Mental Health Network

The late Edward Lottick's survey of 695 Pennsylvania Psychologists found that 13.1% had had personal experience with a cultic group. Approximately half had worked with cult-affected individuals or families. In recent ICSA conferences, approximately 30% of attendees are mental health professionals and over half of those are former members of groups. These findings explain why outreach to mental health professionals is an important ICSA goal. Mental health professionals are gatekeepers to those adversely affected by cult experiences, and they often have personal cult experience themselves.

One of ICSA's long-range goals is to ensure that every metropolitan area has at least one mental health professional knowledgeable about cultic dynamics.  ICSA's mental health network is the first step toward the achievement of this goal.

Mental Health Network members contribute to:

If you are interested in becoming involved in ICSA's mental health network, please write us at