ICSA Annual Conference in New York, New York July 1 – 3, 2010

ICSA Annual Conference in New York, New York July 1 – 3, 2010

Psychological Manipulation, Cultic Groups, and Harm


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This conference, organized in collaboration with Info-Cult/Info-Secte of Montreal, is for:

* anyone interested in cults, psychological manipulation, and related groups
* former group members
* people born or raised in cultic groups
* families of group-involved persons
* helping professionals
* researchers

The conference will take place at the Doubletree Hotel at George Washington Bridge, Fort Lee, New Jersey from July 1-3, 2010. There will be a special social event (to be identified later) on Sunday, July 4th.

On Thursday, July 1, there will be four workshops, as well as sessions in the evening. The workshops (10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) are:

* Workshop for Former Members of Cultic Groups
* Workshop for Family Members
* Workshop for Mental Health Professionals
* Workshop for Researchers

More than 90 speakers from 14 countries will contribute to the conference. All catered lunches and dinners will include a speaker.

Here are examples of the 70+ presentations in the conference:

· Anger, Rage, Pseudo-Personality and Cults (Sue Parker; Gillie Jenkinson)

· “The Magical Mystery Tour is Dying to Take You Away” – The Beatles’ Experience of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Transcendental Meditation, as Reflected in Their Music (Gina Catena)

· Grandparents and the Second Generation (Amy Siskind, Ph.D.; Lois Kendall, Ph.D.)

· Recent Insights into the Neuroscience of Thought Reform: From Neurons to Groups (Tara Stewart, Ph.D.)

· Psychological Makeup of a Muslim Suicide Bomber (Aftab Khan, M.D..)

· Psychosis and Cults (Dr. Miguel Perlado)

· Impact of Cults on Creativity: Psychological, Sociological, Aesthetic/Philosophical Views (Dana Wehle, L.C.S.W.)

· The Undue Influence Doctrine: A Bastion of Legally Acknowledged Extreme Influence (Linda Demaine, J.D., Ph.D.)

· The Charles Manson Family (Patrick O’Reilly, Ph.D.)

· A Practical Approach for Law Enforcement When Dealing with Cult Groups (Mark Roggeman)

· Public Policy and Cults in Europe (Francois Bellanger, Ph.D.)

· Polish Approaches to Helping Former Cult Members and Families of Cult-Affected Loved Ones (Piotr T. Nowakowski, Ph.D.)

· Islamic Soft Power Antidote to Extremist Terrorism (Kadir Ayhan)

· Sex and a Celibate Holy Man: A Case Study of the Use of Defense Mechanisms to Create and Maintain an Illusion (Alice Herron )

· Something Old, Something New: A Comparative Analysis of 19th Century Utopian Groups With Contemporary New Religious Movements (Ronald Enroth, Ph.D.)

· Boundaries: Recognition and Repair after Leaving a Destructive Cult (Rosanne Henry, M.A., L.P.C.)

· Gnosticism, est and the Legacy of Kevin Garvey (Joseph Szimhart; Vanessa Weber, M.S.W.)

Schedule is subject to change without notice.

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