Get involved with ICSA!
The most basic way in which to help others is to financially support ICSA so that ICSA volunteers can continue their work helping, educating, and researching.
Over the years many hundreds of persons have contributed by speaking at our conferences and other events and/or by writing for our journals, magazines, and newsletters. There are far too many persons to list. Visit our conference archive folder to see abstracts and biographical sketches of presenters. And peruse our list of articles published in ICSA periodicals to get a sense of the number of people who have contributed through writing. The peer reviewed articles in this list have depended upon volunteer editorial review boards who evaluate article submissions, e.g., the International Journal of Cultic Studies editorial board. Others have made artistic contributions.
If any of the involvement actions below interest you, contact ICSA.
ICSA’s Research Committee runs a preconference workshop for researchers prior to ICSA’s annual conference. Members of the broader research network also communicate informally about research studies and plans. Students, in particular, can get advice and guidance.
ICSA also can sometimes help researchers obtain subjects for their studies.
Researchers may present their findings at ICSA conferences and submit articles to its academic journal, International Journal of Cultic Studies or its magazine, ICSA Today.
Opportunities to Meet and Work with Others
ICSA Members have a number of methods by which they can network with others who share their interest in cultic groups:
Opportunities to Present
ICSA has two periodical to which members (and nonmembers) may make submissions:
ICSA Today (IT) - a magazine that has much flexibility with regard to types of submissions. In addition to articles on a variety of subjects and styles (popular, professional, column), ICSA Today publishes poetry and art. See author guidelines in the sample for details. Access Sample
International Journal of Cultic Studies (IJCS) is an academic journal open to submissions that adhere to academic standards. Submissions are peer reviewed. You should review samples of the two periodicals to get a better idea of what we publish. If you have questions, contact ICSA. Access Sample
Opportunities to Train
Currently, ICSA's training opportunities are found at our annual conferences and workshops.
When one gets to know specific ICSA members, one may also arrange individualized training (e.g., mental health supervision) outside of ICSA.
ICSA's Research and Mental Health Networks also try to provide educational advice to current or prospective graduate students.
In the future, ICSA hopes to develop online training modules.
Opportunity to Contribute Art, Literary, Music
ICSA invites former members of high-demand groups to share their personal stories and reflections - whether in narrative, poetic, or visual forms - at conferences, on the Web, and in our magazine, ICSA Today.
ICSA has found that artistic expressions related to the feelings of former cultic group members can sometimes capture or reveal subtleties that elude analytic writing.
Artistic creations, with their added emotional dimension, shed light on the reality of life in a high-demand organization and its effects on individuals. Creating art work also provides an empowering experience to the artists, giving them the chance to tell their own stories in their own ways.
Currently, ICSA offers three outlets for artistic contributions:
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