Leaving and Recovering from Cultic Groups and Relationships: An ICSA Seminar for Families and Former Members in Orlando Florida May 17-19

The International Cultic Studies Association (I.C.S.A.) is hosting a three day seminar for anyone who is leaving or recovering from a high demand (cult) group. The seminar will take place in Orlando on May 17 to May 19, with some excellent and knowledgeable speakers.

Space is limited at the ICSA event for families and former group
members in Orlando, Florida (May 17-19, 2013).

Please register now and/or tell others who might be interested in the

Questions or more information, contact ICSA: mail@icsamail.com;


Flyer with information and fax-mail registration: http://icsahome.com/pdf/event_florida.pdf
Online registration: http://icsahome.com/infoserv_respond/event_regproducts.asp
Contact ICSA directly: mail@icsamail.com; PH: 1-239-514-3081; FAX:


Leaving and Recovering from Cultic Groups and Relationships: A Seminar
for Families and Former Members


Friday 3:00 p.m. May 17, 2013 to Sunday 3:00 p.m. May 19, 2013


Canterbury Retreat and Conference Center, 1601 Alafaya Trail, Oviedo
[Orlando], FL 32765 (407-365-5571)


This seminar brings together family members and former members so that
each group can benefit from the perspectives of the other. In order to
promote participation by attendees, the seminar will consist of brief
30 minute lectures followed by an hour of discussion on topics such
as the following:


    Overview of joining, leaving, and recovery


    – Why people leave groups


    – Recovery needs of former members


    – Trance and triggers


    – Trauma and recovery


    – Building relationships


    – Breakouts for families, former members


    – Evening films followed by discussion


    All rates are per person and INCLUDE ACCOMMODATIONS AND MEALS from


    Friday dinner through Sunday lunch.


    Double Occupancy – $300


    Single Occupancy – $350


    Current ICSA members and their immediate family may deduct $25 from




    Ron Burks, PhD, holds an MDiv. and an MA in counseling from Asbury


    Theological Seminary and a Ph. D. in Counselor Education from Ohio


    University. He worked for many years at Wellspring Retreat and


    Resource Center in Albany, OH. He and his wife Vicki wrote, Damaged


    Disciples: Casualties of Authoritarian Churches and the Shepherding


    Movement, published by Zondervan. He and Vicki now live near


    Tallahassee Florida where both are licensed mental health counselors.


    Ron now serves as president of the board of Wellspring and the


    clinical advisory board of Meadowhaven.


    Carol Giambalvo is on ICSA’s Board of Directors and is Director of


    ICSA’s Recovery Programs. She is cofounder of reFOCUS, a national


    support network for former cult members. A former cult member, she is


    author of Exit Counseling: A Family Intervention, co-editor of The


    Boston Movement: Critical Perspectives on the International Churches


    of Christ, and co-author of

Ethical Standards for Thought Reform

Susan Groulx is a former member of the Tony Alamo Ministries, an
aberrant religious group that has been around since the early days of
the Jesus Movement. She is dedicated to helping individuals who have
been adversely affected by this destructive cult and was involved in
bringing polygamist leader, Tony Alamo, to justice for his crimes
against women and children. She is pursuing a degree in Counseling
and Human Services.

Michael D. Langone, PhD, a counseling psychologist, has been consulted
by several hundred former cult members and/or their families. His
many publications include Recovery from Cults: Help for Victims of
Psychological and Spiritual Abuse and Cults: What Parents Should
Know. Dr. Langone is ICSA’s Executive Director and ICSA Today’s Editor-
in- Chief

Judy Pardon, MEd, has been a teacher and a counselor. Since 1992 she
has been Associate Director of the New England Institute of Religious
Research and Meadowhaven, where she has worked with former cult
members, including some who have experienced profound trauma. She has
also spoken widely on the subject and conducted training programs for
human service personnel.

Robert Pardon, MDiv, ThM, is the Executive Director of the New England
Institute of Religious Research and MeadowHaven. He has specialized in
Bible-based communal groups. Much of his work involves counseling,
support groups, working with those born and/or raised in groups, and
helping former members rebuild their lives. To facilitate the recovery
process MeadowHaven, a long term rehabilitation facility, was opened
in 2002. It can accommodate individuals or families who require long
term (up to a year) care to recover from trauma and cult abuse.


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