High-Demand Groups: Helping Former Members and Families, November 2-3, 2013, Santa Fe, New Mexico


The International Cultic Studies Association (I.C.S.A.) is providing a workshop to help former members and family members of high demand groups. This event may be of interest to former members and family members of the Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi who are dealing with psychological issues.

Registration and other info: http://events.icsa.name (look left for Santa Fe links).

This conference will focus on the helping needs of former group members and families concerned about a loved one in a high-demand or cultic group or relationship.

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 to give ICSA’s western supporters an opportunity to attend a conference closer to home.

Speakers include some of the cultic-studies field’s most experienced mental health professionals, as well as other experts. Among the mental health professionals attending will be contributors to a book project that will present the clinical state of the art in this field.

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:

Healing Through Writing (Sharon Farber, PhD)

Helping Families to Strategically Deal With the Cultic Situation: Case Studies and Family Therapy (William Goldberg, MSW, LCSW, PsyA)

Approaches to Exit Counseling (Carol Giambalvo)

Conflict-Resolution Models (Patricia Millar, PhD)

Recovery Workshops: The Colorado Model (Carol Giambalvo; Nancy Miquelon, LPC, LPCC)

Support Groups: Two Approaches (Lorna Goldberg, MSW, LCSW, PsyA; William Goldberg, MSW, LCSW, PsyA; Patrick Knapp, MA)

Shattered Faith Recovery (Wendy and Doug Duncan)

The Wellspring Model and Its Offshoots (Donna Adams-Weiss, PhD; Ron Burks, PhD; Greg Sammons, MDiv)

Residential Treatment Modality for Cult Trauma Survivors (Judy Pardon, MA; Robert Pardon, MDiv, MTh)

Going Undercover: The Inside View (David Sullivan)

When Enchantment Fails: A Brief History of Cult Activity in New Mexico (Joseph Szimhart)

Cult and Counterculture: Why Hippies Became Hare Krishnas (Steven Gelberg)

Child of the Cult (Nori Muster)

Victims of Psychics (Vanessa Weber)

Discussion for People With Loved Ones in Groups (Moderator, Steve K. D. Eichel, PhD, ABPP)

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 post-conference for those who wish to spend time touring Santa Fe and its environs.

Please tell others about this conference. We hope you join us!


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