Jun 28, 2022

Joseph Kelly, recipient of the International Cultic Studies Association 2022"Lifetime Achievement Award"

Congratulations Joseph Kelly, recipient of the 
International Cultic Studies Association 2022
"Lifetime Achievement Award"

The Lifetime Achievement Award: "honors individuals who have, to an exceptional degree, embodied in their work ICSA’s values of openness, courtesy, and dialogue, and who have made academic and/or other exceptional contributions to the field of cultic studies."

About Joseph Kelly:

Joseph F. Kelly, a graduate of Temple University (focus in religion), has been a cult intervention specialist (thought reform consultant/exit counselor,mediator) since 1989.  He spent 14 years in two different eastern meditation groups (TM, International Society of Divine Love). He is a co-author of “Ethical Standards for Thought Reform Consultants,” published in ICSA’s Cultic Studies Journal, and contributed a chapter to Captive Hearts, Captive Minds. He was (2010-2014) the News Desk Editor of ICSA Today. 
Mr. Kelly has also facilitated ICSA workshops for ex-members and families (1996-2018) and has lectured extensively on cult-related topics:
Some of the topics include:

Inner Experience and Conversion,

After the Cult "Coping with Trance States; Hypnosis and Trance",

Coping with Triggers,

Mental-Health Issues in Cult-Related Interventions,

Leaving and Recovering from Cultic Groups and Relationships,

Communicating with Cult Members 

Restoring Family Connections,

Helping Families Address a Loved One’s Group Involvement,

Among the issues discussed are:

The ethics of an intervention,

Assessing a family situation 

Determining whether an intervention is appropriate,

Family preparation,

The phases and dynamics of an intervention,

Alternatives to interventions
Issues confronted after an intervention,

Workshop for Loved Ones: "How to Help a Loved One Affected by a Cult",

What Can Families Do?, Family members concerned about a loved one‘s cult involvement or its aftereffects need to learn how to assess their situations more effectively and how to evaluate strategic options.

A Mediation Approach to Exit Counseling,

From Deprogramming to Thought Reform Consultation,

Can Cultic Groups Change? The Case of ISKCON 
Evolution and Variation Within a Movement: The Case of ISKCON ,

Jehovah’s Witnesses, Former Members and Families 

"Cultic Group Intervention: Exploring internal experiences in Yoga, Qigong and Transcendental Meditation",

Inside Out — One Group, One Fugitive Swami: Three Different Experiences,

Lectures/workshops - Universities, Countries:

1999, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

2004, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta (Canada)

2005, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Madrid, (Spain)

2007, University Club, Brussels, (Belgium) 

2008, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 

2009, Geneva, Switzerland 

2010, Istituto Madonna del Carmine “Il Carmelo”, Via Doganale 1 Ciampino, Roma, (Italy) 

2011, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, (Spain)

2012, Montreal, Canada

2013, London School of Economics 

2014 University of Southern California 

2015, Stockholm, Sweden

2015, Beijing Union University, Beijing, China

2017, Bordeaux France

2018, Rotterdam, Netherlands, RAN EXIT Academy – “Exit Work With Families and Current Members, Exit ‘Lessons from adjacent fields Cults

2018, Philadelphia, PA – “Building Bridges: Leaving and Recovering from Cultic Groups and Relationships: A Workshop for Families”​, “Family Workshop: Understanding Group Involvement Through the Lens of Culture”, “Cult Exit Counseling: Implications for Families and Professionals”, “Panel: So We Thought We Could Fly”

2018, Philadelphia, PA – Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control – Lessons From Across Diverse Areas of Practice, “Cult Exit Counseling: Implications for Families and Professionals”

2018, Hartford, CT – 2018, Hartford, CT – “What Can You Do When a Loved One is Involved in an Abusive Situation?”, “ICSA History Collection Interview of Clark, Kelly, Ryan”

2019, Santa Fe, NM – “Cultic Dynamics and Psychics”, “Building Relationships and Communicating with the Cult Involved”, “Coping With Triggers”, “How to Understand a Person’s Involvement in a Cultic Group or Relationship”, 
2019, New York , NY – “Building Bridges; Leaving and Recovering From Cultic Groups and Relationships”

2019, Manchester, UK – “Building Bridges; Leaving and Recovering from Cultic Groups and Relationships: A Workshop for Families”, “TM’s Shadow Side Out – One Group, One Guru: Five Different Experiences”, “Open Discussion for Former Members: First-Generation

2020, Online – “Why People Join, Stay and Leave Groups, A Cult Model”, “Building Bridges: Improving Communication Across Worldviews, How to Stay Connected with A Cult Involved Loved One”

2020, Online – “MIND FIXERS: The History of Mass Therapy With its Roots in Mind Dynamics Institute, Misuse of Zen Insights, and Hyping the Positive Thinking of New Thought Religion”,
Building Bridges; Leaving and Recovering from Cultic Groups and Relationships: A Workshop for Families”

2020, Online – “Building Bridges: Leaving and Recovering From Cultic Groups and Relationships” (ten-session series)

2020, Philadelphia, PA – “Building Relationships and Communicating with the Cult Involved”, “A History of Large Group Awareness Trainings”

Awards Ceremony: 


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