Registrants may attend in-person or online. In-person events will be streamed for online attendees; online events will be available to in-person attendees. Access instructions for online events will be sent as the conference dates draw near.
Registration includes access to available recordings of in-person and online conference sessions as they become available.
The conference is supported solely by registration fees.
Nonmembers. $295. (Increases to $345 after March 31, 2023.) Complimentary one-year web membership included with nonmember registration fee.
ICSA Member. $245. (Increases to $295 after March 31, 2023.) Discount available to member and immediate family. If you are unsure of your membership status, write firstname.lastname@example.org. (Current members have donated at least $50 [$25 for students] during the past year.)
Student. $75. (Increases to $95 after March 31, 2023.) Students will be asked to provide their student ID number and to send a scan of their student ID. Student registration includes a student web membership to ICSA.
One-Day Registration. $150. (When you go to the registration page, you can select which day you want to register for.
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 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.