Chaired by Piotr T. Nowakowski, PhD (photo to left; bio below), ICSA's education network seeks to bring together people interested in teaching others about psychological manipulation and spiritual abuse, especially as they manifest in high-demand, cultic groups.
Many ICSA members talk to schools, civic groups, churches, synagogues, and other organizations. ICSA's Member Update, a special newsletter for members, notes such talks when members send us information. A special New York Educational Outreach Committee is focusing its efforts on reaching out to schools, faith communities, civic organizations, and others in the New York area.
Some ICSA members have organized to develop more formal and coordinated mechanisms for educating the public and youth in particular. Noteworthy in this regard is a play for young people, Salvation Road, written by Dolores Gregory.
A New York Educational Outreach Committee has been meeting to develop resources and procedures for the establishment of an ICSA speakers bureau. We hope that groups in other locales will work with this committee to adapt their resources and methods for other geographic locations.
Clergy and others interested in church and synagogue outreach have formed ICSA's Spiritual Safe Haven Network (SSHN), which plans to work closely with the New York committee since religious organizations can be so helpful in getting out ICSA's educational messages.
Since 2013, ICSA has organized a preconference educational workshop in association with the annual conference. This workshop enables members of the education network to share notes and plan together.
Piotr T. Nowakowski, born in 1974, Ph.D. Hab. in social sciences, Associate Professor at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin – Off-Campus Faculty of Law and Social Sciences in Stalowa Wola (Poland). Areas of academic activity: social prevention, social work, pedagogy of social rehabilitation, public security, pedagogy of mass media, philosophy of education; author of headings in theUniversal Encyclopedia of Philosophy (published by: Polskie Towarzystwo Tomasza z Akwinu). Books written: Sekty: co kazdy powinien wiedziec (Cults: what one should know, 1999), Sekty: oblicza werbunku (Cults: faces of recruitment, 2001), Fast food dla mózgu, czyli telewizja i okolice (Fast food for mind, i.e., television and surroundings, 2002), Modele czlowieka propagowane w wybranych czasopismach mlodziezowych: analiza antropologiczno-etyczna (Models of man propagated in selected youth magazines: the anthropological and ethical analysis, 2004). Books edited: The phenomenon of cults from a scientific perspective (2007), Sekty jako problem wspólczesnosci (Cults as a problem of contemporary reality, 2008),Higher education in Nigeria: selected aspects (2010), Wokól pigulki gwaltu (Talking about date rape drugs, 2011). Dr. Nowakowski is ICSA Today’s News Correspondent for Eastern Europe.