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Santa Fe Conference - Overview

High-Control Groups: Helping Former Members and Families

La Fonda on the Plaza, Terrace Room
ICSA will conduct a conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico November 3-5, 2017. This biennial conference focuses on the needs of former group members and families.  It also includes a training track for mental health professionals (see bottom of page for more information). Conference sessions emphasize discussion so participants can address issues pertinent to their individual concerns. See links at left for details on fees, registration, speakers, program, the hotel, etc.  

The conference will take place at La Fonda on the Plaza, one of Santa Fe's finest hotels, located in the heart of the old city. Images of Santa Fe. 

Santa Fe has been chosen in order to give ICSA's western supporters an opportunity to attend a conference closer to home.  It is also a lovely setting for those who come from other parts of the USA, Canada, and the world.

Speakers include some of the cultic studies field's most experienced mental health professionals, as well former members and family members who will share their experiences. 

Attend this conference if you are interested in how psychologically manipulative and demanding groups can hurt people and what can be done to help those who are harmed. 

The agenda will address the needs of those seeking help and those who want to help others. 

Because Santa Fe is a "daytime" city, we have scheduled two-hour lunch breaks so that attendees can enjoy walking around old Santa Fe, where there are numerous art galleries, museums, and quaint shops, as well as stunning southwest architecture. The hotel will permit the special conference rate three days pre- and post-conference for those who wish to spend time touring Santa Fe and its environs. 

Because ICSA is firmly committed to freedom of thought, expression, and religion, its conferences are open to people from diverse backgrounds with diverse points of view. Opinions expressed are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of ICSA's directors, staff, or supporters. Former group members dealing with recovery issues should keep these points in mind and, when available, attend a preconference former member workshop, which will help them understand the challenges of an open conference.

Continuing Education

International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6893. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. ICSA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

For a full description of the continuing education track for High Control Groups: Helping Former Members and Families see: Continuing Education Santa Fe


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