Announcement from the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA), a respected organization dealing with high-demand groups:
“ICSA will conduct a conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico November 6-8, 2015. This conference will focus on the needs of former group members and families and will include a training track for mental health professionals. Conference sessions will emphasize discussion so participants can address issues pertinent to their individual concerns.
The conference will take place at La Fonda on the Plaza, one of Santa Fe’s finest hotels, located in the heart of the old city.
Santa Fe has been chosen in order to give ICSA’s western supporters an opportunity to attend a conference closer to home. It is also a lovely setting for those who come from other parts of the USA, Canada, and the world.
Speakers include some of the cultic studies field’s most experienced mental health professionals, as well as former members and family members who will share their experiences.
Attend this conference if you are interested in how psychologically manipulative and demanding groups can hurt people and what can be done to help those who are harmed. The agenda will address the needs of those seeking help and those who want to help others. Among the topics to be explored are
· What helps people leave cultic groups and relationships?
· Dealing with cult-related trauma
· Traumatizing narcissism and the psychology of cult leaders
· Coping with triggers
· Building relationships and communicating with the cult involved
· After the cult: who am I
· Support groups
· Cults and the suppression of free speech
· Exit counseling and conflict resolution
· Spiritual issues in recovery
· Cults and children
· Case discussions for mental health professionals
· Cultic dynamics in sex trafficking
Because Santa Fe is a “daytime” city, we have scheduled 2-hour lunch breaks so that attendees can enjoy walking around old Santa Fe, where there are numerous art galleries, museums, and quaint shops, as well as stunning Southwest architecture. The hotel will permit the special conference rate 3 days pre- and postconference for those who wish to spend time touring Santa Fe and its environs. Call La Fonda’s Reservations Department at 1-800-523-5002.
Please tell others about this conference. We hope you join us!”
Online Information: www.icsahome.com
“Conference for Former Members of Groups”