"Cults, Coercion, and Contumely"

Margaret Thaler Singer, Ph.D., Marsha Emmer Addis. Published by the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) *Except: In sum, using "the big lie" in an environment that promotes "fair game" is the modus operandi of some current groups that have much to lose and little to gain by allowing their practices to be exposed to the public." read more


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The NAFC extends its sincerest gratitude to all who attended the NAFC 2015 Annual Educational & Networking Conference!

2016 conference information coming soon!

Dr. Eichel is long-time Member of and valuable contributor to the NAFC and we are grateful for the sharing of his knowledge and expertise as our 2015 Keynote Speaker.

Dr. Eichel is the President of the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) and Co-Founder of the Re-Entry Therapy, Information & Referral Network (RETIRN).

To learn more about Dr. Eichel, ICSA, the psychological manipulation and abuse in cultic groups or to find help for you or a loved one, please visit ICSA and Dr. Eichel's websites.

Below are just a few articles of interest on this subject matter published by ICSA:

"Education and Reeducation in Ideological Organizations and their Implications for Children" Stephen A. Kent, Ph.D. *Excerpt: "The history of alternative religions abounds with leaders whom followers consider charismatic but whom outside observers consider to have dysfunctional personality disorders if not mental illnesses (Storr, 1996)."

"Scientific Evaluation of the Dangers Posed by Religious Groups: A Partial Model" Stephen A. Kent, Ph.D. *Excerpt: "All forms of family abuse seem to occur in the context of psychological abuse and exploitation, a process victims sometimes describe as ‘brainwashing.’ "

"Exit Counseling and the Decline of Deprogramming" Stephen A. Kent, Joseph P. Szimhart *Excerpt: "Deprogramming came into being in the early 1970s, not only because of the countercult movement’s activities, but also because of desperate and bewildered family members’ need for it."

"Cults in Court" Sara Van Hoey *Excerpt: "Brainwashing is the application of specific and identifiable techniques that are intended to, and do, undermine an individual's ability to reason and impair his capacity to exercise an informed consent and replaces those functions with indiscriminate and unconditional obedience to the commands of a single leader."


The First Annual Tyler Clementi Internet Safety Conference

This academic, policy and practical conference is dedicated exclusively to raising awareness about and solving problems of online hate, harassment, and bullying. This conference will also address issues related to privacy, anonymity, online reputation, and social networking safety.

The Internet Safety Conference, to be held at New York Law School on October 3-4, 2015, is an unprecedented gathering of policy makers, political and business leaders, attorneys, social scientists, academics, teachers, students, and nonprofit advocates, all focused on the conference’s theme: combatting cyberharassment in all its forms. At this conference, New York Law School will launch a first-of-its-kind direct outreach pro bono initiative that will help victims of online harassment obtain justice.


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From the Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime (OJP OVC):

"The Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime (OJP OVC) has launched five new Victim Assistance Training Online (VAT Online) modules, including Assault, Campus/University Victims of Sexual Assault, Child Abuse, Ethics, and Human Trafficking. VAT Online is a Web-based basic victim advocacy training program that offers victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the basic skills and knowledge they need to better assist victims of crime. (Posted August 31, 2015)"



Bullying in Schools: An Overview By Ken Seeley, Martin L. Tombari, Laurie J. Bennett, and Jason B. Dunkle - U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Researchers from the National Center for School Engagement conducted a series of studies to explore the connections between bullying in schools, school attendance and engagement, and academic achievement. This bulletin provides an overview of the OJJDP-funded studies, a summary of the researchers’ findings, and recommendations for policy and practice.


Scientology’s Chilling Effect
by Joe Nocera, New York Times 02/24/15

"...Before the article was published, Behar says, he was followed by private detectives, who also contacted acquaintances, asking whether he had financial problems. After its publication, that sort of harassment continued...

What brings this to mind is Alex Gibney’s fine new HBO documentary about Scientology, “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” which is based on the book Going Clear by Lawrence Wright...

It is virtually impossible to tell the story of Scientology without getting into the issue of intimidation. As the film notes, going on the offensive against its critics is part of Scientology’s doctrine, handed down by its founder, L. Ron Hubbard...It also retells the story, first reported in The New York Times, of how, in 1993, Scientology won a 25-year fight against the Internal Revenue Service, which had refused to grant it nonprofit status. Scientologists filed several thousand lawsuits, against not just the I.R.S. but individual I.R.S. officials, and hired private detectives to look for dirt and conduct surveillance operations." Read more


Mental Health Interventions in Cult-Related Cases: Preliminary Investigation of Outcomes by Steve K. Dubrow Eichel, M.S., Linda Dubrow Eichel, M.A., Roberta Cobrin Eisenberg, M.S.W. - Shared from the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) website. Join us for our 2015 Annual Educational & Networking Conference for a Keynote by ICSA President, Dr. Steve Eichel!

Do our interventions work? This question is undoubtedly on the minds of many professional counselors and lay advisors engaged in clinical work with cultists, former cultists, and their families. Since October 1983, the associates of the Re-Entry Therapy, Information and Referral Network (RETIRN) have maintained a record of all face-to-face consultations and subsequent interventions with individuals and families who seek assistance with cult-related problems. Whenever possible, we have followed (and continue to follow) cases after interventions are made in order to determine outcome.

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