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1999 Conference: Cults, Psychological Manipulation & Society

Conference Speakers


When: May 14-16, 1999

Featured Speakers

Robert Fellows, M.T.S., is a mentalist who has conducted dozens of educational programs for colleges and other audiences in which he uses magic and ESP tricks to help people understand how easily they can be manipulated. He is the author of Easily Fooled.

Lars Grip, a Swedish journalist, served on the Swedish governmental commission that investigated "new religious movements" between 1997 and 1998. Mr. Grip studied how countries in Europe have responded to the problems posed by cultic groups.

Nonsook Hong, former wife of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon's eldest son, is the author of In the Shadow of the Moons: My Life in the Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Family.

Alan Scheflin, J.D. LL.M, is Professor of Law at Santa Clara University Law School in California. Among his many publications is Memory, Trauma Treatment, and the Law (co-authored with Daniel Brown and D. Corydon Hammond), for which he will receive the 1999 Guttmacher Award from the American Psychiatric Association. Professor Scheflin is also the 1991 recipient of the Guttmacher Award for Trance on Trial (with Jerrold Shapiro).

Margaret T. Singer, Ph.D., Emeritus Adjunct Professor of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Singer's study of cultic groups builds on her early research into coercive persuasion during the Korean War. She is the co-author of Cults in Our Midst and Crazy Therapies. Widely regarded as the leading psychotherapist in this field, Dr. Singer has worked with thousands of cult-affected individuals and families.

Other Speakers Include:

Sandy Andron, Ed.D., Youth Services Director, Central Agency for Jewish Education, Miami, FL

David Bardin, Esq., Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn, PLLC; AFF's Washington, DC representative

Livia Bardin, M.S.W., Psychotherapist; Clinical Social Worker, Washington, D.C.

Eileen Barker, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics

Paul Carden, Apologetics Resource Center, San Juan Capistrano, CA

Craig Branch, President and Director, Apologetics Resource Center, Birmingham, AL

Audrey Chaytor, Chairperson, FAIR (Family Action Information & Resource), London, England

David Clark, Thought Reform Consultant, Philadelphia, PA

Donna & Jonathan Collins, Phoenix, Arizona

Anuttama Dasa, National Director of Communications, ISKCON Communications, Washington, D.C.

Radha Dasi, Legal Director of the ISKCON North American Temple Support Office

Arthur Dole, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor, Psychology in Education, University of Pennsylvania

Steve Dubrow-Eichel, Ph.D., Psychotherapist; Director, RETIRN, Philadelphia, PA

Ronald Enroth, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA

Carol Giambalvo, AFF Outreach Director; Thought Reform Consultant, Flagler Beach, FL

Lorna Goldberg, M.S.W., A.C.S.W., New Jersey Institute of Psychoanalysis, Teaneck, NJ

William Goldberg, M.S.W., A.C.S.W., Director, Community Support Center, Pomona, NY

Josep Jansa, M.D., Medical Coordinator, AIS (Assessment and Information about Sects), Barcelona, Spain

Joseph Kelly, Thought Reform Consultant, Philadelphia, PA

Lois Kendall, Doctoral Candidate in Psychology, Buckinghamshire College, England

Mary Kent, Ridgefield, CT

Stephen Kent, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, University of Alberta

Mike Kropveld, Director, Info-Cult, Montreal, Canada

Janja Lalich, M.A., Education Director, Community Resources on Influence and Control, Alameda, CA

Michael Langone, Ph.D., Executive Director, AFF; Editor, Cultic Studies Journal

Bruce Laughton, Director, Answers Inc., Minneapolis, MN

Peter Malinoski, M.A., Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology, Ohio University

Rod Marshall, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Buckinghamshire College, England

Paul Martin, Ph.D., Director, Wellspring Retreat & Resource Center

Cesar Mascarenas, M.D., Director of Medical Research, Research Center of the Mexican Christian Institute

Donna Mayotte, M.A., L.P., Psychotherapist, Lutheran Social Service, Minneapolis, MN

Roger Olson, Ph.D., Professor of Theology, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN

Herbert Rosedale, Esq., President, AFF; Senior Partner, Parker Chapin Flattau & Klimpl, New York City

Marcia Rudin, M.A., Writer and founding director of AFF's International Cult Education Program

Patrick Ryan, AFF Web site manager; Thought Reform Consultant, Philadelphia, PA

Alexandra Stein, writer and former group member

Heather Svoboda, President, Free Minds

Dennis Tourish, Ph.D., Lecturer in Communication at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland

Daphne Vane, FAIR (Family Action Information & Resource) International Representative and Board Member of FECRIS (European Federation of Centres for Research and Information on Sectarianism), London, England

Hana Whitfield, Thought Reform Consultant, Cape Coral, FL

Jerry Whitfield, Thought Reform Consultant, Cape Coral, FL

Jonibeth Whitney, M.A., Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology

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