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The NAFC welcomes Dr. Steve Eichel to its Board of Directors!

Steve Eichel, Ph.D. is the President of the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA), and is an independent practitioner in counseling, clinical and forensic psychology including family, child and adolescent therapy, clinical hypnosis, trauma, sexuality and addiction, as well as for RETIRN, the Re-Entry Therapy, Information & Referral Network, an Independent practice specializing in traumatic consequences of destructive and high demand group coercion and undue influence. 

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"Antisocial Personality Disorder in Cult Leaders"

John Burke, Ph.D., Kaiser Permanente. Published by the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) Excerpt: "This article considers evidence for the presence of antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) in some cult leaders. Additionally, the influence of antisocial cult leaders on cult members is hypothesized to be associated with ..." Read more

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To learn more about ICSA, the psychological manipulation and abuse in cultic groups or to find help for you or a loved one, please visit the ICSA website.

Below are just a few links on this subject matter published by ICSA:

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Special Feature: Human Trafficking from the Office of Justice Programs, National Criminal Justice Reference Service.
"In the United States, some of the most highly vulnerable populations include undocumented workers, runaway and homeless youth, individuals with substance abuse or addiction issues and low income individuals ..."

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"Faces of Human Trafficking" Video Series" from the Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime.
"...The series is intended to be used for outreach and education efforts of service providers, law enforcement, prosecutors, and others in the community. The series includes information about sex and labor trafficking, multidisciplinary approaches ...Accompanying the video series is a discussion guide ...Fact Sheets ...posters that can be used to augment trainings and generate discussion."

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Special Report: Disabilities Among Prison and Jail Inmates, 2011–12 by Jennifer Bronson, Ph.D., and Laura M. Maruschak, BJS Statisticians Marcus Berzofsky, Dr.P.H., RTI International. from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics - December 2015.

"In 2011–12, about 3 in 10 state and federal prisoners and 4 in 10 local jail inmates reported having at least one disability. Among prison and jail inmates, females were more likely to report ..."

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Read about the origination of the Forensic Counselor and Criminal Justice Specialist specialty professions and certifications.

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Special Feature: Stalking from the Office of Justice Programs, National Criminal Justice Reference Service
"Stalking is defined as a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Stalking behaviors include, but are not limited to:

  • Making unwanted phone calls
  • Sending unsolicited or unwanted letters or emails
  • Following or spying on the victim
  • Showing up at places without a legitimate reason
  • Waiting at places for the victim
  • Leaving unwanted items, presents, or flowers
  • Posting information or spreading rumors about the victim on the internet, in a public place, or by word of mouth

Stalking is a crime in all 50 states and at the federal level, and it can happen to anyone regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, location, or personal associations ..." OVC Help Series for Crime Victims

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ARTICLES OF INTEREST

Bullying in Schools: An Overview By Ken Seeley, Martin L. Tombari, Laurie J. Bennett, and Jason B. Dunkle - U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

"Researchers from the National Center for School Engagement conducted a series of studies to explore the connections between bullying in schools, school attendance and engagement, and academic achievement. This bulletin provides an overview of the OJJDP-funded studies, a summary of the researchers’ findings, and recommendations for policy and practice ..."

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Mental Health Interventions in Cult-Related Cases: Preliminary Investigation of Outcomes by Steve K. Dubrow Eichel, M.S., Linda Dubrow Eichel, M.A., Roberta Cobrin Eisenberg, M.S.W. - Shared from the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) website.

"Do our interventions work? This question is undoubtedly on the minds of many professional counselors and lay advisors engaged in clinical work with cultists, former cultists, and their families. Since October 1983, the associates of the RETIRN have maintained a record of all face-to-face consultations and subsequent interventions ..." continue reading

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