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2000: Cults and the Millennium


Psychological Manipulation, cult groups, sects, and new religious movements

Conference: Cults and the Millennium

When: April 28-29, 2000
Where: Seattle, WA

AFF (American Family Foundation), the leading professional organization concerned about cults and psychological manipulation, was founded 20 years ago in 1979. AFF is known for its professionalism, for building its practical educational services for families, former group members, helping professionals, educators, young people, and the public on a base of scholarly study and research.

This year�s conference reflects AFF�s breadth and depth of understanding by examining social issues, scientific research, and practical needs of all who are interested in this subject.

The theme of the conference is "Cults and the Millennium."

In accordance with this theme, the conference will include a program of lectures and discussions on millennial groups, including racist movements.

The conference is supplemented by pre-conference workshops and educational events.

Conference Events

The conference will begin at 8:45 a.m. on Friday and end at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

We will have an informal social Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m

 Friday, May 4, 2001

  • Cults, Conversion, Science, and Harm (Michael D. Langone, Ph.D.)
  • Cults, Culture, and Human Rights (Randy Kandel, Ph.D., J.D.)
  • After the Cult: Spiritual Issues (Craig Branch, Coordinator)
  • Social Influences on Youth (Dean Borgman, M.A., CAGS)
  • Cults Around the World (Mike Kropveld, Coordinator)
  • Problems in New Catholic Movements (Peter Malinoski, Ph.D. Candidate, Coordinator; Ray Dreitlin, Ph.D.; Fr. Michael Duggan, Ph.D.; Fr. James LeBar)
  • Cults and New Religious Movements: Sociological Perspectives (Stephen Kent, Ph.D. and Benjamin Zablocki, Ph.D., Coordinators; Dianne Casoni, Ph.D.)
  • Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves (Steven Hassan, M.Ed., LMHC.; Discussants: David Clark; Linda Dubrow, Ph.D.; Steve Dubrow-Eichel, Ph.D., ABPP)
  • Conversion Experiences: Positive Accounts (Joseph Szimhart, Coordinator)
  • Sociological Research: An International Perspective (Jean-Francois Mayer, Ph.D.)

Saturday, May 5, 2001

  • Cult Members Reflect on The Family's Experience (Livia Bardin, M.S.W., Coordinator)
  • Cults and New Religious Movements: Psychological Perspectives (Rod Marshall, Ph.D. and Peter Malinoski, Ph.D. Candidate, Coordinators; Lois Kendall, B.Sc., Jodi Aronoff McKibben, M.S., Ph.D. Candidate, Jonibeth Whitney, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate)
  • Cults and the Law: Practical Issues  (Marcia Rudin, M.A., Coordinator; Robin Boyle, J.D., Randy Kandel, Ph.D., J.D., Herbert L. Rosedale, Esq.)
  • Cults: A Thirty-Year Retrospective (Margaret Thaler Singer, Ph.D.)
  • Governmental Responses to Cults (Michael Kropveld, Coordinator)
  • Conversion Experiences: Negative Accounts (Lorna Goldberg, M.S.W., Coordinator; Maureen Griffo, Mary O'Connell)
  • Developing Accountability Mechanisms in Cults (Benjamin Zablocki, Ph.D. and Stephen Kent, Ph.D., Coordinators; Janja Lalich, Ph.D.)
  • Born and Abused in Cults (Carey Bowen, Coordinator; Arnold Markowitz, M.S.W., C.S.W.; Rev. Robert Pardon)
  • Thought Reform Consultation (David Clark, Carol Giambalvo, Joseph Kelly, Patrick Ryan, Hana Whitfield, Jerry Whitfield)
  • Methodological Recommendations Regarding Scientific Research on Cults (Jodi Aronoff McKibben, Ph.D. Candidate; Discussants: Arthur Dole, Ph.D.; Peter Malinoski, Ph.D. Candidate; Benjamin Zablocki, Ph.D.)
  • Keynote Address:  Conversion in Aum Shinrikyo  Robert Jay Lifton, M.D.

Preconference Events
Thursday April 27, 1999
Workshop for Families
Livia Bardin, M.S.W
Workshop for former group members
Carol Giambalvo

Thursday, May 3, 2001 (Pre-Conference Events)

  • Workshop for Former Group Members (10:00 - 5:00; with optional evening session)

  • Workshop for Families and Friends (10:00 - 5:00) Coordinator: Livia Bardin, M.S.W.


Supporting Our Work

If you can�t 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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