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RAISED IN A CULT:
HEALING FROM THE PAST

Thank you for your interest in this course, which is specifically for those who were born and/or raised in a cult. We will explore fundamental questions about human nature, human development, group dynamics, abuse and control, trauma and trauma responses, and triumphs of the human spirit in the face of mistreatment, loss, and suffering.


Children born and/or raised in a cult have very different experiences and aftereffects than individuals who joined as adults. The course includes 5 two-hour sessions and costs $250. Each session will include one or two brief presentations, as well as time for Questions and Answers. Each session will also include skills from co-founder Sally’s Toolbox to assist in managing emotional reactions. Participants will be sent short readings and optional homework before each session.

 

SESSION SUMMARIES

 

FIRST SESSION

Session 1 begins by addressing such questions as: What does it mean that we weren’t there by choice? What was the effect of the ongoing indoctrination? Why didn’t my parents protect me? To tackle these questions and provide some answers, Janja will explain her bounded choice framework and theory.


This framework illustrates that all cults share specific features that help control the members – and that cult leaders tend to capitalize on their followers’ idealism, intelligence, utopian dreams, and intense dedication. The bounded choice framework will help participants see the internal social pressures and controlling mechanisms that are used to manage and exploit the membership.

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After the course is finished, participants are sent an Evaluation Form (anonymous).


We hope that these are completed by everyone, as we very much look forward to feedback so that we can continually improve our courses.


Janja, Beth and Sally are looking forward to embarking on this journey with you.  Thank you for your interest.

 

COURSE CALENDAR

JULY 9
JULY 16
JULY 23
JULY 30
AUGUST 6

This series spans over five Saturdays during the following times:
Eastern Standard Time: 12pm-2pm
Central, Standard Time: 11am-1pm
Mountain Standard Time: 10am-12pm
Pacific Standard Time: 9am-11am