2017-08-26 ICSA NBCC Approval

ICSA NBCC Approval

26 August 2017

In case you haven’t heard, ICSA is thrilled to announce that we have been approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to be an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP). This means that ICSA will be able to develop and administer courses that offer mental health professionals continuing education (CE) credits. Of course, state licensing boards have the final say in what CE credits are acceptable.

Events That Offer CE Credits. The following events will offer CE hours for mental health professionals. International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6893. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. ICSA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Understanding Abusive Spiritual Systems and Relationships. Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee; October 14, 2017. 6 CE hours for mental health professionals. More information.

IPS-ICSA Cult Recovery: Gaining Insight Into the Experience and Inner Life of Group Leaders, Members, and Concerned Families. Fort Lee, New Jersey; October 15, 2017. 6 CE hours for mental health professionals. More information.

High-Control Groups: Helping Former Members and Families. Santa Fe, New Mexico; November 3–5, 2017. 10.5 CE hours available for mental health professionals. More information.

Call for Papers. 2018 ICSA Annual Conference: The global challenge of young people born, raised, or recruited into extremist groups, abusive religious organizations, or coercive/exploitative relationships, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; July 5–7, 2017. More information.

ICSA will begin “ICSA Conversations” in New York City next month. ICSA Conversations are 20 – 30 minute talks followed by an hour or more of discussion. We hope to organize ICSA Conversations in different cities so as to enhance local ICSA networks. We are testing the concept in NY.

If you have ideas for topics, particularly those related to spiritual abuse, and/or if you would like to help organize ICSA Conversations in your area, please contact us: mail@icsamail.com.

Rod Dubrow-Marshall and Linda Dubrow-Marshall report, “we are very pleased to announce that we have designed a new MSc Psychology of Coercive Control programme at the University of Salford, Greater Manchester, England, UK which will begin in September 2017. This course covers coercive and controlling behavior in relationships, families, groups (including sects), gangs, and in human trafficking. Individual modules can be taken, and there is also the option for a Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate. Information about applying for this programme.

Gregory Sammons and Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center will hold a 3-day educational course in Portland, Oregon; the course is titled Understanding Manipulation, Influence, and Coercion for Survivors, Friends, Family, and Parishioners.

Vennie Kocsis reports that she now has a “syndicated radio show which will be called Survivor Voices…. The station has a listening base in the millions and is governed by the FCC. I will be on every other Friday starting 8/25 from 6–8 EST. The page to follow on Facebook to listen in live or on archives is fb.com/SurvivorVoicesShow.”

We are planning several local conferences with a focus on spiritual abuse in Indianapolis, Seattle, Orlando, and Boston. If you have ideas for topics/speakers or if you would like to help organize other local conferences, please contact us: mail@icsamail.com

We have put together a booklet to serve as a resource for spiritual abuse conferences. You’ll find a PDF of the booklet here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4dmoPK1tYNjUVBSbmFyOHZabGM/view?usp=sharing

We can send you copies of this booklet for cost plus postage approximately. Let us know if you are interested in receiving any: mail@icsamail.com.