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 – 10:30

Welcome (Steve Eichel)

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

New Mexico

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.]

Santa Fe

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

Exchange

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

New Mexico

12:30 – 2:30

Lunch Break

 

2:30 – 4:00

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

New Mexico

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

Exchange

Building Relationships and Communicating with the Cult Involved   –   Part I (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.

Santa Fe

4:00 – 4:30

Break

 

4:30 – 6:00

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

New Mexico

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

Exchange

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.

Santa Fe

7:30 – 9:00

7:00 - 11:00

Phoenix Project Live Reading Time

Social

 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

 

9:00 – 10:30

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

New Mexico

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

Santa Fe

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

Exchange

After the Cult: Who Am I (Leona Furnari)

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

Balen Board Room

10:30 – 11:00

Break

 

11:00 – 12:30

Hypnosis and Cults (Steve Eichel) [30 minutes]

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

New Mexico

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

Exchange

Former Members' Reaction to Political Authority (Joseph Szimhart)

Can Political Activism Empower Former Members? (Dhyana Levey)

Santa Fe

Disenfranchised Grief (Rosanne Henry)

Balen Board Room

12:30 – 2:30

Lunch Break?

 

2:30 – 4:00

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

New Mexico

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)

Santa Fe

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.]

Exchange

When SGAs Become Parents: Are We Good Enough? (Rosanne Henry; Eva Meyrat)

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

Balen Board Room

4:00 – 4:30

Break

 

4:30 – 6:00

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

Exchange

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

Santa Fe

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

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

New Mexico

Boundaries (Rosanne Henry; Elizabeth Blackwell)

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

Balen Board Room

7:30 – 11:00

Social

 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

 

9:00 – 10:00

Open Discussion for Conference Attendees (Facilitators:TBD)

New Mexico

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

Exchange

10:10 – 10:30

About 2018 Annual Conference in Philadelphia

ICSA Update (Michael Langone)

Closing (Steve Eichel

New Mexico