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Cult Recovery: A Clinician’s Guide to Working With Former Members and Families

Editors: Lorna Goldberg, William Goldberg, Rosanne Henry, Michael Langone

This landmark, 500-page book, with chapters from leading clinicians and researchers, describes the current state of the art in helping people adversely affected by a cultic dynamic, whether in a cult, mainstream religious denomination, psychotherapy, family, or other interpersonal relationship. The regular price is $79 plus postage. Discounts are available – see options below.

People are different, and different people will respond to the same environment in different ways. That is why the first clinical rule in working with former cult members and families is to remain flexible and not rigidly adhere to a clinical ideology. The chapters in this book reflect this attitude of openness, while describing how different experts approach the kinds of problems that might confront therapists working with former cult members and those with affected loved ones. 

Though primarily aimed at helpers, the clearly written chapters of this 500-page book can help family members and former members of cultic situations, including those born or raised in such environments. 

The chapter contents and contributors are listed below. Abstracts of chapters.


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$115 Canada 
$125 Other Countries
Book Only – Without ICSA Membership (includes postage and handling)
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$100 Canada
$105     Other countries  
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Contents (Abstracts)

Introduction: ICSA’s Recovery Focus – Michael D. Langone PhD 

Helping Families and Loved Ones 

Overview: Helping Families and Loved Ones – William Goldberg LCSW, PsyA 
Working With Families – William Goldberg LCSW, PsyA
Conflict Resolution for Families in Distress – Patricia Millar PhD, PCC and Cristina Caparesi
Exit Counseling – Carol Giambalvo
Helping Former Members: Individual Psychotherapy 
Overview: Helping Former Members: Individual Psychotherapy – Lorna Goldberg LCSW, PsyA
Cults: A Natural Disaster—Looking at Cult Involvement Through a Trauma Lens – Shelly Rosen LCSW
Counseling Former Cultists: The Brief Intermittent Developmental Therapy (BIDT) Approach – Steve K. D. Eichel PhD, ABPP, CST
Mentalization Attachment Approach to Cult Recovery – Rosanne Henry MA, LPC
EMDR—Overview and Application With First- and Second-Generation Former Group Members – Leona Furnari MSW, LCSW
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for Former Members of High-Demand Groups – Madeleine Tobias MS, RN, CS
A Modern Psychodynamic Approach With First-Generation Former Cult Members – Doni Whitsett PhD, LCSW
The Role of Self-Care in Cult Recovery: Issues for Practitioners, Members, and Former Members of Cultic Groups and Their Families – Linda Dubrow-Marshall PhD, Reg. MBACP (Accred.) and Rod Dubrow-Marshall PhD, MBPsS
Helping First-Generation Parents and Second-Generation Children Heal the Impact of Cult Harm – Lorna Goldberg LCSW, PsyA
Support Groups 
Overview: Support Groups – William Goldberg LCSW, PsyA
Support Group for Former Cult Members – William Goldberg LCSW, PsyA and Lorna Goldberg LCSW, PsyA
An Independent Faith-Based Approach to Support and Recovery Groups for Those Affected by Harmful Religious Environments – Patrick J. Knapp MA, PhD candidate
Recovery Workshops, Intensive Programs, and Residential Treatment 
Overview: Recovery Workshops, Intensive Programs, and Residential Treatment – Rosanne Henry MA, LPC
The Colorado Model Recovery Workshop – Carol Giambalvo and Nancy Miquelon LPCC
The Wellspring Program – Donna Adams-Weiss PhD, LPC, Ron Burks MA, MDiv, PhD,LMHC, Greg Sammons MEd, LPC, and Lois Svoboda MD, LMFT
Relational Psychoeducational Intensive—Time Away for Postcult Counselling – Gillie Jenkinson PhD, MA, UKCP-accredited
Residential Treatment Modality for Cult Trauma Survivors – Robert Pardon MDiv, ThM and Judy Pardon MEd
Special Issues and Research 
Overview: Special Issues and Research – Michael D. Langone PhD
The Relational System of the Traumatizing Narcissist – Daniel Shaw LCSW
How to Approach Cultic Studies Research – Lois Kendall PhD
What the Research Tells Clinicians About Current and Former Cultic Group Members – Lois Kendall PhD
ICSA Bibliography: Papers Related to Clinical Work With Families and Former Group Members – Kristine Langone BSW
Biographical sketches of authors can be found on the people profiles page.


Lorna Goldberg, LCSW, PsyA, Director, Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies, Teaneck, NJ. 

William Goldberg, LCSW, PsyA, adjunct professor, Dominican College; faculty member, Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies. 

Rosanne Henry, MA, LPC, psychotherapist, Littleton, Colorado. 

Michael D. Langone, PhD, Executive Director, International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA). 


Donna Adams-Weiss, PhD, LPC, Executive Director, Miriam’s Villa, Montgomery, Alabama; former Clinical Director, Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center, Albany, Ohio. 

Ron Burks, MA, MDiv, PhD, LMHC, substance-abuse and mental health counselor, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, Florida; counselor in private practice helping former members of cults; former Board chairman and Clinical Director, Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center, Albany, Ohio. 

Cristina Caparesi, family mediation; doctor in Psychology and Psychodiagnostic/Psychological evaluation; editor, SOS Abusi Psicologici; cocorrespondent, ICSA Today. 

Linda Dubrow-Marshall, PhD, Reg. MBACP (Accred.), Research coeditor, ICSA Today; cofounder, RETIRN; Programme Leader, MSc Applied Psychology (Therapies) Programme; and codeveloper, MSc Psychology of Coercive Control, University of Salford, UK. 

Rod Dubrow-Marshall, PhD, MBPsS, Professor of Psychology, Visiting Fellow, Criminal Justice Hub, and codeveloper MSc Psychology of Coercive Control, University of Salford, UK; cofounder of RETIRN, UK; and coeditor of the International Journal of Cultic Studies. 

Steve K. D. Eichel, PhD, ABPP, CST, ICSA President; Past President, American Academy of Counseling Psychology; Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Delaware. 

Leona Furnari, MSW, LCSW, psychotherapist, Boulder, CO; Approved Consultant, EMDR International Association. 

Carol Giambalvo, thought-reform consultant (retired); cofounder, reFOCUS; member, ICSA Board of Directors; Director, ICSA’s Recovery Programs, Project Outreach. 

Lorna Goldberg, LCSW, PsyA. 

William Goldberg, LCSW, PsyA. 

Rosanne Henry, MA, LPC. 

Gillie Jenkinson, PhD, MA, UKCP-accredited, psychotherapist; mental health editor, ICSA Today. 

Lois Kendall, PhD, researcher, speaker, and author, cultic studies and sects. 

Patrick J. Knapp, MA, PhD candidate, founder and cofacilitator, Becoming Free, Denver, Colorado; mentor, Denver Seminary. 

Kristine Langone, BSW, California State University, Fresno; Christian former cult member. 

Michael D. Langone, PhD. 

Nancy Miquelon, LPCC, clinical mental health counselor, Dulce, New Mexico. cofounder, reFOCUS; facilitator, ICSA’s Recovery Workshop. 

Patricia Millar, PhD, PCC, doctor of Human Development, professional certified coach; certified conflict coach; research in life transitions and identity development; Adjunct Professor, Saybrook University. 

Judy Pardon, MEd, Associate Director, New England Institute of Religious Research (NEIRR) and of MeadowHaven, Lakeville, Massachusetts. 

Robert Pardon, MDiv, ThM, Executive Director, New England Institute of Religious Research (NEIRR) and of MeadowHaven, Lakeville, Massachusetts. 

Shelly Rosen, LCSW, psychotherapist in private practice, New York; Clinical Supervisor and instructor, National Institute for the Psychotherapies’ Integrative Trauma Program; instructor, The Training Institute for Mental Health. 

Gregory Sammons, MEd, LPC, Director, Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center, Albany, Ohio. 

Daniel Shaw, LCSW, psychoanalyst in private practice, New York; faculty and clinical supervisor, National Institute for the Psychotherapies, and Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis, New York. 

Lois Svoboda, MD, LMFT, private counselling practice; former family medicine physician and medical family therapist, Wichita, Kansas (retired). 

Madeleine L. Tobias, MS, RN, CS, clinical coordinator and Military Sexual Trauma Specialist, Veterans Administration (VA) Vet Center, White River Junction, Vermont (retired); Approved Consultant, EMDR International Association. 

Doni Whitsett, PhD, LCSW, Clinical Professor, University of Southern California, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

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