How to select a cult expert
Countless people are - or have been - caught up in manipulative cults, abusive churches, or destructive relationships (so-called 'one-on-one cults'). Many make it out by themselves, or with the help of friends and family. Others need intervention and/or follow-up counseling.
Experts, Consultants, Ect.
When you need help, you'll run into terms like: 'cult expert,' 'thought reform consultant,' 'exit counselor,' 'intervention specialist,' etcetera. The media often still refers to 'deprogramming' from 'brainwashing' or 'mind control.'
As in every line of work, among 'cult experts' one can find
a) effective, ethical professionals and lay experts, as well as
b) loose canons, charlatans and sundry unethical types more interested in gossip and self-promotion than in helping others.
Some are trained and licensed mental health counselors, while others have no formal counseling training.
Some rile against a particular religion, and yet try to address cults or perceived cults of that religion without having a working knowledge of it's theology.
Many cult experts are listed or affiliated with -- and/or recommended by -- recognized organizations such as the International Cultic Studies Assocation -- 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.
Others are largely self-promoted and have a lengthy history of controversies.
One cult watcher in particular appears to major in self-promotion, while frequently engaging in attacks on cult experts and others.
Which reminds us: check whether someone who calls himself a 'cult expert' produces his own material, or merely copies (or in the case of Twitter, plagiarizes) the work of others under the guise of 'education.'
CultExperts.org intends to make it easier to find the effective, ethical professionals and lay experts.
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