1998 Jonestown Memorial Conference
20 Years After Jonestown: What Have We Learned
|When: November 13-15, 1998
|Where: Chicago, Illinois
November 18, 1998 marks the twentieth anniversary of the
tragedy in Jonestown,
Guyana, in which nearly 1,000 men, women, and children committed suicide or were murdered
according to the orders of cult leader, Jim Jones. At that time, only a handful of people
knew anything about the destructive groups that were being called cults. AFF had not yet
been founded. Since Jonestown, there have been other well-known cult tragedies: the
murder/suicides involving the Order
of the Solar Temple in Europe and Canada; the conflagration at Waco,
Texas; the sarin-gas murders perpetrated by Aum Shinrikyo in Japan, and the Heavens
Gate suicides in California. Not making the news are the hundreds of thousands, perhaps
millions, of individuals who have been psychologically traumatized as a result of a cult
affiliation. Unlike twenty years ago, we can today offer a wide range of services and
resources to the thousands of individuals and families who seek help from AFF each year. This conference commemorates the
memory of the Jonestown victims by looking back to that pivotal event and reflecting upon
what we have learned during the past 20 years.
Herbert Rosedale, Esq.
From Jonestown to Heavens Gate
Margaret T. Singer, Ph.D.
Helping Families & Ex-Members: What Have We
Michael D. Langone,
Panel: From Deprogramming to Thought Reform
Carol Giambalvo; Patrick Ryan; Hana Whitfield
Recovery From Cults: What Have We Learned About
Psychotherapy & Rehabilitation
Paul R. Martin, Ph.D.
Recollecting Jonestown: Personal Accounts and
Margaret Singer, Ph.D.; Debra Layton, Jonestown Survivor; Patricia Ryan,daughter of slain
congressman Leo J. Ryan.
Children and Medical Neglect Since Jonestown
Rita Swan, Ph.D. and Andrew Skolnick
Psychological Abuse and Cults
Livia Bardin, M.S.W.
When People Ask About Cults: Secular and
Evangelical Responses Craig Branch; Carol Giambalvo; Patrick Ryan; Marty
Butz, M.Div.; Paul Carden; Moderator; Dr. Michael Langone
Psychology, Theology, and Cults
Paul Martin, Ph.D.; Lois Svoboda, M.D.; Craig Branch; Moderator: Paul Carden
Cults and the Law Since Jonestown
Herbert Rosedale, Esq., with discussants
Livia Bardin; Patrick Ryan; Hana Whitfield
Former Group Members Workshop
Carol Giambalvo; Joe Kelly
Mental Health Professionals Workshop
Michael Langone, Ph.D.;
Jerry Whitfield; David Clark
Private Conversations With Experts
Between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday AFF will offer, as resources permit, private
conversations (up to 25 minutes) with selected experts presenting at this conference. More
information will be given out during the conference.
If you cant make this conference, please consider sending a donation so AFF can continue
to help cult victims and their families. AFF is a tax-exempt organization and depends
solely upon contributions. Please be generous.
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