ICSA : October 15, 2017 – New York City (Fort Lee, New Jersey)Cult Recovery: Gaining Insight into the Experience and Inner Life of Group Leaders, Members, and Concerned Families. Continuing education credits available

ICSA : October 15, 2017 – New York City (Fort Lee, New Jersey)Cult Recovery: Gaining Insight into the Experience and Inner Life of Group Leaders, Members, and Concerned Families …Continuing education credits available

The Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies (IPS) is joining the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) in sponsoring

Cult Recovery: Gaining Insight into the Experience and Inner Life of Group Leaders, Members, and Concerned Families

This conference is for intermediate level mental health professionals. It is offered in conjunction with the publishing of the ICSA book, Cult Recovery: A Clinician’s Guide to Working with Former Members and Families. The book and conference will provide mental health professionals with an understanding of the world of former cult members, cult leaders, and the cult environment. These dynamics also are applicable to those who become involved in any high-demand situation, such as gangs, terrorist organizations, and cases of Parental Alienation Syndrome. The presenters (Steve Eichel, William Goldberg, Lorna Goldberg, Shelly Rosen, and Daniel Shaw) are chapter authors who will provide participants with a road map for understanding the environment of coercive control and for learning how this population can be helped to gain insight into themselves and their experience. Participants will be offered therapeutic approaches for those who have been harmed.

Date: Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 10am to 4pm (Lunch Included)

Location: Doubletree Hotel, 2117 Route 4 Eastbound, Fort Lee, New Jersey

5.25 CE hours

The Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies and the International Cultic Studies Association are cosponsors of this program. This cosponsorship has been approved by NBCC. The Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6334. The ACEP solely is responsible for this program, including the awarding of NBCC credit.

This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards – ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #98 Course #1545 from 09/20/2017 to 09/20/2019. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 5.25

Pre-Register by August 31: $150.
Members of ICSA or IPS: $100.
IPS Candidates or Students with ID: $60
Register September 1 – October 1: $175.00.
Members of ICSA or IPS: $125.00.
IPS Candidates or Students with ID: $75.00

If you need to cancel for any reason please contact For more information on cancellation policy and grievance procedure please see the ICSA Continuing Education page.

Online Registration

Limited scholarship assistance is available to those with financial need, e.g., unemployment, disability.

Continuing Education Learning Objectives:
Participants will learn the effects of coercive persuasion on an individual.
Participants will become aware of how the restrictions of cult life can impact an individual’s sexual life.
Participants will gain knowledge of several therapeutic approaches to help former cult members and families.
Participants will be able to describe several characteristics of a traumatizing narcissist.
Conference Program

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Registration
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m Welcome (Lorna Goldberg)
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.. Helping Former Cult Members (Lorna Goldberg)
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Sex Therapy with Former Cult Members (Steve Eichel)
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Break and Buffet Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Luncheon Talk: The Relational System of the Traumatizing Narcissist (Daniel Shaw)
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Cults: A Natural Disaster – Looking at Cult Involvement Through a Trauma Lens (Shelly Rosen)
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Working With Families (Bill Goldberg)
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Questions

Certificate of Attendance will be handed out at the end of the program with full day participation and completion of evaluation.

Speaker Profiles

Steve K. D. Eichel, PhD, ABPP, ICSA President, is Past-President of the American Academy of Counseling Psychology and the Greater Philadelphia Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He is a licensed and Board-certified counseling psychologist whose involvement in cultic studies began with a participant-observation study of Unification Church training in their Eastern seminary (in Barrytown, NY) in the spring of 1975. His doctoral dissertation to date remains the only intensive, quantified observation of a deprogramming. He was honored with AFF’s 1990 John G. Clark Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Cultic Studies for this study, which was published as a special issue of the Cultic Studies Journal and has been translated into several foreign languages. In 1983, along with Dr. Linda Dubrow-Marshall and clinical social worker Roberta Eisenberg, Dr. Eichel founded the Re-Entry Therapy, Information & Referral Network (RETIRN), one of the field’s oldest continuing private providers of psychological services to families and individuals harmed by cultic practices. RETIRN currently has offices in Newark, DE, Lansdowne, PA and Pontypridd, Wales and Buxton, England (U.K.). In addition to his psychology practice and his involvement with ICSA, Dr. Eichel is active in a range of professional associations. He has co-authored several articles and book reviews on cult-related topics for the CSJ/CSR. In 2016 he received ICSA’s Herbert L. Rosedale Award at the Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas.

Lorna Goldberg, LCSW, PsyA, Board member and past president of ICSA, is a clinical social worker and psychoanalyst in private practice and Director, Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies. In 1976, she and her husband, William Goldberg, began facilitating a support group for former cult members that continues to meet on a monthly basis in their home in Englewood, New Jersey. In1989, Lorna and Bill received the Hall of Fame Award from the authentic Cult Awareness Network and, in 1999; they received the Leo J. Ryan Award from the Leo J. Ryan Foundation. In 2009, she received the Margaret T. Singer Award from ICSA. Lorna joined ICSA’s Board of Directors in November 2003. Along with Rosanne Henry, she co-chaired ICSA’s Mental Health Committee until her term as President of ICSA from 2008 to 2012. Lorna has published numerous articles about her therapeutic work with former cult members in professional journals, most recently: Goldberg, L. (2012). Influence of a Charismatic Antisocial Cult Leader: Psychotherapy With an Ex-Cultist Prosecuted for Criminal Behavior. International Journal of Cultic Studies, Vol. 2, 15-24. Goldberg, L. (2011). Diana, Leaving the Cult: Play Therapy in Childhood and Talk Therapy in Adolescence. International Journal of Cultic Studies, (Vol.2), 33-43. She also wrote a chapter on guidelines for therapists in the book, Recovery from Cults, edited by Michael Langone. Lorna has co-written with Bill Goldberg, a chapter on psychotherapy with targeted parents in the book, Working with Alienated Children and Families (2012), edited by Amy J.L. Baker & S. Richard Sauber. She is also co-editor of ICSA’s Cult Recovery: A Clinician’s Guide to Working With Former Members and Families, which is due to be published in 2017.

William Goldberg, LCSW, PsyA, is a clinical social worker and psychoanalyst with over forty years’ experience working with former cult members. He and his wife, Lorna, co-lead a support group for former cult members, which has been meeting for over forty years. It is the oldest group of its kind in the world. In 2007, Bill retired from the Rockland County, NY Department of Mental Health, where he directed several programs and clinics. He is presently an adjunct professor in the social work and social science departments of Dominican College and he is on the faculty of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies. Bill has published numerous articles in books and professional journals, and he is one of the editors of a soon to be published book, sponsored by ICSA, which will focus on clinical work with former cult members. Bill is a frequent speaker at ICSA conferences, and he and Lorna have been the recipients of the Authentic CAN Hall of Fame Award and the Leo J. Ryan Award. In 2010, Bill was the recipient of ICSA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also co-editor of ICSA’s Cult Recovery: A Clinician’s Guide to Working With Former Members and Families, which is due to be published in 2017. Website: BLGOLDBERG.COM. Email: Phone: (201) 894-8515 Englewood, New Jersey.

Shelly Rosen, LCSW, is a psychotherapist with 35 years of clinical experience. In the 1980s and early 1990s she worked at the JBFCS Cult Clinic, and she continues to see former members and their families at her private practice in Manhattan. Shelly practices psychotherapy with adults, and she offers individual and group consultation to practicing clinicians. She is trained in relational/interpersonal psychoanalytic psychotherapy, sensorimotor psychotherapy, family therapy, and internal family systems. She is a Somatic Experiencing practitioner and a Certified EMDR Consultant. Shelly teaches trauma-informed psychotherapy at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, the Training Institute for Mental Health, and the National Institute for the Psychotherapies. With the support of a Department of Labor grant, Shelly works with an interdisciplinary team designing and implementing curricula that mitigates psychological trauma reactions for EMT’s, paramedics, and their patients. This protocol will be introduced to EMS programs nationwide.

Daniel Shaw, LCSW, is the author of Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation, published by Routledge. His affiliations include: Psychoanalyst, Private Practice, New York City and Nyack, NY; Faculty and Clinical Supervisor, The National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP), New York, NY; Clinical Supervisor and Faculty, Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, NY; Adjunct Clinical Supervisory, Smith College of Social Work, MA; former co-chair, Continuing Education Committee, The International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Shaw spent thirteen years as a staff member in Siddha Yoga (SYDA Foundation. There he wore many hats, including: manager of the residential Manhattan facility, educator, spokesperson, public relations coordinator, community organizer, and writer/director of public programs. Shaw exited Siddha Yoga in 1994, published an Open Letter about Siddha Yoga on the internet in 1995, and helped create the Leaving Siddha Yoga website, one of the first internet websites for ex cult members. Shaw is the author of Traumatic Abuse in Cults: A Psychoanalytic Perspective, published in the Cultic Studies Journal, numerous psychoanalytic papers, and the editor of a special issue on the traumatizing narcissist in ICSA’s International Journal of Cultic Studies.. Mr. Shaw is available through Skype and leads the monthly New York area ICSA group with Chris Carlson. This group offers support, education and interaction for all those who have been harmed by, or want to learn about high demand groups. Website: Email: Phone: (845) 548-2561.
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