The Newsletter of the International Cult Education Program Spring 1996

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ICEP Launches New College Outreach Project

A special grant is enabling ICEP to increase its college and university preventive-education outreach. A mailing is being sent to 3,000 college and university student affairs and student life personnel throughout the United States to let them know about ICEP's book Cults on Campus: Continuing Challenge and its other helpful resources.
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ICEP Revising Useful Campus Book

ICEP is expanding its book Cults on Campus: Continuing Challenge, which was published by AFF in 1991 and edited by ICEP Director Marcia Rudin. The revised edition will be available soon.

The present edition of Cults on Campus has been distributed to over 1,000 college and university campuses such as Brandeis University, Columbia University, New York University, Rutgers University, and Villanova University. It has been extremely helpful to higher education administrators confronting the challenge of destructive groups on their campuses as well as to others attempting to understand the phenomenon of cult recruitment of college students.

The expanded edition of the book will include two chapters for college and university chaplains. One is written by The Rev. Richard L. Dowhower, DD, pastor of All Saints Lutheran Church in Bowie, Maryland and Chair of AFF's Clergy Professional Education Committee, and the other by The Rev. Ronald Stanley, O.P., MSW, STL, MA, Chaplain of The Catholic Center at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Another welcome addition is a chapter by Jordana Thomadsen, a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, offering suggestions about preventive cult-education for college students. The revised book will also include a brochure written by ICEP for international students "Making Choices: How to Respond to High Pressure Groups." This brochure was prepared by Marcia Rudin at the request of the Committee on Ethical Practice of the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs: Association of International Educators (NAFSA:AIE) and was published in the November 1995 issue of the NAFSA:AIE Newsletter.

Chapters remaining from the 1991 edition of Cults on Campus include "Cults on Campus: How Can You Help?" by William Goldberg; "Cult Recruitment of International Students on American Campuses" by Jane R. Lindley; "Satanism and Young People: What Educators Should Know" byLinda Blood and Michael D. Langone, Ph.D.; "The Involvement of College Students in Totalist Groups: Causes, Concerns, Legal Issues, and Policy Considerations" by Gregory S. Blimling, Ph.D.; "Developing an Ethical Code for Proselytizers" by Marcia Rudin; "Training Residence-Hall Staff" by The Rev. Robert Watts Thornburg;"Why Resident Assistant Training on Cultism?" by Dennis Polselli; "Working with Cult-Affected Families" by Michael D. Langone, Ph.D.; "Counseling Cult-Impacted Students" by Lorna Goldberg and William Goldberg; "A Multi-Faceted Approach to Preventive-Education Programs about Cults" by Ronald N. Loomis; "How Campus Law Enforcement Personnel Can Monitor Cult Activities" by Larry Kahaner and Larry Zilliox, Jr.; "When You're Asked About Cults" by Robert C. Fellows; and "How to Talk to People Who are Trying to Save You" by The Rev. Dr. Ross Miller.

The price for the expanded edition will be $14.00, including postage and handling. Contact ICEP at PO Box 1232, Gracie Station, New York, NY 10028, (212)533-5420 for further details.
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AFF Publishes Book about Group Active on Campuses

The Boston Movement: Critical Perspectives on the International Churches of Christ has just been published by AFF. This important new book will be of great interest to college and university administrators and staff, as the ICC has been recruiting aggressively on campuses for several years.

The book's editors are Carol Giambalvo, a thought reform consultant, ex-cult member, author of Exit Counseling: A Family Intervention, and member of AFF's Board of Directors; and Herbert L. Rosedale, Esq., a member of ICEP's Steering Committee, president of AFF, and a Senior Partner in the law firm of Parker Chapin Flattau & Klimpl.

Chapters include "A Brief History of the Boston Movement," "Exit Counseling and the Boston Movement," and "An Examination of the Boston Movement in Relation to Thought-Reform Criteria," all by Carol Giambalvo; "The Boston Church of Christ at Boston University," by The Rev. Robert Watts Thornburg; "A Mental Health Approach," by Lorna Goldberg and William Goldberg; and an introduction written by Herbert Rosedale.

The new book also contains several illuminating first-person accounts of their experiences by ex-members of the ICC and a moving personal story written by a woman whose daughter is still in the group.

The 243-page paperback is $15.00, including postage and handling charges. It can be ordered from ICEP at PO Box 1232, Gracie Station, New York, NY 10028, or, by using a credit card, via Telephone at (212)533-5420.
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Three New Books Available of Interest to People Concerned About Cults

The Interfaith Sexual Trauma Institute (ISTI), an organization concerned with clergy sexual abuse, published a book in November 1995, Restoring the Soul of a Church: Healing Congregations Wounded by Clergy Sexual Misconduct. It is an anthology edited by Mark Laaser and Nancy Myer Hopkins.

The book focuses on the healing of congregations after first addressing the issues of sexual misconduct and exploitation and the "secondary" victims of abuse (the congregation, the larger community, other clergy, the wider faith tradition, the offender's family, and spiritual leadership in the aftermath).

The 272-page paperback may be ordered from The Liturgical Press, Box 7500, Collegeville, Minnesota 56321 (telephone: 800-858-5450; fax: 800-445-5899) for $19.95 plus $3.00 postage and handling charges, or obtained from a bookstore.

[ISTI also publishes a quarterly newsletter, The ISTI Sun, and plans to sponsor workshops and seminars. ISTI can be reached by contacting Executive Director, ISTI, Saint John's Abbey and University, Collegeville, Minnesota 56321, telephone: (612)363-3931; fax: (612) 363-2115; E-Mail: isti@csbsju.edu.]

Another book that will interest people concerned about cults is A Force Upon the Plain: The American Militia Movement and the Politics of Hate, written by Kenneth S. Stern, the American Jewish Committee's expert on hate groups. Stern reviews the history of these rapidly-growing organizations and focuses on how their ideology and development was influenced by the Branch-Davidian cult's fate at Waco in April, 1993. The 303-page hardcover book recently published by Simon & Schuster can be purchased in bookstores for $24.00 ($32.50 in Canada).

Flo Conway and Jim Siegelman have revised their important book Snapping. The second edition, published by Stillpoint Press in 1995, includes information about Aum Shinrikyo, Solar Temple, Branch Davidians, Peoples' Temple, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Christian "Identity" and "Shepherding" groups, "Patriot" Militias, New Age Therapies, and Ramtha, among other groups.

The 416-page paperback sells for $14.95 at bookstores, or may be ordered, with additional postage costs, from Stillpoint Press at 1-800-488-8040; fax: 908-225-1562. Supporters of ICEP and AFF will receive a 20% discount on orders from Stillpoint Press.
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AFF to Hold Workshops in June and July

AFF is planning a workshop, "How to Help a Loved One Affected by a Cult", in June. While AFF has sponsored seven workshops for ex-cult members, this is its first for cult-affected families and loved ones.

The workshop will be at The Stony Point Center in Stony Point, New York from 9 a.m. Saturday, June 8 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 9, 1996. This workshop is for families, spouses, and loved ones of those who have left cults or are still in groups. It will help them assist in their loved one's recovery process, understand the cult experience, communicate more effectively, better cope with their own feelings, and especially to explore alternatives to deprogramming.

Workshop leaders will divide the sessions into two tracks: Track One, for those whose loved ones are still in a group; Track Two, for those whose loved ones have left a group but are still struggling with cult-recovery issues. At times, participants in both tracks will meet together.

The prices for this workshop are: for single occupancy, $275; for double occupancy, $200 PER PERSON. Prices include all workshop fees, Friday and Saturday night room accommodations, all meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch, and snacks.

AFF is also sponsoring two "After the Cult" workshops for ex-cult members only in June and July. The June ex-member workshop, also at The Stony Point Center, in Stony Point, New York, will take place from 9 a.m. Saturday, June 8 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 9, with an optional session on Friday evening, June 7, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. There will be three tracks: Track One, recovery issues for former cult members; Track Two, for those born into cults; and Track Three, for women sexually abused while in a cult. At times, participants in all tracks will meet together.

The July AFF ex-member workshop will be at the St. Malo Retreat and Conference Center in Allenspark, Colorado from 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 19, to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 21.

Prices for both ex-member workshops are: for single occupancy, $210; for double occupancy, $175 PER PERSON. Prices include all workshop fees, Friday and Saturday night room accommodations, all meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch, and snacks.

The AFF workshops are led by cult-recovery experts and mental health professionals. Registration for all three workshops is limited, and there will be no onsite registration. For more information, or to obtain brochures and registration forms, contact ICEP at 239.514.3081.
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ICEP in Action

Since ICEP was launched in 1987 it has provided speakers for 155 educational programs. Articles mentioning ICEP or its educational materials or articles written by or quoting ICEP Director Marcia Rudin have appeared in 135 publications. ICEP has been consulted or interviewed by 589 representatives of the print and broadcast media.

Since the September 1995 issue of Young People and Cults, ICEP's major accomplishments include providing speakers for or programs at. City College of New York . The New School for Social Research (Manhattan). Bat Yam Synagogue (Sanibel Island, Florida) . Central Synagogue (Manhattan) . Congregation Tifereth Israel (Bensalem, Pennsylvania) . National conference of Cult Awareness Network (White Plains, New York) .

And have been mention in articles in: The (Riverside, California) Press Enterprise. The Washington Square News. Bozeman (Montana) Chronicle. San Diego Union Tribune. Forward. The Florida Catholic. The NAFSA:AIE Newsletter.
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Conference on Cults Held At Iona College

On March 9, the Department of Pastoral and Family Counseling of the Graduate Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Iona College in New Rochelle, New York cosponsored a conference with AFF, "Recovery From Cults and Other Abusive Groups: Psychological and Spiritual Dimensions."

A keynote address by E. Mark Stern, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of the Graduate Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Iona College, launched the sessions. Other conference speakers were therapist William Goldberg, MSW; Laurie Schaffler, former member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Hare Krishna); ex-cult members and thought reform consultants Patrick Ryan and David Clark; Reverend Walter Debold, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Seton Hall University; and Cynthia Lilley and Peter Heinrich, parents of an ex-member of the Unification Church. Brother Kevin Barry, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Pastoral and Family Counseling at Iona College, moderated the sessions, and AFF President Herbert Rosedale summarized the conference proceedings.
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ICEP Advisory Committee Member Elected to New York State Senate

Dr. Seymour Lachman, Dean for Community Development at the City University of New York and a Professor in the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College, was elected to the New York State Senate in a special election on February 15th to fill a vacant seat.

Dean Lachman has long been concerned about cults and the need for preventive-education. He is a member of ICEP's Advisory Committee and Chair of the New York City Interfaith Coalition of Concern about Cults. Dr. Lachman is former president of the New York City Board of Education.

Congratulations to ICEP supporter Dean Lachman!
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International Cult Education Program (ICEP) Steering Committee:

Sandy Andron, Ed.D., Youth Services Director, Central Agency for Jewish Education, Miami, Florida; Kent Burtner, Program Director, Cult Resource Center/Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Portland, Oregon; Michael D. Langone, Ph.D., Executive Director and Director of Research, AFF, Bonita Springs, Florida; Arnold Markowitz, M.S.W., Director, Cult Hot Line and Clinic, Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, New York, New York; Herbert L. Rosedale, Esq., Senior Partner, Parker Chapin Flattau & Klimpl, President, AFF, New York, New York; Marcia R. Rudin, M.A., Director, International Cult Education Program, New York, New York
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AFF/ICEP

The American Family Foundation, a tax-exempt research center and educational organization founded in 1979, consists of an administrative staff and more than 150 independent professionals working together. AFF's mission is to study psychological manipulation and high-control and cultic groups; to educate youth, the public, and professionals about the subject; and to help families and ex-cult members.

The International Cult Education Program educates staff and youth in colleges, universities, high schools, churches, synagogues, and other educational forums about cults and psychological manipulation. ICEP is a program of the American Family Foundation. The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the Association of College Unions - International (ACU-I) are ICEP Participating Organizations.

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