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The 2010 International Conference

Changing Gods. Between Religion and Everyday Life

An International Conference organized by CESNUR, Italian Association of Sociology (AIS) - Sociology of Religions Section, and the School of Political Science - University of Torino

Torino, Italy, 9-11 September 2010

Università di Torino - Facoltà di Scienze Politiche - Via G. Plana 10


 

14-16 / Session 27 : Saturday, 11 September 2010

Responses to Harm and NRMs in Europe and North America

 

Chair: Eileen BARKER

The Helping Process in a Center for Cult Victims

Cristina CAPARESI (S.O.S.-Abusi Psicologici, Udine)

Facing the “Dark Side” of Cults: Balance of Fifteen Years Experience

Raffaella DI MARZIO (SIPR, Roma)

Cults, NRMs and Related Groups: What Governments Are Asked to Do; What Governments Should Consider

Michael KROPVELD (Info-cult, Montréal)

Harm, NRMs, and the Work of the International Cultic Studies Association

Michael D. LANGONE (ICSA, Bonita Springs)

Christianity and Alternative Medicine

Alessandro OLIVIERI PENNESI (GRIS, Roma)

 


 

Abstract

This session will examine how different organizations in Europe and North America have responded to harm associated with new religious movements (NRMs).  Talks will include:

 

"Harm, NRMs, and the Work of the International Cultic Studies Association" - Dr. Michael Langone will discuss the work of the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA).  He will explain the theoretical rationale of that work and will describe specific features of that work, including consultation, workshops, conferences, support groups, and training for mental health professionals.

"Facing the 'Dark Side' of Cults: Balance of Fifteen Years Experience" - Dott. Raffaella Di Marzio will discuss the rationale of various Italian responses to harm, including treatment of former members, consultation with families, and education designed to make young people more informed consumers in the spiritual marketplace.

"The Helping Process in a Center for Cult Victims" - Dott. Cristina Caparesi will elaborate upon an example of Italian responses by discussing the information, counseling, and education provided in a center for cult victims” in Udine, Italy.

"Christianity and Alternative Medicine" - Dott. Alessandro Pennesiwill discuss how the Catholic Church and other Christian denominations have addressed the challenges posed by cultic and other forms of alternative medicine.

"Cults, NRMs and Related Groups: What Governments are Asked to Do; What Governments Should Consider " - Michael Kropveld will discuss what people concerned about cult harms have asked of governments in Europe and North America and which governmental responses are appropriate and beneficial.