We are happy to announce silentlambs will be making at presentation at the AFF Conference October 14-16 in Atlanta , Georgia . If you would like to attend reservation information can be found at the link below. The AFF is one of the foremost organizations in helping understand how cults and other organizations work that have a negative impact on members. We are happy to participate and feel this will be an uplifting educational opportunity for those that wish to attend. We hope to see you there!






AFF Cult Information Bookstore



(subject to change)


Preconference Workshops (Oct. 14 th )

v       Former Group Members   ( 10:00 – 5:00 )

Carol Giambalvo; Joseph Kelly [for former group members only]

v       Family Members ( 10:00 – 5:00 )

Livia Bardin, M.S.W.; P at rick Ryan

v       Born or Raised in Cultic Groups ( 7:00 – 9:00 )

Lois Kendall [for people born o r r aised in cultic groups only – no observers]


Conference Program (Oct. 15-16)

v       Guru Traps in P sychotherapy – Helen W. Coale, L.C.S.W., L.M.F.T.

v       Points and Perspectives: Readers & Author Together Discussing Bounded Choice: True Believers and Charismatic Cults - Author: Janja Lalich, P h.D.; Miriam Williams Boeri, P h.D.; J. Anna Looney; Alexandra Stein; Benjamin Zablocki, P h.D.

v       Cults 101 - Michael D. Langone, P h.D.

v       Born or Raised in Cults: A Panel of Ex-Members - Lois Kendall, Coordinator; Andrew McMillion

v       Controversies Concerning Rudolf Steiner and Waldorf Schools -  Sharon Lombard, Coordinator; Dan Dugan (How Waldorf Schools are P romoted in the Media); John Holland (The Story Behind OpenWaldorf.com); P eter Staudenmaier (Race and Redemption: Racial and Ethnic Evolution in Rudolf Steiner's Anthroposophy); Diana Winters (How Anthroposophy's Beliefs Manifest in Early Waldorf Education).(We are trying to arrange a discussion with supporters of Waldorf schools and Steiner.)

v       Approaches to Exit Counseling, Parts 1 and 2   – Craig Branch; David Clark; Rick Halpern; P at rick Ryan; Discussants – S andy Andron, Ed.D.; Carol Giambalvo

v       The Nuwaubians: From a Black Separatist to Supremacist Cult – Gary Wilkerson, M.Ed.

v       The Cult Phenomenon in Catalunya:  Results from a Sociological Study – Josep Jansa, M.D.; P ere Cubero, M.D.

v       Brainwashing as a Legal Defense - Steve K. D. Eichel, P h.D.

v       One-on-One Cultic Relationships – Steven Hassan, M.Ed., L.M.H.C., N.C.C.; Lois Bernard, L.C.S.W.

v       Authoritarian Catholic Movements – Mary Kochan, Coordinator; P eter Vere, J.C.L., M.C.L.

v      Child Abuse and the Jehovah's Witnesses: Is it Any Worse than in Mainstream Religions?

William Bowen; Kim berly Norris, Esq.;

v   An Eye on Political Cults: Different Experiences, Converging Perspectives - Erika Van Meir, L.M.F.T., Coordinator; Rebecca Bruce, M.S.W., L.S.W. (My P ersonal Experience in NATLFED); P hyllis Shulman (My P ersonal Experience in Social Therapy); Alexandra Stein, M.L.S. (Ideological Justifications for the Control of Attachment Relationships in the Organization, a Marxist-Leninist Cult); Discussant: Janja Lalich, P h.D.

v       Coping With Triggers – Joseph Kelly

v       Research Reports - J. Anna Looney (Idealism in Cults); Lois Kendall (A P sychological Exploration into the Effects of Former Membership in Extremist Authoritarian Sects)

v       The Potential for Abuse in the Guru-Disciple Relationship – Mary Garden

v       Sexual Abuse of Children: A Legal Perspective – Kim berlee D. Norris, Attorney at Law

v       Luncheon Discussions for Families – Arnold Markowitz, C.S.W.; Dana Wehle, C.S.W.

v       Searching for the 'Truth' about Cults and New Religious Movements - Miriam Williams Boeri, P h.D. ("Question Reality":  Investigating the Cult I Lived in for Fifteen Years); Lawrence Foster, P h.D. (Living with P olygamy:  Thirty Years as a Non-Mormon - Investigating Mormonism’s Most Controversial P ractice)

v       Sifting the Wheat from the Tares: What Canon Lawyers Look for When New Movements Arise – P eter Vere, J.C.L., M.C.L.

v       Why Attorneys Don't Want to Accept Cult-Related Litigation - P eter Georgiades, Esq .; Discussant: Alan Scheflin, J.D.

v       Problem Solving Techniques for Ex-Members and Families – S andy Andron, Ed.D.

v       ISOT (In Search of Truth) – Michael Martella, M.F.T., Coordinator; Loyal Mer rick ; Ed Abdallah; Joyce Martella

v       Analysis of Ex-Members from the Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center: Building a Model of Ex-Member Pathology and Identity  —  Rod Dubrow-Marshall, P h.D., Dean of Faculty, Applied Social Sciences and Humanities, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, England

v       Keynote: Therapeutic Fads, Fallacies, and Fictions: Threats to the General Public - Scott Lilienfeld, P h.D.