Recovery Workshop for Former Group Members – JULY, 2013, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Recovery Workshop for Former Group
Friday 3:00 p.m. July 26, 2013 to Sunday 3:00 p.m. July 28,
Franciscan Retreat/Conference Center, Colorado Springs,

About ICSA Ex-Member Workshops
These workshops are for former group members only, not family or friends (ICSA has other workshops for these persons.)
Topics discussed typically include:
* The nature of psychological manipulation and abuse
* Conditions of thought reform programs
* General recovery needs of former members
* Effects of hypnosis and trance techniques
* Critical thinking
* Relationships and intimacy
* Post-traumatic stress disorder
* Boundaries: re-establishing trust
* Decision-making
* Reestablishing trust in yourself and others
* Dependency issues
* The grieving process
* Reintegration/identity issues
* Special track for those born into or raised in a cultic group
The workshops are organized and coordinated by Carol Giambalvo, a thought reform consultant, former member of a controversial group, and author/editor of Exit Counseling: A Family Intervention and The Boston Movement: Critical Perspectives on the International Churches of Christ (Herbert L. Rosedale, co-editor). Mrs. Giambalvo serves ICSA as Director of Recovery Programs, which include workshops, special publications, professional liaison, and outreach.

The Facilitators
Leona Furnari, MSW, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in Boulder, CO, specializing in recovery from trauma, including recovery from abusive groups and relationships. Ms. Furnari is a former member of an Eastern/New Age group, and it was that experience that led to her commitment to help others recover from abusive groups. She has been a regular facilitator/presenter at ICSA’s Recovery Workshops for 15 years. She has worked as a school social worker and facilitated support groups for adolescents dealing with grief, family change and peer relationships.
Carol Giambalvo is an ex-cult member who has been a Thought Reform Consultant since 1984 and a cofounder of reFOCUS, a national support network for former cult members. She is on ICSA’s Board of Directors, Director of ICSA’s Recovery Programs, and is responsible for its Project Outreach. 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 Consultants,” Ms. Giambalvo has written and lectured extensively on cult-related topics. (

Rosanne Henry, M.A., L.P.C., a member of ICSA’s Board of Directors, is a psychotherapist practicing in Littleton, Colorado. For the last 20 years she has been helping those harmed by cults through the original CAN and ICSA. Her private practice specializes in the treatment of cult survivors and their families. She is a former member of Kashi Ranch. (
Nancy Miquelon , LPC, LPCC, is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor specializing in trauma recovery in adults and children. She currently practices in Dulce, NM, and has been in practice for 19 years. Nancy is a co-founder, and serves on the board, of reFOCUS, a cult survivor support network. She is a regular facilitator at ICSA’s Recovery Workshop. Nancy was a member of the Emissaries of Divine Light.
Lisa Monroney became involved in a cult in 1984 and then stayed in that cult for 3 1/2 years. It wasn’t until 10 years later that she figured out that she had actually been in a cult. She has since received a master’s degree in Clinical Sociology and teaches Sociology classes at the college level. Ms. Monroney is also the Director of the Rocky Mountain Resource Center in Fort Collins, Colorado


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