Thank you for your interest in the work of International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA).
You can find much useful information on http://www.icsahome.com, particularly in the FAQs and “Study Guide” collections, which our “information” page links to. Also check out forthcoming conferences and workshops. Click on “Donate/Membership” to find out about the benefits of becoming a member of ICSA. “Free” will give you access to free e-books.
To get on our mailing list for future announcements and news click on “Free” at the top right on the home page and complete the brief survey.
The free e-books are:
o Coping with Cult Involvement: A Handbook for Families and Friends, Bardin, Livia
o Recovery from Abusive Groups, Wendy Ford
o Family Interventions for Cult-Affected Loved Ones, Carol Giambalvo
o Video: Cult Recovery, Paul R. Martin, Ph.D.
o Herbert Rosedale Memorial Collection (articles on social and legal implications of cults)
o Cults on Campus, Marcia Rudin
o Margaret Singers Memorial Collection (articles on psychological and treatment aspect of cults)
o A collection of significant articles
o Starting Out in Mainstream America
You may call our Information Line (see phone below) M, W, F 9-5 eastern time.
We have information on more than one thousand groups, although the quality and quantity of available information varies markedly. Manpower permitting, we can sometimes provide limited assistance in group information searches; preference is given to ICSA members, supporters, and patrons.
We stress to those concerned about a group involvement that each case is unique. We encourage inquirers to review positive and negative information concerning a particular group and to consider the psychological dynamics of affected individuals. We provide many resources to help you increase your understanding of these subjects.
We provide information on a wide variety of groups in order to meet the needs of inquirers who approach this subject from diverse perspectives. Groups on which we have information may be mainstream or nonmainstream, controversial or noncontroversial, religious or nonreligious, cult or not cult, harmful or benign.
We do NOT maintain a list of “bad” groups or “cults,” whether religious or not religious.
We strongly suggest that you familiarize yourself with the subtle and important definitional issues in this field by reading the following essays, which are available on our Web sites: “On Using the Term Cult” and “The Definitional Ambiguity of `Cult’ and ICSA’s (formerly AFF’s) Mission.” You’ll find links to these essays in our “Cults 101” study guide: http://www.icsahome.com/elibrary/studyguides/cults101
The most useful book for family members, in my opinion, is Coping with Cult Involvement: A Handbook for Families and Friends. You can order this from our online bookstore: https://icsahome.givezooks.com/events/coping-with-cult-involvement
http://www.icsahome.com contains hundreds of pages of free information on various aspects of the subject.
We have a number of collections of articles for various categories of inquirers (e.g., families, ex-group members, helping professionals) on icsahome.com – see “Support” and “study guides” under “Information.”
Our Annual Conference and workshops for ex-group members and family members are also very important sources of information and assistance – http://www.icsahome.com/events
Also see our counseling resources page: http://www.icsahome.com/networks/mentalhealth/counseling-resources
See also: STARTING OUT IN MAINSTREAM AMERICA by Livia Bardin, an online resource for people who have left cults, their families and friends, and professionals working to help them. Online at http://startingout.icsa.name.
Starting Out is a compendium of information ranging from practical needs like how to get a photo ID or a copy of a high school diploma, to cultural catch-up, like types of popular music or quotations from classic movies, to concepts like relationships with others. There are detailed sections on basics like health, education, careers, and money management, as well as consumer tips on subjects from housing to selecting a doctor or counselor. Sections on “Parenting After the Cult” and “Teenagers on Their Own,” focus on the needs of younger people who have left cults. Though oriented to those living in the U.S., Starting Out contains much that will be useful to people in all countries.
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Michael D. Langone, Ph.D.
Executive Director, ICSA (International Cultic Studies Association)
ICSA (International Cultic Studies Association)
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