ICSA, which sponsors the Spiritual Safe Haven Network, has four main constituencies:
- helping professionals (mental health, clergy, lawyers, educators)
- academic researchers
- former members of cultic groups; other victims of spiritual/psychological abuse
- families concerned about a loved one involved in an abusive group or relationship.
Many former members of cultic groups are also academicians, helping professionals, and family members. For this reason former group members constitute more than half of ICSA’s network.
ICSA members and volunteers span religious and political spectra.
The common belief that holds them together is that human beings should be treated with dignity and should not be exploited, deceived, or manipulated to serve agendas other than their own.
Because of ICSA’s diversity, churches, synagogues, and other religious organizations will find a wide array of potential speakers:
- mental health professionals
- clergy and religious educators from a variety of faith traditions
- victims of cultic groups and/or spiritual or psychological abuse
- families of victims
Although our supporters are scattered geographically, we may be able to find an appropriate local speaker for you. If you can pay for travel expenses, more potential speakers will, of course, be available.
If your faith community is interested in sponsoring an educational program on spiritual abuse and/or cults, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We prefer that you first take out an institutional membership and then tell us:
- Your name, organization, address, phone, fax, e-mail
- Who the audience will be (e.g., church staff, a congregation, youth ministers)
- How many people you expect to attend
- Where the event will take place
- When the event will take place (date and times)
- What you would like a speaker or speakers to talk about
- How much you can contribute toward travel expenses
- How much you can contribute toward an honorarium
After we receive this information, we will contact you and discuss the options.
Please note: ICSA’s intent is to help you find an appropriate speaker. Individuals whose names we give you may be independent of ICSA. The opinions of all speakers are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ICSA’s directors, staff, volunteers, members, or supporters.