Aug 25, 2020

Online Conference

Register by August 31st and SAVE:

  • After August 31st. $195.

Hi friends,

CIFS Australia, Cult Mediation/Intervention101, ICSA, IndoctriNation, MSc Psychology of Coercive Control program at the University of Salford, RETIRN are offering a new Online Event:
  • for those leaving high control groups, abusive churches, those who have experienced spiritual abuse, extremist groups, and cults,
  • to help families and friends understand and effectively respond to the complexity of a loved one's cult involvement.
This online event will offer an opportunity for organizations to share their collective knowledge and experience — across many continents. The conference includes fourteen plus, fifty-minute sessions and a three-hour Former Member Workshop.  


Why People Join, Stay and Leave Groups, A Cult Model
Patrick Ryan

Building Bridges: Improving Communication Across Worldviews, How to Stay Connected with A Cult Involved Loved One
Joseph Kelly

Cults and Death: A new look at Ernest Becker's Denial of Death
Joseph Szimhart

Unique Ways to Help your Loved One in a Cult or Manipulative Relationship
Rachel Bernstein LMFT, MSEd

The Neurobiology of 'Awe' in Cult Recruitment
Yuval Laor, PhD

The Spectrum of Coercive Control in Cults, Extremist Groups and Abusive Relationships
Linda Dubrow-Marshall, PhD, MBACP (Accred.), Rod Dubrow-Marshall, PhD, MBPsS

Cult Recovery: Gaining Trust After Cult Exploitation
Lorna Goldberg, L.C.S.W., Psy.A.

Cult Recovery: What helps former members recover?
Gillie Jenkinson, PhD

Can cults be leaderless? How a high-control environment can occur in the absence of a de facto leader.
Ashlen Hilliard

Recovering from Sexual Abuse in Cults, what we can learn from Neurobiology
Doni Whitsett, PhD, LCSW

From Surviving to Thriving After Leaving - Steps to Take on the Road to Recovery
Rachel Bernstein LMFT, MSEd

CIFS Australia (Cult Information and Family Support)
Ros Hodgkins

The Restoration of Individual Ideological Power: Making Sense of the Cultic Abuse Experience
Nitai Joseph, MSc

That's not me”: An Exploration of Multi-Generation Adult leavers
Jill Aebi-Mytton, BSc, MSc, CPsychol, AFBPsS DPsych

Former Member Workshop
Co-presenters: Rachel Bernstein LMFT, MSEd, Ashlen Hilliard, Doni Whitsett, PhD, LCSW, Nitai Joseph, MSc


Pacific Rim/Europe:
September 12/13, 2020, Saturday/Sunday
  • Sydney (9 am - 3 pm)
  • Beijing (7 am - 1 pm)
  • Hong Kong (7 am - 1 pm)
  • New Zealand (11 am - 5 pm)
  • Singapore (7 am - 1 pm)
  • Tokyo (8 am - 2 pm)
  • UK (1 am - 6 am)
North America:
September 11/12, 2020, Friday/Saturday
  • East Coast (7 pm - 1 am)
  • Central Time (6 pm - midnight)
  • Mountain Time (5 pm - 11 pm)
  • West Coast (4 pm - 10 pm)
  • Hawaii (1 pm - 7 pm)
Talks will be available for 30-days for attendees.

Register by August 31st and SAVE:

After August 31st. $195.

Sponsoring and Supporting Organizations
  • CIFS Australia (Cult Information and Family Support)
  • Cult Mediation/Intervention101
  • ICSA (International Cultic Studies Association)
  • IndoctriNation (Rachel Bernstein, LMFT)
  • MSc Psychology of Coercive Control program at the University of Salford (Supporting Organization)
  • RETIRN (Re-Entry Therapy Information and Referral Network - UK)
  • Whitsett, Doni P. PhD (Clinical Professor of Social Work, University of Southern California)
All are welcome! 

Pat Ryan for the Conference Organizers.

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