International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA), founded in 1979, provides information, education, and help to those adversely affected by or interested in cultic and other high-control groups and relationships. ICSA is unique in how it brings together former group members, families, helping professionals and researchers MORE

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Membership

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.

Become a member of ICSA (or renew your membership). Receive information and assistance.

  • Increase your knowledge of the cultic studies field through ICSA publications, events, and videos - many of which are only available to members.

  • Access the expertise of mental health professionals, researchers, clergy, and victims dedicated to helping others

  • Contribute to conferences, write articles, and participate in ICSA committees and study groups

  • Financially support the organization

ICSA's research and professional perspectives underpin its programs: publish periodicals and books | organize events | create videos | support research

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Philosophy of ICSA

Each person is unique.

Each group is different.

Groups change over time and can vary from place to place.

People respond to the same group differently.

Underlying psychological dynamics of influence and control often characterize groups that may vary in theology or philosophy.

To be useful, information must be accurate and relevant.

Information without understanding can negatively affect a relationship.

Understanding takes time and effort.

ICSA can help.

Member Activities

News on the cult-related activities of ICSA members (in no particular order). ICSA Members: Send us news (past 3 to 6 months or future events) you would like to share with the ICSA community. Tell us who, what, where, when. Write to mail@icsamail.com. Biographical sketches of many ICSA members can be found here. Views expressed on ICSA Websites or in ICSA's publications or events or other venues are those of the document's author(s) or speaker(s) and are not necessarily shared, endorsed, or recommended by ICSA or any of its directors, staff, or advisers.

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