The article then illustrates these issues with an analysis of two key periods from Scientology’s history: its ultimately successful fight to gain tax-exempt status in the United States in the 1980s, and its response to modern-day challenges to this status.
For many who have found their way into this extreme right-wing cult, the price has been broken relationships, financial ruin, and legal troubles. Some have committed violent acts—including murder—driven by their unwavering devotion to QAnon, a web of interrelated and ever-evolving conspiracy theories that include belief in a global sex trafficking ring run by high-level U.S. politicians and the existence of lizard people masquerading among us as human beings.
This presentation will outline my reflections of my experience as someone who was born into the Worldwide Church of God, a Bible based doomsday cult.
Cult interventionists have become aware that, in addition to the manipulative and coercive tactics utilized by high control groups, there is often a mental health component that needs to be understood and addressed in order for the intervention to succeed.
fter the passing of the Serious Crime Act in the UK in 2015 criminalised coercive and controlling behaviour (psychological and emotional abuse) and the passing of the Modern Slavery Act (2015) criminalised trafficking, Rod and Linda Dubrow-Marshall were inspired to create a new Masters of Science (MSc) programme on the Psychology of Coercive Control.
The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is conducting its 2022 Annual International Conference jointly with Info-Secte/Info-Cult of Montreal.
Conference Theme: Exploring the Needs of People Who Leave Controlling Groups and Environments
Creative therapies, peer support groups, and web-based resources developed by and for the SGA community share common elements with recommended intervention guidelines for repatriated populations. Consequently, these SGA initiatives may provide useful models for rehabilitation and reintegration of children and families from IS-controlled territories.
Tommy’s story line and the processes of traumatic dissociation, reenactment, and misguided healing, that culminated in Tommy becoming (and failing as) a cult leader.
Assessing a family’s unique situation; understanding why people join and leave groups; considering the nature of psychological manipulation and abuse; being accurate, objective, and up-to-date; looking at ethical issues; learning how to assess you situation; formulating a helping strategy; learning how to communicate more efficiently with your loved one; learning new ways of coping.
“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,” covers a vast arena for specialized workshops that range from one day to several weeks