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

9:00 – 9:25

Welcome (Steve Eichel)

Making the Most of This Conference? (Michael Langone)

New Mexico

9:30 – 10:30

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

New Mexico

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

Exchange

Overview of the Recovery Process (Carol Giambalvo)

Coping with Triggers (Carol Giambalvo)

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

Santa Fe

10:30 – 11:00

Break

 

11:00 – 12:30

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

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

Culture Shock and SGAs (Ashley Allen)

Santa Fe

12:30 – 2:30

Lunch Break

 

2:30 – 4:00

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

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 I (Facilitator: Michael Langone; David Clark; Joseph Kelly; Patrick Ryan)

Santa Fe

4:00 – 4:30

Break

 

4:30 – 6:00

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

Finding a Safe Haven Church or Synagogue: Advice for Former Members (Robert Pardon)

New Mexico

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

Exchange

Building Relationships and Communicating with the Cult Involved – Part II (Facilitator: Steve Eichel; David Clark; Joseph Kelly; Patrick Ryan)

Santa Fe

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

Ballen Board Room

7:30 – 9:00

Phoenix Project Live Reading Time (Diana Pletts, Moderator)

Santa Fe

Saturday, November 4, 2017

 

9:00 – 10:30

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

New Mexico

Hypnosis and Cults (Steve Eichel)

Santa Fe

Case Discussion: Families (Facilitators: Bill Goldberg; Cyndi Matthews) [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

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

New Mexico

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

Exchange

Liberation Point: A Story of Independence (Samie Brosseau)

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

Santa Fe

12:30 – 2:30

Lunch Break

 

2:30 – 4:00

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

New Mexico

A Model for an International Member-run Family Help Group (Donna Lark; Dawn Racine).

Santa Fe

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.]

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

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

Brief Update on ICSA (Michael Langone; Bill Goldberg)

New Mexico

Sunday, November 5, 2017

 

9:00 – 10:30

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)

Exchange

10:30 – 11:00

Break

 

11:00 – 12:30

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

Exchange

Open Discussion for Former Members: What Do We Do With What We Have Learned? (Facilitator: Lois Svoboda)

New Mexico