“Behave, Believe, Become – Or Not!”: Coercive Influence in High Demand Groups or Cults, and Partner/Spousal Abusive Relationships.
Former members of High Demand Groups or Cults (including those born and raised in them) often talk about therapists’ lack of understanding about recruitment/seduction, indoctrination, psychological manipulation and, in some cases, physical, sexual, financial abuse that they have experienced. I will present definitions of cults and processes of coercive influence in systems — cults, partner abuse, and families.”
We will review recovery issues in post-cult life. What makes any of us vulnerable to cult recruitment? With education and understanding, we can spot these harmful dynamics and take action.
Colleen Russell, LMFT, CGP has maintained a general private practice in Marin with an area of emphasis on High Demand Group or Cult Recovery. For the past 14 years she has facilitated an on-going group for former members every other Saturday.Since January, she has facilitated an online workshop for former members, including those born and raised, and survivors of partner/spousal abuse. Colleen works with individuals and families affected by cults and has presented on this population at various professional organizations. As a young adult, Colleen was involved in a High Demand Group for seven years.
Contact Information: 415-847-4103 (cell) www.colleenrussellmft.com
Location: Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, West Marin. Plenty of parking, 5 miles West of Fairfax on an easy drive through beautiful country. Indoor, outdoor seating, depending on weather.
Please note that fees for Open Studios are considered a donation to NCGPS and not payment to the presenters for services. As a result, there will be no credits or refunds if you are unable to attend the event.
Sat, September 9, 2017
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM PDT
Fee: $20 per person, per event. (Space is limited; sign up early!)
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