Conference: Recovering From Spiritual Abuse

Recovering From Spiritual Abuse

A Conference for Churches, Survivors, and Helpers

Learn How Casualties of Authoritarian Churches and Christian Groups Can Begin to Find Healing and Wholeness

Recovering from Spiritual Abuse

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Who Should Attend?

This conference provides information and guidance for:

  • Those who have experienced spiritual abuse in cults, relationships, or mainstream religious organizations.
  • Professionals and other persons who want to help spiritual abuse survivors.
  • Church personnel and volunteers who want to make their churches more welcoming and healing to survivors of spiritual abuse.

Some Topics

  • Signs of an Abusive Christian Group
  • Recovering My Walk with God
  • Misapplied Scriptures: How? Why?
  • Oppressive Legalism vs. God’s Grace
God will restore to you

“So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten… You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied…” Joel 2:25-26


Speakers include

  • Ron Burks, PhD, holds an MDiv and an MA in counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary and a PhD in Counselor Education from Ohio University.
  • David Clark, a thought reform consultant from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has been active in this field for more than 30 years.
  • Doug and Wendy Duncan: former members of a pseudo-Christian, Bible-based cult. Several years after leaving, they became active in cult awareness activities.
  • Rev. Kenneth Garrett, DMin, is senior pastor of Grace Church, located in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. For 12-years Ken and his wife Sharon belonged to a high-demand, abusive church whose members lived communally, practicing an overbearing, extreme form of the Christian faith.
  • William and Lorna Goldberg, both licensed clinical social workers and psychoanalysts with over forty years experience working with former cult members.
  • Joseph F. Kelly, a thought reform consultant since 1988.
  • Michael Kropveld is Founder and Executive Director of Info-Cult / Info-Secte, based in Montreal, Canada.
  • Michael D. Langone, PhD. Since 1981 he has been Executive Director of International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA), a tax-exempt research and educational organization concerned about psychological manipulation and cultic groups.
  • Bob and Judy Pardon operate MeadowHaven, a long-term rehabilitation facility that can accommodate individuals or families who require long-term (up to a year) care to recover from trauma and cultic abuse.
  • Patrick Ryan, a cult intervention specialist (exit counseling, mediation, religious conflict resolution, thought reform consulting) since 1984
  • … and many others

View the complete list of speakers with full profiles.

Additional Conference Details

Detailed information, include conference agenda, suggested reading material, possibility of financial assistance, and more.

You may also want to complete the Spiritual Abuse Survey.


October 26 (9:00 am) — October 27 (6:00 pm), 2018


DoubleTree Bradley International Airport Hotel, Hartford, CT


Online Registration Form

– $100/person ($150 after August 31, 2018)
– Student rate: $50 ($75 after August 31, 2018)

Not yet a member of ICSA? You will receive a free ICSA web membership with their full conference registration ($50 value).


DoubleTree Bradley International Airport Hotel. Special Conference Rate: $129/night (plus tax). Cut-off date is October 8, 2018. After that date, the special rate cannot be guaranteed.


This conference is co-sponsored by MeadowHaven — a refuge for former members of high control, destructive groups to rest, heal, and grow — and the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA), a global network of people concerned about psychological manipulation and abuse in cultic or high-demand groups, alternative movements, and other environments.

Contact Information, a program of International Cultic Studies Association
Phone: 001-239-514-3081

Flyer and Signup Form

Recovering From Spiritual Abuse Conference

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Apologetics Index is a supporting member of ICSA. Our website provides research resources on religious movements, cults, sects, world religions and related issues. Our focus in on helping those who have experienced spiritual abuse.

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