S P E C I A L E V E N T : O N E DAY W O R K S H O P
Jehovah’s Witnesses, Former Members and Families
May 12, 2012 - 9:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday May 12, 2012 9:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PA) 3549 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
This workshop will address the needs of through a series of brief didactic presentations followed by discussions, to which attendees may contribute according to their comfort levels.
Specifically, the workshop will address:
- 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
ICSA Members $25/person
Non-Members $50/person (includes one-year ICSA web membership)
If you would like to apply for financial assistance, please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) invites all current and former Jehovah'a Witnesses to attend our special workshop.
Attendees and facilitators will explore questions that are often central to the concerns of former members of cultic and non-cultic groups and families/friends troubled about a loved one's group involvement:
- About ICSA (who are we and why do we feel we can talk about the JW Organization)
- Exploring a psychological perspective (experiences in the organization as women, men, lgbt)
- Is the JW organization a cult? What's a cult anyway?
- How are cultic groups different from and similar to other kinds of groups?
- Why do people leave?
- Can departures be facilitated?
- What problems do people have when they leave?
- How can they manage these problems?
This event consists of directed discussions aimed at encouraging participants to describe their relevant experiences and explore their current opinions regarding the key questions listed above.
(Participants may choose not to contribute to discussions, if they wish.)
In short, the event will focus on attendees's experiences and views, not presenters prepared talks, so as to help attendees better understand these important questions and enhance their capacity to express themselves and help others as well as themselves.