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Special Event: Program for Parents of SGAs

Bill and Lorna Goldberg will facilitate a special program for parents of SGAs (those who are born and raised in cultic groups).

The program will take place on Sunday afternoon, November 16 from 2pm to 5pm in Englewood, NJ (directions to be sent to attendees).

The goal of the program will be to offer an environment in which parents can give one another mutual counsel and support. Parents will have an opportunity to focus on the complex relationships resulting from multi-generational cult involvement.

There is no cost for the program; however, participants will be expected to help ICSA help others by becoming at least a Web member of ICSA.

Please let others know about this program.

Space is limited and attendance will be first come first served.

Interested persons should contact ICSA soon at mail@icsamail.com.


Lorna Goldberg, LCSW, PsyA
, Board member and past president of ICSA, is a psychoanalyst in private practice and Dean of Faculty at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies. In 1976, she and her husband, William Goldberg, began facilitating a support group for former cult members that continues to meet on a monthly basis in New Jersey. In 1989, Lorna and Bill received the Hall of Fame Award from the authentic Cult Awareness Network and, in 1999; they received the Leo J. Ryan Award from the Leo J. Ryan Foundation. In 2009, Lorna received the Margaret T. Singer Award from ICSA. Lorna joined ICSA's Board of Directors in November 2003. Along with Rosanne Henry, she co-chaired ICSA's Mental Health Committee until her term as President of ICSA from 2008 to 2012. Lorna has published numerous articles about her therapeutic work with former cult members in professional journals, most recently: Goldberg, L. (2012). Influence of a Charismatic Antisocial Cult Leader: Psychotherapy With an Ex- Cultist Prosecuted for Criminal Behavior. International Journal of Cultic Studies, Vol. 2, 15-24. Goldberg, L. (2011). Diana, Leaving the Cult: Play Therapy in Childhood and Talk Therapy in Adolescence. International Journal of Cultic Studies, (Vol.2), 33-43. She also wrote a chapter on guidelines for therapists in the book, Recovery from Cults, edited by Michael Langone. Lorna has co-written with Bill Goldberg, a chapter on psychotherapy with targeted parents in the book, Working with Alienated Children and Families (2012), edited by Amy J.L. Baker & S.Richard Sauber.

William Goldberg, LCSW, PsyA
, is a clinical social worker and psychoanalyst with over forty years experience working with former cult members. He and his wife, Lorna, co-lead a support group for former cult members, This group has been meeting for over thirty-five years, and is the oldest group of its kind in the world. In 2007 Bill retired from the Rockland County, NY Department of Mental Health, where he directed several programs and clinics. He is presently an adjunct professor in the social work and social science departments of Dominican College and he is on the faculty of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies. Bill is a frequent speaker at ICSA conferences, and he and Lorna have been the recipients of the Authentic CAN Hall of Fame Award, and the Leo J. Ryan Award. In 2010, Bill was the recipient of ICSA's Lifetime Achievement Award.