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' and use terms like 'brainwashing' or 'mind control.'
Among people who advertise themselves as 'cult experts', consultants, counselors, interventionists, or what-not, one can find:
a) effective, ethical professionals who have had formal training in mental health counseling
b) and lay experts -- usually well-connected with various professionals, as well as
c) loose canons, charlatans and sundry unethical types more interested in gossip and self-promotion than in helping others.
The Title 'Cult Expert' is Not Protected
The title 'cult expert' is not protected: anyone can call him- or herself that — without having to meet any qualifications, obtain credentials, or even having had any formal training.
The same is true for the title 'intervention specialist.'
When you are looking for a cult expert, you soon learn that some are trained and licensed mental health counselors, while others have no formal counseling training.
Some 'experts' rile against a particular religion, and 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 leading cult experts and others.
CultExperts.org intends to make it easier to find the effective, ethical professionals and lay experts.
Need Help Now?
If you need a cult expert, please see:
Cult Experts in the News
Religion News Blog's archive of cult expert news articles
Meanwhile, for more information about cults, see CultFAQ.org.
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