Exit counseling is a voluntary approach to helping those involved in cults
make informed decisions about their group affiliation. It is used instead of the controversial process of involuntary deprogramming
, which involves coercion.
Note, however, that some counselors claim exit counseling can be either voluntary or involuntary. To eliminate confusion, a number of exit counselors committed to doing only voluntary interventions have formed an organization of Thought Reform Consultants
- the members of which have agreed to abide by a statement of ethical standards