Descriptions of Internet Resources Listed
International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA)
web site: www.csj.org
P.O. Box 2265
Bonita Springs, FL 34133
Bookstore: www.cultinfobooks.com - Subscribe to our Cultic Studies Review to keep abreast of developments in this field.
Founded in 1979, International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is a nonprofit research center and educational organization, whose mission is "to study psychological manipulation and cultic groups, to educate the public and professionals, and to assist those who have been adversely affected by a cult experience." International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) maintains an Internet site, sells information packages on a variety of cultic organizations, and publishes Cult Studies Journal, The Cult Observer, and Young People and Cults.
Carol Giambalvo's Cult Information and Recovery
Carol Giambalvo - Thought Reform Consultant - AFF Project Outreach Coordinator, Director of Recovery
web site: < http://hometown.aol.com/carol2180/index.htm>
P.O. Box 2180
Flagler Beach, FL 32136
Carol Giambalvo’s interest in cults and thought reform began in 1978 when her step-daughter began exhibiting a drastic personality change following becoming a devotee in ISKCON. She began researching cults and thought reform and lectured in local high schools, churches and civic organizations. The more information she gathered on the indoctrination processes and thought reform used in cults, the more concerns arose about her involvement in est and The Hunger Project. In 1983, she and her husband, Noel, left their associations with est, The Hunger Project and Sterling Institute and began a personal search for information to aid their recovery process. Since 1984, Carol has done exit counseling C and writing in the field, as well as serving as director with several organization’s boards, organizing and conducting recovery workshops and working with hundreds of people who have walked away from destructive cults. Carol is married to Noel Giambalvo and currently resides in Florida. She is the parent of two adult children, the grandparent of two; and the step-parent of three, with seven grandchildren.
National Board of Directors, Cult Awareness Network (CAN) , 1988-91.
FOCUS (a support group for former cult members which became a committee of CAN in 1993), National Coordinator from 1986-90; Secretary, Board of Directors, 1990-94
reFOCUS, (a network of referral and support for former members of closed, high demand groups, relationships or cults) A co-founding board member, secretary, 11/94; president, 3/97 to present
AFF Board of Directors, 1995 to present; member of the Advisory Board, Chairperson of Thought Reform Consulting Committee, Coordinator of Project Outreach; Director of Recovery Programs, Advisory Board of AFF News.
CAN, New York/New Jersey affiliate (now known as the Cult Information Service),: Cult Information Service, P.O. Box 867, Teaneck, New Jersey 07666 (201) 833-1212 Executive Committee, 1985-91; Board of Directors, 1984-91.
Churches, temples, service organizations, high schools and universities (including N.Y.U., Columbia, University of Miami, Florida International University, University of Central Florida, Hofstra)
Appearances on national television: Morton Downey Jr. Show, Oprah, Canadian Broadcasting Network’s Fifth Estate documentary on The Hunger Project, CBS: For Our Times; Inside Edition, Today Show.
Many radio interviews, especially during the time of the Waco tragedy
Interviews and quotes in many newspapers, magazines and journal articles, including Psychiatric Times.
Hall of Fame Award, National Cult Awareness Network, 1991
1993 Herbert L. Rosedale Humanitarian Award, AFF
Cult Information Center (CIC)
web site: http://www.cultinformation.org.uk/home.html
location: BCM Cults
London WCIN 3XX England
telephone: 0870 777 3800
fax: 01689 830 860
contact: Ian Haworth
CIC is an educational charity providing advice and information for victims of cults, their families and friends, researchers and the media. CIC was founded in 1987 and became a registered Charity (No. 1012914) in 1992. It was the first educational organisation focusing critical concern on the harmful methods of the cults to be granted charitable status in the United Kingdom.
CIC is concerned about the use of deceptive and manipulative methods used by cults to recruit and indoctrinate unsuspecting members of society.
CIC believes that these cult methods present a threat to the well-being of the individual and the family.
Consequently CIC sees the need for gathering and disseminating accurate information on cultism and aims to meet that need.
Cult Information Service, Inc.
New Jersey 07666
Tel: (201) 833-1212
Cult Information Service, Inc. is a tax-exempt, non-profit, educational, self-help organization. It is made up primarily of volunteers and dedicated to:
1. Educating the public about the danger and harmful effects of mind control used by destructive cults.
2. Providing support and referral to victims and those affected.
3. Providing information for professionals and people interested in researching destructive cults and cultic behavior.
The Cult Information Service, Inc. uses a telephone handshake network to get information and help to people quickly.
It is important to note that the Cult Information Service limits its concerns about destructive groups to unethical or illegal practices. It does not pass judgement on doctrine or beliefs.
The Cult Information Service is dedicated to education, information and assistance to families and individuals adversely affected by coercive persuasion, mind abuse and thought reform. The phone number to call for help is (201) 833-1212.
Cults R Us: Killer Cults
A lively web site with information on a number of cult groups, including Jim Jone's People's Temple, David Koresh's Branch Davidians, the Solar Temple, Heaven's Gate, and others.
Das elektronische Informationssystem über Sekten, Religions und Weltanschauungsgemeinschaften in Deutschland
(The information-site on Sects and Cults in Germany and worldwide)
A good web site, in German and English, on cults. Also includes a search mechanism.
Dialog Center International (DCI)
DK-8200 Aarhus N
tel: 45 86 10 54 11
fax: 45 86 10 54 16
"The Dialog Center is the name of a nationwide network, founded as a result of the growth of New Religious Movements (NRMs) in Denmark and elsewhere. The purpose of the Dialog Center is to communicate the Christian faith to people of other beliefs and convictions in a dialog." Available in English, Danish, and German.
P.O. Box 7565
VA 22207 USA
tel: (202) 728-7580
Fax: (703) 841-2385
The Ex-Cult Archive covers a wide range of groups, and includes excellent lists of cult groups, counseling/recovery resources, suggested reading and viewing, and more.
False Memory Syndrome Foundation (FMSF)
3401 Market ST
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3315
Fax: (215) 287-1917
"While our awareness of childhood sexual abuse has increased enormously in the last decade and the horrors of its consequences should never be minimized, there is another side to this situation, namely that of the consequences of false allegations where whole families are split apart and terrible pain inflicted on everyone concerned. This side of the story needs to be told."
Good Catholic Information
Good Catholic Information provides a great deal of information on Catholicism, but also includes a section on cults which assesses cult groups based upon their use of mind control (rather than strictly on doctrine). The mission of Good Catholic Information is to "define the scriptural, historical and theological truth of Roman Catholicism; deepen its knowledge, understanding and appreciation; provide for its common defense; and specifically help those challenged by anti-Catholic cults, sects, denominations or religions." Their site includes a special "Counter Cult Counsel" section at www.goodcathinfo.com/cccounsel.htm.
In English: http://www.math.mcgill.ca/triples/infocult/ic-new.html
5655 avenue du Parc, Bureau 208
Montréal (Québec), Canada H2V 4H2
Tél. (514) 274-2333 Fax (514) 274-7576
Info Cult is an information and resource center that provides counseling, consulting, referrals and preventive preventative education on the subject of cults. Info Cult studies trends in the phenomenon of cults as a whole and also provides information on a wide range of specific groups, including many European cults.
A Jewish Response to Cults
633 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017-6778
"The mass suicide in California on March 27, 1977 demonstrates once again that cults continue to be a dangerous lure to American youth, particularly the brightest, most creative and talented people, according to the author of the just-published A Jewish Response to Cults." "A Jewish Reponse to Cults" is a book which may be ordered from the UAHC Press by calling the above telephone number. The cost is $8.95.
New England Institute of Religious Research
A Christian-based web site. "Welcome to the New England Institute of Religious Research web page! Destructive groups (spiritual, psychological, and physical) are proliferating all over the landscape of our society. Did You Know that since the beginning of this century new religions have increased 18 times their number."
P.O. Box 2180
Flagler Beach, FL 32136
reFocus, or the recovering Former Cultists Support Network, is an excellent Internet resource of cult-help and recovery information and suppport, providing "recovery resources for folks hurt by their involvement with abusive and controlling organizations and relationships." reFOCUS gives a list of local support locations, including sites in: San Franciso and Sacramento, CA; Denver, CO; St. Petersburg, FL; Boston, MA; Minneapolis, MN; Bozeman, MT; Englewood, Midland Park, and South Orange, NJ; New York, NY; Hebron, OH; and Philadelphia, PA. reFOCUS also provides former member contacts, support organizations, and more.
Religious Movement Resource Center
629 S Howes Street
Fort Collins, CO 80521
tel: (970) 490-2032
contact: Hal Mansfield, MA, Director
In recent years there has been a dramatic growth in the number of people involved in destructive cults and hate groups. There are several reasons for this including economic unrest, changes in value systems in our society, and more people looking for the "truth".
The Center provides information on destructive cults and hate groups as well as providing services including counseling, legal referrals, an extensive library, conducting workshops, and much more. We are part of United Campus Ministry at Colorado State University and Interfaith of Fort Collins.We define a destructive cult as an organization that inhibits individual freedom of thought through the use of violence, deception and mind control. We don't define what is a destructive cult by a particular belief system or theology, but rather how an organization operates. The director of the center is Hal Mansfield. Most of Hal's experience comes from investigating the cult phenomenon since 1978 and founding the center in 1981. Hal also holds college degrees including a B.S. in Physical Sciences with a teaching concentration along with a Master's degree in counseling. If you are in need of assistance, we invite you to call or write us. We want to hear from you.
Religious Studies Network Resources
This site is an extensive list of resources relating to religions and cults.
The Resource Center for Freedom of Mind
web site: www.freedomofmind.com
location: PO Box 45223, Somerville, MA 02145-0002
telephone: (617) 628-9918
The Resource Center for Freedom of Mind is dedicated to respect for human rights, spirituality, and consumer awareness. They endeavor to be a safe place one can turn to for news, information, counseling and other vital resources. They believe that only you have the right to control your mind..
Rick Ross: Expert Consultant and Intervention Specialist
Cult Expert, Exit Counselor, Media Consultant, Expert Witness, Lecturer
web site: < http://www.rickross.com>
location: PO Box 32906
Phoenix, AZ 85064-2906
telephone: (602) 956-0325
fax: (602) 224-1383
Video: Cults: An Educational Volume with Rick Ross
Rick Ross began his work in 1982 and has done intervention work with hundreds of cult members and responded to thousands of inquiries. Rick has responded to and worked with a wide range of groups--everything from Amway to the Boston Church of Christ to militia groups. He has worked extensively with national and international media, served as an expert witness in lawsuits, and is cited in books such as "Snapping", "See No Evil" and "Cults & Consequences." He is available for consultation (via email, phone and fax), expert testimony, lectures and media research. Rick also maintains a web site with a vast range of related information.
SCP (Spiritual Counterfeits Project)
tel: (510) 540-0300
"Welcome to the SCP (Spiritual Counterfeits Project) web site. Since 1973, the SCP has been a frontline ministry confronting the occult, the cults, and the New Age movement and explaining why they are making an impact on our society. In the name of truth, sophisticated lies are fed to unwary people who live in and shape our world."
Joseph P. Szimhart: Cult Information Specialist
Cult Expert, Exit Counselor, Media Consultant
web site: < http://home.dejazzd.com/jszimhart>
telephone: (610) 385-9454
Joe Szimhart is a cult information specialist and thought reform consultant whose work includes education, research, and non-coercive intervention regarding controversial, high-demand groups, psychotherapies, and relationships that use thought reform techniques. He has personally helped many hundreds of people impacted by a wide spectrum of cult activity. Since 1983 he has appeared on dozens of TV and radio programs worldwide and has been consulted by the media regularly, including 20/20, A Current Affair, and others.
Burke, NY 12917 USA
"Championing psychological freedoms in cults, corporations, and family groups, trancenet.org is a human rights and consumer protection nonprofit championing psychological freedoms in cults, corporations, nations, and family groups. We provide the public, media, and professionals with unfiltered information about exploitative psychological techniques and those who use them." trancenet.org is a nonprofit organization.
Understanding Cult Mind Control, by Steven Hassan
PO Box 686
Boston, MA 02258
telephone: (617) 628-9918
Steve Hassan is author of Combatting Cult Mind Control, the number one best-selling guide to recovery from destructive cults. Hassan holds a master's degree in counseling psychology from Cambridge College and has been involved in educating the public about destructive cults in America for over twenty years.
Victim-Assistance Online: A Comprehensive Resource Center
"Victim-Assistance (V-A) is a relatively new but rapidly expanding field which seeks to aid the victims and survivors of crime or tragedy with emotional support, practical aid and advocacy." This site includes extensive lists of links for victim support groups and resources for numerous victim areas, including child abuse, missing children, stalking, harassment, and psychological trauma.
Watchman Fellowship is a "ministry of Christian discernment" with educational materials and links to over 1000 groups and doctrines. Watchman's mission with its web site is "to present a readily accessible Christian response to cults and new religious movements."
Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center
PO Box 67
Albany, OH 45710
tel: (614) 698-6277
Wellspring is a residential treatment facility for persons traumataized through abusive relationships and cultic organizations, the only such facility in the world.
References on Skepticism
CSICOP: Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal
Amherst, NY, 14226
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CSICOP "encourages the critical investigation of paranormal and fringe-science claims from a responsible, scientific point of view and disseminates factual information about the results of such inquiries to the scientific community and the public." It also promotes science and scientific inquiry, critical thinking, science education, and the use of reason in examining important issues.
Skeptics Society/Skeptic Magazine
P.O. Box 338
Altadena, CA 91001
Tel: (626) 794-3119
Fax: (626) 794-1301
"Welcome to Skeptic.com, the official website of the Skeptics Society. Our award-winning site is your pathway to critical thinking, where everything must pass under the magnifying glass of scrutiny."
British Columbia Society for Skeptical Inquiry
P.O. Box 48844
Vancouver, B.C., Canada V7X 1A8
"The BC Skeptics support the aims of CSICOP, The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, To provide a reliable source of information to the public and media on claims of the paranormal; to provide public education in areas of scientific method and paranormal claims; to facilitate open-minded testing of paranormal claims; to provide a forum for the exchange of views."
Other Skeptics' Internet sites with information on mind control