Apr 4, 2020

CultNEWS101 Articles: 4/4-5/2020

Jehovah's Witnesses, Autism, Sonnenkrieg Division (SKD), Cult Recovery and Support Webinar Expanded 

"In case you're wondering how some religions are coping with the outbreak of COVID-19, just look to the Jehovah's Witnesses to see how absurd reactions can get.

In a recent video featuring Governing Body member Stephen Lett, he absolutely delights in the disease because he sees it as a signal that Armageddon is imminent."
" ... Autism comes with anxiety about social interactions. If you struggle to read facial expressions or understand sarcasm, then you take comfort in timetables and calendars, which are fixed and reliable.

Barry Prizant, a Brown University autism expert with whom I coauthored a book , likes to recount the story of a mom who couldn't figure out why her young autistic son became agitated — inconsolable, even —  around the same time every autumn. Then she realized the source of the problem: the switch from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time, when suddenly it was dark at dinnertime. From the little boy's perspective, the world had changed without anyone warning him."

Counter Extremism Project: Banned Neo-Nazi Group Sonnenkrieg Division Launches Telegram Channel
"The British neo-Nazi group the Sonnenkrieg Division (SKD) allegedly created a Telegram channel on March 25, stating that the government cannot ban an idea. Membership in the SKD was made illegal by the British government in February 2020. The channel claims that SKD has not disbanded and that the group has no connection to any other organization or network, with the exception of the Atomwaffen Division, which has claimed to have dissolved. The group allegedly stated on the channel that they will maintain a covert presence for recruiting purposes in order to invite pre-screened individuals to join. The channel also condemned groups that do public actions such as posting flyers. The channel contains SKD propaganda, a link to a group involved with the 3D printing of firearms, and encouraged individuals to wear masks while out in public, insinuating that they could commit crimes within the context of the UK COVID-19 lockdown."


In these difficult times of COVID - 19, ICSA is continuing to offer support for former cult members and resources designed to help families and friends understand and respond to the complexity of a loved one's cult involvement.

We started offering this -- two-week -- daily webinar on March 23rd, "Cult Recovery and Family Support NOT Cancelled!". The response has been strong and we have been asked to extend the series.

The webinars are steamed live over Zoom, at 12:00 PM or 8:00 PM -- all times listed are in eastern.   The sessions, with Q&A, are typically around 45 - 90 minutes. 

We wanted to highlight some sessions that are coming up! Click here to view the full schedule along with the speaker bio's! We will be adding more sessions to the schedule soon.

Expanded Series Dates

Sunday 4/5/2020
8 PM - 8:30 PM EST (Live Talk Back, with Q & A)

"Therapy and Recovery"
Rachel Bernstein
Link to join: https://zoom.us/j/493693433

Monday 4/6/2020
12 PM EST (LIVE Presentation with Q & A)

"Self Care and Resilience"
Rod and Linda Dubrow-Marshall
Link to join: https://zoom.us/j/493693433

Tuesday 04/7/2020
12 PM EST (LIVE Presentation with Q & A)
"Former LDS/Mormon response to COVID-19; ways we're coping"
Julienne Viegas and Cyndi Matthews
Link to join: https://zoom.us/j/493693433

Wednesday 04/08/2020

Thursday 4/9/2020

Friday 4/10/2020
12 PM EST (LIVE Presentation with Q & A)

"What helps former members recover? Understanding trauma theory"
Gillie Jenkinson
Link to join: https://zoom.us/j/493693433

Saturday 4/11/2020
12 PM EST (LIVE Presentation with Q & A)

"Recovery and the New Age"
Joe Szimhart
Link to join: https://zoom.us/j/493693433

Sunday 4/12/2020
12 PM EST (LIVE Presentation, with Q & A)

"Recovery and Bible Based Groups"
Ron Burks
Link to join: https://zoom.us/j/493693433

Monday 04/13/2020
12 PM EST (LIVE Presentation with Q & A)

"Spiritual abuse, the Dallas conference, and COVID - 19"
Kathryn Keller and Cyndi Matthews
Link to join: https://zoom.us/j/493693433

8pm EST (LIVE Presentation With Q & A)

"Impact of COVID-19 on Former Cult Members"
Bill and Lorna Goldberg
Link to join: https://zoom.us/j/493693433

Tuesday 4/14/2020
12 PM EST (LIVE Presentation with Q & A)

"How the current crisis may be triggering spiritual abuse survivors"
In what ways coercive control group involvement and COVID-19 are similar crises and what common clinical treatment and self-management approaches exist for survivors who are currently experiencing PTSD symptoms as a result of all that's occurring.
Dylesia Barner
Link to join: https://zoom.us/j/493693433

Wednesday 4/15/2020
12 PM EST (LIVE Presentation with Q & A)

"Power threat and meaning in the context of a global pandemic"
Rod and Linda Dubrow-Marshall
Link to join: https://zoom.us/j/493693433

Thursday 04/16/2020
12 PM EST (LIVE Presentaiton with Q & A)

"Mid crisis considerations for LGBTQ former members of cultic and fundamentalist groups, and healing after reparative therapy"
Colleen Logan and Cyndi Matthews
Link to join: https://zoom.us/j/493693433

Friday 04/17/2020
12 PM EST (LIVE Presentaiton with Q & A)                           

"Spiritual practices during uncertain times; spiritual abuse and transgender individuals"
Mark Wingfield and Cyndi Matthews
Link to join: https://zoom.us/j/493693433


Dylesia Barner, LCSW,  is a licensed clinical social worker and a second-generation adult survivor. She received a Master of Social Work from Norfolk State University in 2013 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Old Dominion University in 2011. From ages 15-18, Dylesia was a member of a cult of Christianity in Virginia. Having the perspectives of a survivor and a mental health provider, she is passionate about raising awareness about spiritual abuse and how to counsel those who are experiencing or have experienced it. Dylesia owns Existence, Consciousness, Bliss Counseling, Psychotherapy & Wellness Center in Nashville, TN and is a Doctorate of Social Work student at Millersville University.  Existence, Consciousness, Bliss Counseling, Psychotherapy & Wellness Center, 1033 Demonbreun St., Suite 300, Nashville, TN 37203. dylesia@ecb-nashville.org. www.ecb-nashville.org615-212-8955

Rachel Bernstein, MS, LMFT 
16255 Ventura Blvd., Suite 806 Encino, CA 91436 818-907-0036  rbpsychology@gmail.com RachelBernsteinTherapy.com 
IndoctriNation: A weekly podcast covering cults, manipulators, and protecting yourself from systems of control. 

Ron Burks, PhD, holds an MDiv and an MA in counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary and a PhD in Counselor Education from Ohio University. He worked for many years at Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center in Albany, Ohio. He and his wife Vicki wrote Damaged Disciples: Casualties of Authoritarian Churches and the Shepherding Movement, published by Zondervan. His other publications include a chapter on a connection between cults and addiction in the medical reference, Substance Abuse: A Comprehensive Textbook, published by Williams and Wilkins. He and Vicki now live near Tallahassee, Florida where both are licensed mental health counselors and operate an intensive outpatient substance abuse program at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Ron is a former president of the Wellspring board and is a clinical advisor to both Wellspring and Meadowhaven, a treatment center near Boston. Email: ron@ronburksphd.com Phone: 850-273-6678. Florida Phone/Electronic Consultation Possible

Linda Dubrow-Marshall, PhD, Reg. MBACP (Accred.), is Chair of the Mental Health Network for ICSA, is Research Co-editor of ICSA Today, and a member of the Research Network for ICSA.  She is a co-founder of RETIRN (please also see www.retirn.com), a private practice that provides services to individuals and families who have been affected by cultic influence and abusive relationships. Linda has developed a new MSc Psychology of Coercive Control program at the University of Salford and is leading the program with Dr. Rod Dubrow-Marshall. She is also the Programme Leader of the MSc Applied Psychology (Therapies) Program at the University of Salford. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, United Kingdom, as both a clinical and a counselling psychologist, and she is a registered counsellor/psychotherapist with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania, USA, and a registered psychologist with the National Register of Health Service Psychologists, USA. She attends as co-representative of RETIRN/UK as correspondent to the General Assembly of FECRIS (European Federation of Centres of Research and Education on Sects). Dr. Dubrow-Marshall is a Consultant in Clinical Hypnosis (advanced certification) with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and is certified by the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Institute. She is certified as a Master Addiction Counselor with the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals. Website: http://www.retirn.com/Dr._Linda.htm Email: LJDMarshall@aol.com Phone: +44 7973 310599/ United Kingdom Phone/Electronic Consultation Possible

Rod Dubrow-Marshall, PhD, MBPsS, is Professor of Psychology and Visiting Fellow, Criminal Justice Hub, University of Salford, United Kingdom. Rod is a Social Psychologist who has been researching the psychology and aetiology of undue influence and cults or extremist groups for over twenty years, and he has developed the Totalistic Identity Theory as an evidence-based theory to explain and tackle ideological extremism and ideologically driven violence. He is also an active researcher in a variety of other areas including organizational behaviour and healthiness, the social psychology of identity and prejudice, and public policy and education. A graduate member of the British Psychological Society, Rod is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Cultic Studies Association and is also Chair of the ICSA Research Committee and Network and he is co-Editor of the International Journal of Cultic Studies (since its inception in 2010). In 2006, he was awarded The Herbert L. Rosedale Award, jointly with Dr. Paul Martin, for their psychological research on undue influence. Rod co-founded the Re-Entry Therapy Information and Referral Network (RETIRN) UK in 2004 with Dr Linda Dubrow-Marshall, where he serves as a consultant in helping individuals and families who have been adversely affected by destructive or damaging cults and other extremist and high demand/manipulative groups or relationships. He operates out of offices in Pontypridd, Wales and Buxton, Derbyshire, UK (please also see www.retirn.com). Rod has also served on more than a dozen Governing Boards of Schools, Colleges and Universities over the last two decades and he is currently a governor and director of the Akaal Primary School in Derby and is also a longstanding member of the Board of the homelessness charity the Wallich (headquartered in Cardiff, Wales). In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Buxton International Festival and is Chair of the Board of the Preston Guild Link charity (in Lancashire, UK) which is fundraising for the next Preston Guild cultural festival in 2032! Rod is also an experienced senior leader and manager in higher education having served for 15 years in the roles of Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Derby, Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and as Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of South Wales and Dean of Applied Social Sciences and Humanities at Buckinghamshire New University. United Kingdom

Steve K. D. Eichel, PhD, 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. [Directors]

Lorna Goldberg, LCSW, PsyA, Board member and past president of ICSA, is a psychoanalyst in private practice and Dean of Faculty at the Institute of 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 Their Families, which is due to be published in 2017. Website: blgoldberg.com Email: Lorna@BLGoldberg.com Phone: (201) 894-8515. New Jersey (Englewood) Phone/Electronic Consultation Possible

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 Their Families, which is due to be published in 2017.  (201) 894-8515   Website: blgoldberg.com Email:bill@blgoldberg.com    New Jersey (Englewood) Phone/Electronic Consultation Possible

Ashlen Hilliard is the Assistant to the Executive Director for the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA). Before ICSA, she worked in Salt Lake City, Utah as a case manager that helped individuals leaving polygamy out west. ICSA has provided her with a greater appreciation of the spectrum of coercive control and its international dimension, her current focuses are event organization and former member outreach. She was also born and raised in the fundamentalist churches of Christ, and attended the sect's choice of higher education at Florida College, where she received her BA in Communication with a minor in Biblical Studies.
Ashlen relocated to Portland, Oregon in March of this year, where she looking forward to connecting with fellow survivors at the SAFE Meetups (Spiritual Abuse Forum for Education), and focuses on building a network of survivors and helping professionals in the Pacific Northwest. This is her second year helping to implement a local Portland conference that will provide resources for those who have experienced spiritual abuse and high-control groups.

Gillie Jenkinson, PhD, is an accredited counsellor and psychotherapist in UK and is experienced in delivering counselling face-to-face as well as on the telephone and Skype. She served two internships at Wellspring Retreat Center, Ohio, and has many years' experience working with trauma victims, including survivors of spiritual and cult abuse, and sexual abuse. She has developed an approach to counselling former members - "Time Away for Post-Cult Counselling." Gillie was a member of an abusive Bible-based cult in the 1970's. She is a regular presenter at conferences and a published author, including a co-authoring a chapter entitled "Pathological Spirituality" for a medical text book entitled Spirituality and Psychiatry, published by RCPsych Publications in UK - 2009. She is the Mental Health Editor for ICSA Today. Gillie's doctoral research dissertation is entitled: 'Freeing the authentic-self: Phases of Recovery and Growth from an Abusive Cult Experience'. Hopevalleycounselling.com.   info@hopevalleycounselling.com.  +44 1433 639032

Kathryn Keller, Ph.D.  is a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor in Dallas, TX.  She co-owns a group counseling practice, Dallas Therapy Collective, where she sees clients for individual therapy. She graduated from Texas Woman's University with her doctorate in counseling psychology. She conducted her doctoral dissertation on the topic of spiritual abuse, resulting in the first known measure of spiritual abuse. Kathryn's practice is focused on clients who have experienced traumatic stress, including spiritual and religious trauma. She works particularly well with people who have experienced high levels of control in fundamentalist and evangelical Christian traditions. In addition to therapy, she enjoys training, consulting, supervising, and running many of the behind the scenes business aspects of her group practice. 

Joseph Kelly 
1300 S. 13th Street Philadelphia, PA 19147 267-679-5493 joekelly411@gmail.com 
Intervention101.com, Cultmediation.com: These sites offer resources designed to help thoughtful families and friends understand and respond to the complexity of a loved one's cult involvement. 
Cultrecovery101.com: assists group members and their families make the sometimes difficult transition from coercion to renewed individual choice. 

Dr. Colleen Logan's career spans decades of activism, advocacy, and diversity training. She is known in particular for her expertise in providing diversity training related to the unique needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) communities.

Dr. Logan has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 1994. She has maintained a private practice for over twenty years. She holds a License as a Supervisor in Texas. She has been recognized and commended by the American Counseling Association (ACA) and The Association of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling, a division of ACA for her contributions to the field of counseling and affirmative therapy with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and their significant others. She is co-founder of the Texas Association of Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues in Counseling, a division of Texas Counseling Association. She is a Fellow and former past president of the American Counseling Association (ACA). She remains active in the organization and currently serves as a trustee on the American Counseling Association Foundation (ACAF). She is also active in the Texas Counseling Association (TCA) and serves on the Board of Directors.

Dr. Logan has authored or co-authored a number of articles and chapters as well as a book regarding how to work effectively with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender clients and their significant other. In 2016, Dr. Logan authored a document entitled Inclusion and Wellbeing of LGBTQ Youth, an award-winning document created for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America staff and volunteers. Moreover, in 2017, Dr. Logan co-authored a seminal guide to counseling the LGBTQ+ community across the lifespan.

Dr. Cyndi Matthews is an Assistant Clinical Professor from Southern Methodist University and graduated with a PhD and Masters in Counseling and Counselor Education from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Dr. Matthews previously worked at the University of Louisiana Monroe and the University of North Texas at Dallas before coming to SMU. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) with over 17 years' experience working with individuals, couples, and families. She is also a Cult Consultant who works with former cult members and their families from around the world.

Dr. Matthews' research interests include religious/spiritual abuse along with its long-term effects and counseling best practices; counseling with LGBTQ+ individuals; and counseling individuals born and raised in religious cults. Her dissertation examined the long term effects of those born and raised in religious cults. She has published in the International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, The Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, and the International Journal of Cultic Studies.

She is a member of ACA, ASERVIC, ALGBTIC, CSJ, TCA, TxCSJ, TALGBTIC, TAMFC, and ICSA and currently serves on the ICSA, ASERVIC, and ALGBTIC boards.

Dr. Matthews' private practice specializes in Depression/Anxiety/Stress, LGBTQ+ Issues/Gender Identity, Addiction, Religious Abuse & Cult Recovery, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Sexual, Emotional, & and Physical Abuse, Anger Management, Domestic Violence, Sex Therapy, Premarital Counseling, Communication Skills, Crisis Management, and Relationship Effectiveness.
Dr. Matthews is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), EMDR, Couples' Gottman (Levels I and II) and Couples' Imago therapy, Sandtray Therapy, Online Counseling, and Psychodrama.

Thank you everyone who has watched and participated in making this series happen!

Warm regards,

Ashlen Hilliard
Assistant to the Executive Director ICSA 

News, Education, Intervention, Recovery


Intervention101.com to help families and friends understand and effectively respond to the complexity of a loved one's cult involvement.

CultRecovery101.com assists group members and their families make the sometimes difficult transition from coercion to renewed individual choice.

CultNEWS101.com news, links, resources.





Cults101.org resources about cults, cultic groups, abusive relationships, movements, religions, political organizations and related topics.

Selection of articles for CultNEWS101 does not mean that Patrick Ryan or Joseph Kelly agree with the content. We provide information from many points of view in order to promote dialogue.

No comments: