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The 2011  ICSA International Conference

Psychological Manipulation, Cultic Groups, Social Addictions and Harm

An International Conference organized by ICSA and AIS, with the collaboration of the Info-Cult/Info-Secte and the University of Barcelona

Barcelona, July, 7-9, 2011 

 Session 1: Saturday, July 2011

Applying Conflict Resolution and Mediation to Cultic and Related Problems


Chair: Mike Kropveld

SPEAKERS: Dott.ssa Cristina Caparesi;; Dott.ssa Raffaella Di Marzio; Patricia Millar, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Session 1


Mediating to Settle Conflicts in Cultic Groups: Some Useful Methodologies 



This paper reports the author‘s experience giving volunteer assistance and information in a listening centre, and then through a Centre for Online Consultancy and Information in Italy. The paper covers nearly 15 years of experience and is addressed to people involved in cults, to relatives concerned about a loved one affiliated with a cult or new spiritual movement, and to people helping cults‘ victims. The paper gives an overall evaluation of the author‘s experience in mediation attempts among conflicting groups and/or people. The mediation process will be described in three different contexts:

Between concerned parents and affiliated children

Between families and NRMs that children joined

Between NRMs‘ satisfied members and NRMs‘ hostile ex-members