I know it's short notice but:-
International Cultic Studies Association
Formerly AFF, American Family Foundation &
The Psychology Faculty, Universidad AutÃ³noma de Madrid
Psychological Manipulation, Cultic Groups, and Other Alternative Movements
Madrid, Spain, July 14-16, 2005
The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is an interdisciplinary network of academicians, professionals, former group members, and families who study and educate the public about social-psychological influence and control, authoritarianism, and zealotry in cultic groups, alternative movements, and other environments. Founded in 1979 as AFF (American Family Foundation), ICSA took on its current name in late 2004 to better reflect the organization's focus and increasingly international and scholarly dimensions.
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Carmen Almendros is a Ph.D. candidate in the Clinical and Health Psychology Program at the Universidad AutÃ³noma de Madrid. She is a research and teaching staff member at the Biological and Health Psychology Department at the same university.
Ferran Alonso is responsible for the totalistic groups unit in the Catalan police force, Mossos d'Esquadra. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Social Psychology.
Lourdes ArgÃ¼elles, Ph.D. (New York University), is Professor and Researcher of Cultural Studies and Education at Claremont Graduate University, California. A leading voice in human rights for Latino immigrants in the United States, she currently focuses on the fields of interdisciplinary and communities studies and the impact of religious trends on immigrant populations, particularly minority children and women. She holds a post-doctoral certification in clinical psychology and law from the University of York, Canada. Dr. Arguelles has worked extensively as a psychotherapist for political refugees from around the world who have been victims of torture and terrorism. She is on the editorial board of several journals, including Multicultural Social Work, Latino Studies and Revista AcadÃ©mica para el Estudio de las Religiones. Some of her publications include editing the Special Issue â€œBuddhism in Las Americasâ€