Professional Resources

Here is a list of resources by sociologists, professors and cult researchers who have published their findings.

INTERNATIONAL CULTIC STUDIES ASSOCIATION – Founded in 1979*, the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is a global network of people concerned about psychological manipulation and abuse in cultic and other high-control environments. ICSA is tax-exempt, supports civil liberties, and is not affiliated with any religious or commercial organizations. ICSA is unique in how it brings together former group members, families, helping professionals and researchers.


The Family Survival Trust is a registered charity in Europe whose mission is to prevent, and to provide information on coercive control, cultic behaviour and psychological manipulation. We support those affected by groups that use these techniques. We educate regarding the risks these groups pose to individuals and society and seek appropriate controls on these groups’ activities.

TAKE BACK YOUR LIFE – Janja Lalich and Madeliene Tobias. Cult victims and those who have suffered abusive relationships often suffer from fear, confusion, low-self esteem, and post-traumatic stress. Take Back Your Life explains the seductive draw that leads people into such situations, provides guidelines for assessing what happened, and hands-on tools for getting back on track. Written for the victims, their families, and professionals, this book leads readers through the healing process. A resource list and numerous personal accounts of those who have successfully made the transition to the “normal” world provide help and inspiration.

GILLIE JENKINSON – works at Hope Valley Counselling in the UK, specialising in support for former members of cults and survivors of other extreme groups, undue influence, and spiritual abuse.

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