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2013 Conference, Trieste, Italy - Research From Spain, and help others.
At ICSA events attendees meet and often become friends with people who understand what it is like to have been involved in a manipulative, abusive group or interpersonal situation.
ICSA has a variety of events, which serve different purposes (scroll through links to the left). ICSA members receive discounts to many events.
Workshops are intensive events (usually over a weekend) where much healing and sharing occur. Colorado and Connecticut workshops are for former members of cultic groups, the latter for people who were born or raised in such groups.
Local meetings in selected cities provide support and an opportunity to educate and help others.
Special events are usually one-day or shorter, often focusing on a specific topic.
Conferences tend to be two days or longer. Our 2013 Santa Fe conference, like our conferences in Rome in 2010 and Denver in 2009, was focused on helping former members and families.
ICSA's annual conference, which usually takes place in early July, is THE event in this field. The annual conference is typically three days in length with pre-conference workshops for former group members, researchers, mental health professionals and educators and a social event.
Most conferences draw 200 to 300 attendees from around the world. Attendees include
Recent conferences have had more than 100 speakers with 4-6 simultaneous tracks spread over three days. The conference includes special tracks for former members, families, mental health professionals, and researchers.
ICSA is firmly committed to freedom of thought, freedom of expression, and freedom of religion. Consistent with these values, ICSA’s policy with regard to conferences has been to encourage a wide range of viewpoints. Opinions expressed are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of ICSA's directors, staff, or supporters.
Since 2005 the annual conference has alternated between Europe and North America. Conference cities have included:
The 2014 conference will be in Washington, DC.