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ICSA local meetings and special events are designed to give people an opportunity to meet experts in the cultic studies field and others who are interested in this field or are seeking information and/or assistance.


When: The meeting has been temporarily suspended.

Where: The group is currently searching for a new meeting site.  Meetings will begin again when a site is found.

Description: ICSA has been running a monthly meeting in Philadelphia since November 2009. This meeting is for: 
  • Families, ex-members, and others needing support 
  • People who share ICSA's interests and want to learn more 
  • People who want to work with others to educate the public about cult issues or help victims.  
ICSA local meetings are run by experts in the field. They address the different needs of our members and visitors through a structured but flexible format, which includes the following: 
  • Brief update on recent news 
  • Brief presentation or DVD on a topic of interest 
  • Discussion about this topic 
  • Breakouts for special purposes, e.g, discuss educational outreach
About the Facilitators

Roberta Cobrin Eisenberg, M.S.W., BCD
is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice and a cofounder (1983) and clinical associate of RETIRN. With a broad range of professional experience, she has served at community mental health centers, medical centers, and the Jewish Family & Children Service. She is a Board Certified Diplomate (BCD) of the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work. Ms. Eisenberg has served as Unit Director of the Geriatric Partial Hospitalization Program for the Albert Einstein Medical Center, and completed child psychoanalytic psychotherapy training, as well as Gestalt therapy training. She is a Fellow and founding member (1972) of the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work. She provides individual and family counseling and offers positive solutions for such care problems as: depression, anxiety, loneliness, grieving losses, acceptance of limitations, long-term illness decisions regarding living arrangements, and stress-related and family support for caregivers requiring assistance in resolving conflicts. Ms. Eisenberg works with adolescents and adults, specializing in care for the older adult, the disabled, and those with chronic illness (mental and physical.).
 
Steve K. D. Eichel, PhD, ABPP
, ICSA President, is Past-President of the American Academy of Counseling Psychology and the Greater Philadelphia Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He is a licensed and Board-certified counseling psychologist whose involvement in cultic studies began with a participant-observation study of Unification Church training in their eastern seminary (in Barrytown, NY) in the spring of 1975. His doctoral dissertation to date remains the only intensive, quantified observation of a deprogramming. He was honored with AFF's 1990 John G. Clark Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Cultic Studies for this study, which was published as a special issue of the Cultic Studies Journal and has been translated into several foreign languages. In 1983, along with Dr. Linda Dubrow-Marshall and clinical social worker Roberta Eisenberg, Dr. Eichel founded the Re-Entry Therapy, Information & Referral Network (RETIRN), one of the field's oldest continuing private providers of psychological services to families and individuals harmed by cultic practices. RETIRN currently has offices in Newark, DE, Lansdowne, PA and Preston, England (U.K.). In addition to his psychology practice and his involvement with ICSA, Dr. Eichel is active in a range of professional associations. He has co-authored several articles and book reviews on cult-related topics for ICSA periodicals.

Joseph F. Kelly,  a graduate of Temple University, has been a thought reform consultant since 1988. He spent 14 years in two different eastern meditation groups. He has lectured extensively on cult-related topics, and is a co-author of Ethical Standards for Thought Reform Consultants, published in ICSA’s Cultic Studies Journal.  For many years, Mr. Kelly has also co-facilitated ICSA pre-conference workshops for ex-members. Recently, he helped to initiate ICSA’s monthly meeting in Philadelphia. joekelly411@gmail.com. Websites:   intervention101.com;  cultmediation.comcultrecovery101.com.

Patrick Ryan is a graduate of Maharishi International University. He has been a cult intervention specialist (exit counseling, mediation, religious conflict resolution, thought reform consulting) since 1984. Mr. Ryan is the co-founder of TM-EX, the organization of ex-members of Transcendental Meditation.  He established ICSA's online resource (1995-2013), and has presented more than 50 programs about hypnosis, inner-experience, trance-induction techniques, communicating with cult members, conversion, cult intervention, exit counseling, intervention assessment, mediation, religious conflict resolution, thought reform consultation, eastern groups, transcendental meditation and workshops for educators, families, former members and mental health professionals at ICSA workshops/conferences. Mr. Ryan received the AFF Achievement Award (1997) from AFF, the Leo J. Ryan "Distinguished Service Award" (1999) from the Leo J. Ryan Foundation, and a Lifetime Achievement Award (2011) from ICSA. pryan19147@gmail.com. Websites: intervention101.com;  cultmediation.comcultrecovery101.com.