Workshop: Leaving and Recovering from Cultic Groups and Relationships
Leaving and Recovering from Cultic Groups and Relationships: A Workshop for Families and Former Members
October 15 and 16, 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
This workshop is open to family members and former members of cultic groups. The workshop will include much discussion on topics such as the following:
- Overview of joining, leaving, and recovery
- Why people leave groups and why they stay
- Recovery needs of former members
- Trance and triggers
- Critical thinking
- Trauma and recovery
- Building relationships
REGISTER ASAP or you may not be able to attend.
FeesThe fee for the workshop is $75 per person. One-day attendance is $50. CFI members may deduct $25 from the workshop or daily fee. Registrants receive a free ICSA Web membership or have their existing membership extended.
Rachel Bernstein, MS, LMFT, has been working with former cult members for 25 years. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Educator, who lives in Los Angeles, CA. Rachel ran the Maynard Bernstein Resource Center on cults, named after her father. She was the Clinician at the former Cult Clinic in Los Angeles, as well as the Cult Hotline and Clinic in Manhattan. She now treats former cult members and the families and friends of those in cults in her private practice. Rachel has published many articles, made media appearances, consulted on shows and movies about cults, and has been interviewed for podcasts and YouTube videos. RachelBernsteinTherapy.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doni Whitsett, PhD, LCSW, is a Clinical Professor of Social Work at the University of Southern California School of Social Work. Dr. Whitsett teaches various courses in practice, behavior, and mental health. She has been working with cult-involved clients and their families for 20 years and gives lectures to students and professionals in this area. She has presented at national and international conferences. Her publications include The Psychobiology of Trauma and Child Maltreatment (Cultic Studies Review, Vol. 5, No. 3, 2006), A Self Psychological Approach to the Cult Phenomenon (Journal of Social Work, 1992), Cults and Families (Families in Society, Vol. 84, No. 4, 2003), and Why Cults are Harmful: Neurobiological speculations on inter-personal trauma. ICSA Today, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2014.