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Working with Women Survivors of Cults: An Empowerment Model for Counselors

Penny Dahlen, Ed.D.
Adams State College

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This article offers an empowerment model for counselors to use when working with female survivors of cults. The author explores the power dynamics between the cult leader and member, and discusses how to not recreate this power dynamic in therapy. Empowering techniques such as building a trusting and safe environment, conducting a power analysis, and using daydreaming and role reversal are provided as means to facilitate the client’s recovery.

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Betz, Katherine E.: "No Place to Go: Life in a Prison Without Bars" - abs
Collective of Women: "Sex, Lies, and Grand Schemes of Thought in Closed Groups" - abs
Dahlen, Penny, Ed.D.: "Working with Women Survivors of Cults" - abs
Lalich, Janja: "Dominance and Submission: The Psychosexual: Exploitation of Women in Cults"
Rosen, Shelly, C.S.W.: "Gender Attributes.Women�s Attraction..Involvement in Cults" - abs
Stein, Alexandra: "Influence of Cults on the Relationship of Mothers to Their Children" - abs
Weishaupt, Kaynor J.: "Wifely Subjection: Mental Health Issues in Jehovah�s Witness" - abs

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