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Topic:  "Children and Cults" Conference


Children and Cults
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Friday, May 29 - Sunday May 31, 1998
Philadelphia, PA

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Throughout history, children have been victims of cults. Emotional and psychological abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, withholding of medical care, and denial of educational opportunities can be traumatic for any person, but they are especially devastating on children. This conference brings together variety of experts who will analyze the victimization, treatment and recovery of child cult victims from a diverse array of perspectives. Some are former cult members who will describe their own personal experiences. Others are mental health and legal professionals who will describe their professional experience.

Conference participants will gain knowledge and insights into prevention of victimization as well as treatment and recovery strategies.

Children and Cults Conference Highlights

Friday Events

Background on Child Abuse and Medical Neglect of Children in Cults
Children and Cults: What Does the Literature Tell Us?
Remarks by Donna Collins, the Daughter of the Founders of the Unification Church in Great Britain.
Growing Up in Cults: A Panel of Former Members
Sexual Abuse of Children in Cults; A Panel of Former Members and Therapists
Support Sessions for Former Cult Members
An Evening with Margaret Thaler Singer, 20 Years of Studying the Abuse of Children in Cults

Saturday Events

Legal Perspectives on Children and Cults; Illustrative Cases and Anecdotes
A Review and Analysis of the Legal Literature
Discussion of Children and Cults by a Panel of Attorneys and Therapists
Support Sessions for Former Cult Members
The Cult Member and the Family: Part I: The Cult Member’s Perspective; Part II: The Family’s Perspective
A Panel Discussion on Issues of Children with Parents in Groups
Effects of Cult Involvement on Siblings
Grandparents Perspectives on Cult Involvement
An Evening with Margaret Thaler Singer and Louis Jolyon West: Reflections Across 50 Years of Studying Mind Control and Psychological Abuse

Sunday Events

A conceptual Understanding of the Cult Phenomenon
Thought Reform Consultation (Exit Counseling): Helping Families Address a Loved One’s Group Involvement
Research Planning Symposium
How to Make a Presentation About Cults
How to Work with Media
How to Work with Politicians
Tips for Avoiding Emotionalism
Legal Perspectives on the Above Topics
Conference Closing

Conference Speakers:

Robin A. Boyle Esq., Professor, St John’s University School of Law (NY)
Donna Collins, raised in Unification Church by parents who were the founders and leaders of the Unification Church in Great Britain.
Randy Kandel, Esq., J.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Loyola Law School (CA)
Michael Langone, Ph.D., Executive Director & Director of Research, AFF; Editor, Cultic Studies Journal
Herbert L. Rosedale, Esq., President, AFF; Parker, Chapin, Flattau & Klimpl (NY)
Margaret Thaler Singer, Ph.D., Emeritus Adjunct Professor of Psychology, University of California at Berkeley; author of Cults in Our Midst
Andrew Skolnick, Science and Medical Writer
Louis J. West, M.D. Director Emeritus, Neuro Psychiatric Institute, University of California at Los Angeles

Conference Presenters And Moderators:

Livia Bardin, M.S.W., Clinical Social Worker
Rachel Bernstein, M.F.C.C., Cult Hotline and Clinic, New York Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services
Ron Burks, M.Div., M.A. Staff Member, Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center
Carol Giambalvo, Director of Recovery Programs, AFF; Thought Reform Consultant
Lorna Goldberg, M.S.W., A.C.S.W., Therapist in Private practice: New Jersey Institute of Psychoanalysis
William Goldberg, M.S.W., A.C.S.W., Director, North Rockland Mental Health Clinic
Ronald N. Loomis, Director of Education, AFF; Cult Awareness Educator & Consultant
Arnold Markowitz, M.S.W., Director, Cult Hotline and Clinic, New York Jewish Board of Family and Children Services
Paul Martin, Ph.D., Director, Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center
Patrick Ryan, Director of Internet Services, AFF; Thought Reform Consultant
Marcia Rudin, M.A., Former Director, International Cult Education Program; author and educator
Kristin Skedgell, M.Div., Counselor in Private Practice
Doni Whitsett, Ph.D., Lecturer, University of Southern California;Psychotherapist in private practice

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