Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Surviving and Moving On After a High Demand Group Experience Workshop for Second-Generation Former Members

When: Friday 3:00 p.m. March 30, 2012 to Sunday 2:00 p.m. April 1, 2012
Where: Workshop Location: Trinity Conference Center, 79 Lower River Road, West Cornwall, CT 06796 ( 860-672-1000).

Info: The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) has run workshops for former members of high-demand, “cultic” groups for many years. In recent years increasing numbers of people born or raised in such groups (i.e., “second generation adults” - SGAs) have attended these workshops. 

These ex-members have special needs, which can be most effectively addressed through a workshop that focuses on them.  SGAs do not have a “pre-cult identity” to which they can return. SGAs raised in fringe subcultures have to learn the implicit rules and expectations of mainstream culture. SGAs frequently have educational and other skill deficits that interfere with adjustment to mainstream culture. Having grown up in high-control groups that are often based on irrational belief systems, SGAs tend to struggle with issues of dependency, self-esteem, and social conflict. Because many SGAs were physically or sexually abused, they often have to deal with anger, resentment, and other emotions related to trauma.

This workshop will address the needs of SGAs through a series of brief didactic presentations (supplemented by written handouts) followed by discussions, to which attendees may contribute according to their comfort levels. Specifically, the workshop will address:

The conference center  is located on a bend in the Housatonic River, just a half-mile from the covered bridge in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, on 500 forested acres. The Center is two hours from New York, an hour-and-a-half from Albany, three hours from Boston, and an hour from Hartford and Bradley International Airport (BDL).
  •  critical thinking
  •  socialization, culture shock, and acculturation
  •  psychological development, child abuse and neglect
  •  parenting styles, boundaries, and trust
  •  long-term psychological, educational, and emotional effects of growing up in a culture of abuse and neglect
  • relationships with families and others