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Annual Conference

Join us for the 2019 ICSA Annual Conference at University of Salford

Theme: Coercive Control and the Psychology of Influence across Comparative Contexts – Implications for Policy, Practice and the Criminal Justice Process

Greater Manchester, UK | July 4-6, 2019 






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Continuing Education for Mental Health

Cult Survivor Sessions

Call for Papers

Deadline is October 31, 2018

The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is conducting its 2019 Annual International Conference jointly with Info-Secte/Info-Cult of Montreal and the Directorate of Psychology and Public Health and the Criminal Justice Hub and Connected Lives Diverse Realities Research Group at the University of Salford, UK, from July 4 – 6, 2019 (preconference workshops on Wednesday July 3, 2019). 


The conference theme is coercive control and the psychology of influence across comparative contexts and the implications for policy, practice (across psychology, counselling, social work, public health, law and other professions) and for the criminal justice process (across jurisdictions). Papers and panels will focus on subjects such as coercive control, abuse and persuasion in domestic and familial settings, human trafficking, and gangs, and in radicalization, extremist groups, and cults/sects. The conference will also focus on community-based solutions to prevent and reduce extremism, violence, and oppression and will examine contemporary practice developments in the prevention of and exit and recovery from coercion, abuse, and extremism across a range of cultural contexts.

The conference committee is especially interested in proposals related to the conference theme. However, the committee will consider proposals on all aspects of the phenomenon of coercive control and cultic influence, including victims’ perspectives, psychological and social manipulation, religious fanaticism, domestic abuse, trafficking, radicalization, terrorism, law enforcement, treatment, prevention, and legal, social, and public-policy aspects of manipulation and victimization. The conference will address the needs and interests of ICSA’s four main constituencies: former group members, families, helping 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.

Attendees and speakers at past conferences have been diverse, including academicians, researchers, helping professionals, former and current group members, families, clergy, educators, and others. Individual presenters at ICSA’s annual conference will have up to 45 minutes for paper delivery and audience discussion. Panel organizers have 90 minutes for the panel and audience discussion. It is recommended that no more than three people will normally speak on a panel.


If you wish to submit a proposal for a paper or panel, complete and submit the Call for Papers form. 

Submission Deadline: October 31, 2018.  The conference committee will not consider submissions after the deadline date.

Conference Committee

The ICSA Conference Committee provides advice and assistance on the development and execution of ICSA events. The committee also evaluates proposals submitted in response to the annual conference's call for papers.

Members of the Committee
Ashley Allen, MSW
Carmen Almendros, PhD
Rod Dubrow-Marshall, PhD
Steve K. D. Eichel, PhD
Carol Giambalvo
Lorna Goldberg, LCSW, PsyA
Roseanne Henry, MA, LPC
Michael Kropveld
Michael Langone, PhD
Ann Stamler, MA, MPhil
Additional Committee Members for the 2019 Annual Conference at the University of Salford, UK
Linda Dubrow-Marshall, PhD
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