ICSA Workshop: “Second-Generation Former Members” April 16, 2010 – April 18, 2010 – West Cornwall, CT

A Workshop for Second-Generation Former Members

Friday 3:00 p.m. April 16, 2010 to Sunday 2:00 p.m. April 18, 2010

Workshop Location:
Trinity Conference Center, 79 Lower River Road, West Cornwall, CT 06796 (860-672-1000)

Surviving and Moving On After a High Demand Group Experience

The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) has run workshops for former members of high-demand, “cultic” groups for many years. In recent years increasing numbers of people born or raised in such groups (i.e., “second generation adults” – SGAs) have attended these workshops. These ex-members have special needs, which can be most effectively addressed through a workshop that focuses on them. SGAs do not have a “pre-cult identity” to which they can return. SGAs raised in fringe subcultures have to learn the implicit rules and expectations of mainstream culture. SGAs frequently have educational and other skill deficits that interfere with adjustment to mainstream culture. Having grown up in high-control groups that are often based on irrational belief systems, SGAs tend to struggle with issues of dependency, self-esteem, and social conflict. Because many SGAs were physically or sexually abused, they often have to deal with anger, resentment, and other emotions related to trauma.

This workshop will address the needs of SGAs through a series of brief didactic presentations (supplemented by written handouts) followed by discussions, to which attendees may contribute according to their comfort levels. Specifically, the workshop will address:

* critical thinking

* socialization, culture shock, and acculturation

* psychological development, child abuse and neglect, parenting styles, boundaries, and trust

* long-term psychological, educational, and emotional effects of growing up in a culture of abuse and neglect

* relationships with families and others

This workshop has been made possible by special donations and the willingness of facilitators to volunteer large amounts of their time. Without the dedication of these people, registration fees would be much higher than what is listed below.

The donations cover a substantial portion of the total cost. Therefore, the fees listed below reflect a significant discount. Because many SGAs struggle economically, additional financial assistance is available for those in need. If you would like to apply for financial assistance, please contact us.

The conference center ( is located on a bend in the Housatonic River, just a half-mile from the covered bridge in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, on 500 forested acres. The Center is two hours from New York, an hour-and-a-half from Albany, three hours from Boston, and an hour from Hartford and Bradley International Airport (BDL). Contact us if you plan to fly (Hartford’s Bradley Airport would be the closest airport) and will need ground transportation to the conference center.

FEES Register Online

Fees include sleeping accommodations (Friday and Saturday) and meals (Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Sunday breakfast and lunch). Double occupancy (please tell us your roommate’s name or request that we assign a roommate): $250 per person. Single occupancy: $350 per person.


Please send us (see top for contact information) a note indicating your interest in attending (SGAs ONLY!) and your name, address, phone(s), and e-mail along with a check (made out to ICSA) or Visa or MasterCard number and expiration date. Or, use the registration form on the back.

Contact us if you would like to apply for financial assistance.


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P.O. Box 2265
Bonita Springs, FL 34133
fax: 732-352-6818
Ph: 239-514-3081

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