International Symposium for the Study of Cultic Groups and Religious Culture
Family Workshop at ICSA Bordeaux
A group photo of SFRAEM staff, Steve Eichel, and exit counselors after the film discussion.

Lectures/Workshops

Lectures/Workshop

  • 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”
  • 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”
  • 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”
  • 2018, Philadelphia, PA – 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, Rotterdam, Netherlands, RAN EXIT Academy – “Exit Work With Families and Current Members, Exit ‘Lessons from adjacent fields Cults’
  • 2017, Bordeaux France – “Workshop – Building Bridges; Leaving and Recovering from Cultic Groups and Relationships: A Workshop for Families”, “Exit Counselling : Sharing practices and experiences”
  • 2017, Bordeaux France, RAN EXIT –  “Exit Work With Families and Current Members
  • 2017, Los Angeles, CA – “Leaving and Recovering from Cultic Groups and
  • Relationships: A Seminar and Workshop for Families and Former Members”
  • 2016, Dallas, TX – “Panel: Inside Out — One Group, One Fugitive Swami: Three Different Experiences”, “Workshop for Families: A Collaborative Approach to Addressing a Loved One’s Cult-Related Involvement”, “Leaving and Recovering from Cultic Groups and Relationships: Workshop for Families and Former Members”
  • 2015, Santa Fe, NM – “Building Relationships and Communicating with the Cult Involved”, “Exit Counseling and Conflict Resolution”, “Exit Counseling and Conflict Resolution”
  • 2015, Beijing, China, Beijing Union University – “Cultic Group Intervention: Exploring internal experiences in Yoga, Qigong and Transcendental Meditation”
  • 2015, Stockholm, Sweden – “Family Workshop: Building Bridges”
  • 2014, Washington, DC – “Family Workshop: Building Bridges”
  • 2014, Los Angeles, University of Southern California
  • 2013, London, England, London School of Economics – “Restoring Family Connections”
  • 2013, Philadelphia, PA – “Mental Health Issues in Cult-Related Interventions”
  • 2012, Montreal, Canada – “Coping with triggers”, “Overview and Preparation for Former Members”
  • 2012, Ft. Myers, FL – “Joining, Leaving, and Recovering from a Cultic Group: Giving and Receiving Support” 
  • 2012, Philadelphia, PA – “Special Event: LGBT Jehovah’s Witnesses, Former Members and Families”
  • 2012, Philadelphia, PA – “Workshop for Families and Former Members”
  • 2011, Barcelona, Spain, University of Barcelona –  “A Loved One in a Group? Dealing with Alarm and Assessing the Problem”, “Enhancing Relationships by Communicating Across Worldviews”, “A Mediation Approach to Exit Counseling”, 
  • 2010, Ciampino, Roma, (Italy), Istituto Madonna del Carmine “Il Carmelo” – “What Can Families Do?”
  • 2010, New York, NY – “Family Discussion: Alarm, Assessment, Conversion, Worldviews, Relationships, and Action”, “Workshop for Families and Others: Understanding and Responding to Cultic Involvements Overview, Conversion, Conflict Resolution”, “Discussion for Families and Friends of Group Involved Persons: Assessment, Communication, Relationship Building, Strategizing”
  • 2009, Denver, CO – “Conversion and Worldviews”
  • 2009, Geneva, Switzerland, Université de Genève – “A Loved One in a Group? Dealing with Alarm and Assessing the Problem”, “Conversion and Worldviews”, “Enhancing Relationships by Communicating Across Worldviews”, “Family Discussion: Alarm, Assessment, Conversion, Worldviews, Relationships, and Action”, “Understanding and Coping with Triggers”, “Introduction and Overview for Former Members of Cultic Groups”
  • 2008, Philadelphia, PA, University of Pennsylvania –  “Religious Conflict Resolution for Families”, “Four Approaches to Helping Families”, “Workshop for Family Members”
  • 2007, Brussels, Belgium, University Club, Brussels – “How to be Helpful: The Importance of Information”,  “Coping with Triggers”, “Phoenix Project: Ex-Member Art and Literary Works”
  • 2006, Denver, CO – “Religious Conflict Resolution: A Model for Families”, “Personal Change in an Eastern Group”, “Workshop for Family Members”, “Personal Coaching: Benefits and Risks for Former Group Members”, “Coping with Triggers”
  • 2005, Madrid, Spain, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid – “Communicating with Cult Members”, “Exit Counseling Panel”, “Question and Answer Session for Families”, “Ex-Members: Coping with Triggers”, “Workshop for Former Members”
  • 2004, Atlanta, GA – “Approaches to Exit Counseling: Part I & 2”, “Coping With Triggers”, “Workshop for Family Members”, “Workshop for Former Members”
  • 2004, Edmonton, Canada, University of Alberta – “Coping with Triggers”, “Workshop for Family Members”, “Workshop for Former Members”
  • 2003, Orange, CA – “Workshop for Family Members”, “Exit Counseling Case Study: Eastern Group”, 
  • 2003, Enfield, CT – “Workshop for Family Members”, “Exit Counseling Case Study: Psychotherapy Group”, “Advanced Communication for Families”
  • 2002, Orlando, FL – “Inner Experience and Conversion”
  • 2001, New York City – “Workshop for Families and Friends”, “Thought Reform Consultation”
  • 2000, Seattle, WA – “Thought Reform Consultation”, “Workshop for Families and Friends”, “Workshop for Former Group Members”
  • 1999, St. Paul, MN, University of Minnesota – “Symposium: So You Want to Help: What Can Individuals Do?”, “Educators Workshop”, “Thought Reform Consultation: A Panel Discussion”
  • 1999, Stony Point, NY – “Workshop for Former Members of Cultic Groups”, “Coping with Trance States; Hypnosis and Trance”
  • 1998, Chicago, IL – “Panel: From Deprogramming to Thought Reform Consultation”, “20 Years After Jonestown: What Have We Learned About Cults”, “Family Workshop”, “Educators Workshop”
  • 1998, Philadelphia, PA – “Thought Reform Consultation (Exit Counseling): Helping Families Address a Loved One’s Group Involvement”
  • 1997, Philadelphia, PA – Exit Counseling”
  • 1996, Stony Point, NY – “Workshop for Loved Ones: “How to Help a Loved One Affected by a Cult”
  • 1995, Stony Point, NY – “Coping with Trance States; Hypnosis and Trance”
  • 1994, Newark, NJ – “Transcendental Meditation”
  • 1992, Arlington, VA – “Cult Victims and Their Families: Therapeutic Issues”
  • 1992, Stony Point, NY – “Coping with Trance States; Hypnosis and Trance”
  • 1992, Stony Point, NY – “After the Cult”
  • 1991, Philadelphia, PA – “Transcendental Meditation”
Lifetime Achievement Award (2011)
Achievement Award (1997)

Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award (2011)

2011 International Conference, Psychological Manipulation, Cultic Groups, Social Addictions, and Harm; Organized jointly by the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) and Atención e Investigación de Socioadicciones (AIS), with the collaboration of Info-Cult/Info-Secte and the University of Barcelona

Leo J. Ryan “Distinguished Service Award” (1999)

Leo J. Ryan Award, named in honor of Congressman Leo J. Ryan, who was assassinated November 18, 1978, in Guyana by members of the People’s Temple cult led by Jim Jones.

Achievement Award (1997)

The American Family Foundation (publisher of The Cult Observer) recently recognized, with its 1997 Achievement Award, AFF volunteer Patrick Ryan.