Deprogramming refers to a process that reverses alleged brainwashing.
Exit counseling is a voluntary approach to helping those involved in cults make informed decisions about their group affiliation. But beware of some opportunists who market themselves as 'cult expert' or 'intervention specialist.'
Thought reform consultants are committed to voluntary exit-counseling. Exit-counseling itself was designed to replace involuntary deprogramming. However, at one time some organizations and individuals blurred the distinction between the two practices by claiming both could be either voluntary or involuntary. A number of exit counselors committed to doing only voluntary interventions have formed an organization of Thought Reform Consultants, the members of which agree to abide by these Ethical Standards for Thought Reform Consultants Articles Ethical Standards for Thought Reform …