Sep 12, 2023

Obituary: Alan W. Scheflin

Alan W. Scheflin, JD, LLM, MA passed away on August 27, 2023. He was 81 years old. A past board member and president of ICSA, he was Professor Emeritus Santa Clara University School of Law in California. Among his several dozen publications were Memory, Trauma Treatment, and the Law (co-authored with Daniel Brown and D. Corydon Hammond), for which he received the 1999 Guttmacher Award from the American Psychiatric Association, one of 18 awards he received. Professor Scheflin was also the 1991 recipient of the Guttmacher Award for Trance on Trial (with Jerrold Shapiro). Professor Scheflin received the 2001 American Psychological Association, Division 30 (Hypnosis), Distinguished Contribution to Professional Hypnosis Award. This is the highest award that Division 30 can bestow. He was also awarded in 2001 The American Board of Psychological Hypnosis Professional Recognition Award. This Award was created to honor his achievements in promoting the legal and ethical use of hypnosis. Professor Scheflin delivered over 100 invited addresses at professional conferences. In 2004, ICSA awarded him the Herbert L. Rosedale Award in recognition of leadership in preserving and protecting individual freedom; in 2014, he gave the Paul Martin Lecture at the ICSA Annual Conference.  One of the most distinguished scholars in cultic studies, his passing is a great loss to the field.

ICSA Today, Volume 11.1, published an in-depth interview between Alan Scheflin and Mary O'Connell. 

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