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Some recordings on this page are available to the public on ICSA's YouTube channel. Most are only available to members through links on this page.

Sample Videos

Coercive Control & Cults: An Overview. Steve Eichel

Former Jehovah’s Witness Recovery Series

The objectives for this series are to help former members identify psychological challenges that may arise when they leave the faith, provide relevant background information for therapists working with former Jehovah’s Witnesses, and provide information that will help former Jehovah’s Witnesses in therapy better understand the issues with which they are dealing.

Interview of Michael Shemwell

Working with Former Cult Members. Goldbergs. Santa Fe Edited.mp4

Working with Former Cult Members. Lorna Goldberg; William Goldberg (Santa Fe, 2019)

Cult Stories

In Cult Stories former members of cultic groups or relationships are interviewed by ICSA to explore how they became involved in a group, what their life was like in the group, why they left, and how they dealt with departure.

Edge and Chase.mp4

ICSA History Series

  • NEW! 40 Years of ICSA (Michael Langone) Presented by Lorna Goldberg. Presentation by Lorna Goldberg at the International Cultic Studies Association annual conference in Manchester, UK in 2019. International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) was founded as American Family Foundation (name changed in 2004) in 1979. Hence, 2019 is ICSA’s 40th anniversary. This talk will review high points in ICSA’s history, changes in ICSA’s constituencies, problems the organization has confronted, and prospects for its future.

  • Interview of Kay Barney. Robert E. Schecter interviewed Mr. Kay Barney, on November 10, 2018 as part of a series of interviews designed to illuminate ICSA’s history. Mr. Barney founded the American Family Foundation (AFF), which in 2004 changed its name to the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA). Mr. Barney discusses the personal situation that first got him interested in cults, the events that led to the formation of ICSA (then AFF), early challenges, and current prospets.

  • Interview of Michael Langone. Robert E. Schecter interviewed Michael Langone, on April 7, 2018 as part of a series of interviews designed to illuminate ICSA’s history. Dr. Langone, long-time executive director of ICSA, discusses his work in the early 1980's with Dr. John Clark and the American Family Foundation (ICSA's original name), the changes he has observed in the organization and the cultic studies field, and his views on ICSA and its future.

  • Interview of Michael Kropveld. Robert E. Schecter interviewed Michael Kropveld on April 7, 2018 as part of a series of interviews designed to illuminate ICSA’s history. Mr. Kropveld discusses how he first got interested in this field, the founding of the organization he now heads (Info-Cult/Info-Secte), changes he has observed in the field over the years, and his views on ICSA and its future.

  • Interview of Marcia Rudin. Robert E. Schecter interviewed Marcia Rudin on July 5, 2018 as part of a series of interviews designed to illuminate ICSA’s history. Ms. Rudin discusses her early work in this field, including the publication of one of the first books on the subject. She also discusses her work as director of ICSA’s International Cult Education Program and her views on ICSA and its future.

  • Interview of Steve Eichel. Robert E. Schecter interviewed Steve K. D. Eichel on July 7, 2018 as part of a series of interviews designed to illuminate ICSA’s history. Dr. Eichel, who has served as ICSA’s president, discusses his early work in this field, including co-founding the counseling organization RETIRN. He also discusses changes he has observed in the field and his views on ICSA and its future.​

  • Interview of Alan Scheflin. Robert E. Schecter interviewed Alan W. Scheflin on July 6, 2018 as part of a series of interviews designed to illuminate ICSA’s history. In the interview, Professor Scheflin, a former president of ICSA, discusses how he became interested in cults, his research and writings, and his views on ICSA and its future.​

  • Interview of Eileen Barker. Robert E. Schecter interviewed Professor Barker on July 7, 2018 as part of a series of interviews designed to illuminate ICSA’s history. Dr. Barker describes her early work in this area, including the founding of the British organization, INFORM, and how the pro-anti-cult polarization diminished as a result of ongoing dialogue that began in the late 1990s. She also discusses her views of ICSA and its future.

  • Interview of Wendy Ford Wolfberg. Robert E. Schecter interviewed Wendy Ford Wolfberg on May 3, 2018 as part of a series of interviews designed to illuminate ICSA’s history. Ms. Ford Wolfberg, who wrote Recovery From Abusive Groups, discusses her cult experience, deprogramming, and recovery. She also discusses changes she has observed in the field and her views on ICSA and its future.

  • Interview of Rod Dubrow-Marshall. Robert E. Schecter interviewed Rod Dubrow-Marshall on July 5, 2018 as part of a series of interviews designed to illuminate ICSA's history. Dr. Dubrow-Marshall describes his initial contact with ICSA, early work in this area, development of totalistic identity theory, and his views on ICSA and its future.

  • Interview of Linda Dubrow-Marshall. Robert E. Schecter interviewed Linda Dubrow-Marshall on July 5, 2018 as part of a series of interviews designed to illuminate ICSA's history. Dr. Dubrow-Marshall describes her early work in this area, including the founding of the counseling organization, RETIRN, and her views of ICSA and its future.

  • Interview of David Clark, Joseph Kelly, and Patrick Ryan. Robert E. Schecter interviewed tree exit counselors, David Clark, Joseph Kelly, and Patrick Ryan, on October 27, 2018 as part of a series of interviews designed to illuminate ICSA's history. The three men discuss the changes they have seen over the many years of their involvement in the field.

  • Interview of Marsha Addis. Robert E. Schecter, PhD, interviewed Marsha Addis on March 11, 2018 as part of a series of interviews designed to illuminate ICSA’s history. Ms. Addis discusses her early work in this field with Dr. Jolly West, including her work with the Los Angeles Jewish Family Service's Cult Clinic and her history with ICSA.

  • Interview of Carol Giambalvo. Robert E. Schecter, PhD, interviewed Carol Giambalvo on July 5, 2018 as part of a series of interviews designed to illuminate ICSA’s history. Ms. Giambalvo discusses her personal cultic experience, how she became involved in the field, the work she did for ICSA, and her views on ICSA and its future.

ICSA History Collection. Interview of Michael Langone, Executive Director of ICSA since 1980.

ICSA History Collection. Interview of Kay H. Barney, who founded ICSA in 1979 (then called American Family Foundation)

ICSA History Collection: Interview of Mike Kropveld

ICSA History Collection: Interview of Alan Scheflin