

Varieties of Post-Cult Spirituality I (Ashley Allen, Moderator; Wendy Duncan; Steven Gelberg; Pat Knapp; Madeleine Tobias; Viviana Vega)

Case Discussion: Families (Facilitators: TBD) [Restricted to helping professionals and students of helping disciplines.]

Transitioning to a Better Life After Mormonism (Mark Giles; Luna Lindsey Flesher; Cyndi Matthews)

10:30 – 11:00

Break

11:00 – 12:30

Varieties of Post-Cult Spirituality II (Ashley Allen, Moderator; Wendy Duncan; Steven Gelberg; Pat Knapp; Madeleine Tobias; Viviana Vega)

Dealing with Cult-Related Trauma: Case Discussions (Facilitators: TBD;) [Restricted to helping professionals and students of helping disciplines.]

Disenfranchised Grief (Rosanne Henry)

Hypnosis and Cults (Steve Eichel) [30 minutes]

Culture Shock and SGAs (Ashley Allen) [60 minutes]

12:30 – 2:30

Lunch Break?

2:30 – 4:00

Discussion Group for SGAs (Facilitators: TBD)

[Restricted to those born or raised in abusive groups.]

Boundaries (Rosanne Henry; Elizabeth Blackwell)

[Restricted to former members of abusive groups and relationships.]

Must Cultic Belief Systems be Deconstructed to Recover Fully? (Steve Eichel, Moderator; Hana Whitfield, Jerry Whitfield, Judy Pardon; Bob Pardon) [Restricted to helping professionals and students of helping disciplines.]

Panel: SGA Personal Accounts from the Alamo Group (Debbie Shriver, Moderator; TBD)

4:00 – 4:30

Break

4:30 – 6:00

Good Enough SGA parents (Rosanne Henry; Eva Meyrat)

[Restricted to those born or raised in abusive groups.]

How to Overcome Cult Superstitions and Negative Thought Forms  (Nori Muster)

A Theory of Fervor: Understanding What Happened to You in the Cult (Yuval Laor)

Post-Cult Sexuality: Clinical Issues (Steve Eichel) [Restricted to helping professionals and students of helping disciplines.]

Families, Conflict Resolution, and Exit Strategies (Joseph Kelly; Patrick Ryan)

7:30 – 11:00

Social

Sunday, November 5, 2017

9:00 – 10:00

Open Discussion for Conference Attendees (Facilitators:TBD)

Spiritual Abuse: What Families Need to Know (David Clark)

Beyond Cults: Religious Child Maltreatment in ‘Maintream' Religious Environments (Janet Heimlich; Nathan Mollohan)

10:10 – 10:30

About 2018 Annual Conference in Philadelphia

ICSA Update (William Goldberg)

Closing (Steve Eichel