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

Room

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration

 

9:00 – 9:25

Welcome (Steve Eichel)

Making the Most of This Conference (Michael Langone)

 

9:30 – 10:30

Beyond Cults: Religious Child Maltreatment in ‘Mainstream' Religious Environments (Janet Heimlich; Jaime Romo)

 

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

 

Culture Shock and SGAs (Ashley Allen)

 

10:30 – 11:00

Break

 

11:00 – 12:30

Why People Leave Cults (Facilitator Michael Langone; Discussants: David Clark; Joseph Kelly; Patrick Ryan; Joseph Szimhart)

 

Case Discussion: 1st and 2nd Generation (Facilitators: Leona Furnari; Lona Bailey) [Restricted to helping professionals and students of helping disciplines.]

 

Overview of the Recovery Process (Carol Giambalvo)

Coping with Triggers (Carol Giambalvo; Joseph Kelly)

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

 

12:30 – 2:30

Lunch Break

 

2:30 – 4:00

Panel: SGA Personal Accounts from the Alamo Group (Debby Schriver, Moderator; TBD)

 

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: TBD; Joseph Kelly; Patrick Ryan) – 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

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

 

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; Joseph Kelly; Patrick Ryan) - Former group members are invited to participate in this discussion.  Their perspectives may help families with involved loved ones.

 

Former Member Discussion (Facilitators: TBD)

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

 

7:30 – 9:00

Phoenix Project Live Reading Time (Diana Pletts, Moderator)

 

7:00 – 11:00

Social

 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

 

9:00 – 10:30

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

 

Hypnosis and Cults (Steve Eichel)

 

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

 

After the Cult: Who Am I (Leona Furnari) [Restricted to former members of abusive groups and relationships.]

 

10:30 – 11:00

Break

 

11:00 – 12:30

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

Finding a Safe Haven Church or Synagogue: Advice for Former Members (Neil Damgaard)

 

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

 

Former Members' Reaction to Political Authority (Joseph Szimhart)

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

 

Boundaries (Rosanne Henry; Elizabeth Blackwell)  [Restricted to former members of abusive groups and relationships.]

 

12:30 – 2:30

Lunch Break?

 

2:30 – 4:00

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

 

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

 

When SGAs Become Parents: Are We Good Enough? (Rosanne Henry; Eva Meyrat)  [Restricted to those born or raised in abusive groups.]

 

4:00 – 4:30

Break

 

4:30 – 6:00

Cult Recovery: What ICSA’s Landmark Book Can Teach Professionals, Families, and Former Members (Lorna Goldberg)

Brief Update on ICSA (Michael Langone; Bill Goldberg)

 

7:30 – 11:00

Social

 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

 

9:00 – 10:30

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

 

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)

 

10:30 – 11:00

Break

 

11:00 – 12:30

Spiritual Abuse: What Families and Mental Health Professionals Need to Know (David Clark)

 

Open Discussion for Former Members: What Do We Do With What We Have Learned? (Moderator, TBD)