"The Cult Phenomenon in the COVID World" 

June 29 - July 1, 2023 (Preconference workshops, June 28)

Location: Louisville, Kentucky

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conf agenda 12May2023.pdf

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Need financial assistance for registration fees, e.g., because of disability, unemployment, etc.?  The Joan Capellini Scholarship Fund may be able to help. (Sorry, we are not able to contribute to travel expenses.)

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About ICSA Annual International Conferences

ICSA's annual conference is THE event in this field. The annual conference is typically three days in length with pre-conference workshops for former group members, researchers, mental health professionals, and educators.

Most annual conferences draw 200 to 300 attendees from around the world. Attendees include: former group members, families, helping professionals, researchers, lawyers, educators, and other interested persons. 

Recent annual conferences have had more than 100 speakers with 4-6 simultaneous tracks spread over three days, as well as preconference workshops. The conference includes special tracks for former members, families, mental health professionals, and researchers.

Unlike closed, cultic groups, ICSA is firmly committed to freedom of thought, expression, and religion. Hence, ICSA's conferences are open to people from diverse backgrounds with diverse points of view. Opinions expressed are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of ICSA's directors, staff, advisers, volunteers, or supporters. Former group members dealing with recovery issues should keep these points in mind and, when available, attend a preconference former member workshop, which will help them understand the challenges of an open conference. See ICSA's essay on dialogue for an elaboration of these concepts.

Founded in 1979, ICSA's mission is to provide information, education, and help to those adversely affected by or interested in cultic and other high-control groups and relationships. More Info

Founded in Montreal (Quebec, Canada) in 1980, Info-Cult: Centre for Assistance and for the Study of Cultic Phenomena, is a nonprofit charitable organization. Financed by the Quebec government’s Ministry of Health and Social Services as well as by contributions from individual donors, the organization provides help and information about groups, their ideologies and their structures.  More Info.