Keynote Speaker

2017 Conference Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker:  DR. STEVE EICHEL, President, International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) and NAFC Board Member

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Keynote Topic:

WHAT WOULD FREUD DO? THE SCIENCE OF SEX, SEX THERAPY, AND SEX OFFENDER TREATMENT

Everyone knows that sex and sexuality played a very significant role in Sigmund Freud's development of the first official "talk therapy," psychoanalysis. Yet his understanding of sex, sexual problems and sexually inappropriate or offending behavior was utterly rudimentary, and many of his followers added little that was valid or accurate.

The science of sex (sexology) began with Alfred Kinsey, and continues to this day and into the future, although for political reasons, much of the cutting-edge research is now occurring outside the U.S.A.

In this presentation, Dr. Steve K. D. Eichel, a licensed and Board-certified Psychologist, sex therapist, sexologist and NAFC-Certified Sex Offender Treatment Specialist, and recognized sex offender evaluator, will review the strange and interesting history of sexual science, with a strong focus on what we know and what we are still learning now.

The goal of this presentation is to help forensic specialists working with offenders, addicts, and adults and adolescents in general to deliver quality, science-informed information and services.


Dr. Eichel has provided psychosexual assessment and treatment services for over two decades. As Clinical Director of St. Francis Homes for Boys, he designed and conducted both group and individual treatment for adjudicated adolescent boys who engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior. From 1988-89 he assessed juvenile and adult sex offenders for the Camden County (NJ) court system, and was a contracted sex offender evaluator for the Psycho-forensic Services unit of Delaware's Office of the Public Defender from 2006-2010. Since then, he has conducted dozens of offender evaluations for private attorneys and their clients and, due to his nationally-recognized expertise in the psychology of destructive cults and manipulation, has conducted evaluations in several cases involving cult-coerced sex, sex offending, and human sex trafficking.

As a Certified Sex Therapist credentialed by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists (AASECT), Dr. Eichel has written articles on sex therapy (including sex therapy with former cult members) and has been a well-regarded provider of advanced sex therapy training workshops both privately and for several regional and national professional associations, including the American Academy of Psychotherapists. He is certified to administer the Abel Assessment of Sexual Interest and is a Clinical Member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.

The goal of this presentation is to help forensic specialists working with offenders, addicts, and adults and adolescents in general to deliver quality, science-informed information and services.

Dr. Eichel's involvement in cultic studies began with a participant-observation study of Unification Church training in their Eastern seminary, Barrytown, NY, in the spring of 1975. His doctoral dissertation to date remains the only intensive, quantified observation of a deprogramming. He was honored with ICSA's 1990 John G. Clark Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Cultic Studies for this study, which was published as a special issue of the Cultic Studies Journal and has been translated into several foreign languages. He co-founded the Re-Entry Therapy, Information & Referral Network (RETIRN) in 1983, one of the field's oldest continuing private providers of psychological and consultation services to agencies, families and individuals concerned about or harmed by cultic practices. RETIRN currently has offices in Newark, DE, Lansdowne, PA and Preston, England (U.K.).

In 2003, Dr. Eichel was a psychological examiner and expert witness for the defense in the trial of the mass murdering "Beltway Sniper", Lee Boyd Malvo. Dr. Eichel's expert testimony in the "brainwashing defense" of Malvo is generally credited with helping him avoid the death penalty. Dr. Eichel was a lead speaker at a 2010 conference on Islamist de-radicalization sponsored by the Pakistani American Association of Connecticut and the Pakistani American Public Affairs Committee Foundation.

Since 2001, he has been an outspoken proponent of understanding terrorist recruitment as a cultic phenomenon, a view that is now receiving wide recognition. In addition to his psychology practice and his involvement with ICSA, Dr. Eichel has served as President of the American Academy of Counseling Psychology and the Greater Philadelphia Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He has co-authored several articles and book reviews for the Cultic Studies Journal/Review and several book chapters on psychotherapy and forensic evaluation in cult-related cases.

Dr. Eichel has worked extensively within family court and juvenile justice systems in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and directed a Widener University-affiliated clinical psychology internship program, His extensive professional experience includes:
 
• Counselor Educator/Supervisor and Program Assistant for the CACREP-approved M.S. in Community Counseling program at Wilmington
  University
• Clinical Supervisor and Consulting Psychologist to St. Francis/St. Joseph's Homes for Boys
• President of the Greater Philadelphia Society of Clinical Hypnosis (GPSCH)
• President of the American Academy of Counseling Psychology, one of the national academies of advanced practitioners (ABPP
  Diplomates)
  and mentor to future ABPP candidates
• Chair of the Council of Presidents of Psychology Specialty Academies
• Served on the Delaware Board of Examiners of Psychologists from 2008-12 and was the Board's Vice President from 2010-12
• Chaired the Psychology & Law Committee of the Delaware Psychological Association since 2006
• Child and Family Psychologist at the Irving Schwartz Institute for Children & Youth
• Clinical Director of the St. Francis Homes for Boys
 
Dr. Eichel also served on the faculty of Villanova University's drug & alcohol counseling program for 10 years and was an Adjunct Professor in the counseling psychology programs at Chestnut Hill College and Arcadia University, where he designed and taught courses on advanced trauma counseling. He is currently an adjunct Professor of Psychology at Philadelphia University.

The goal of this presentation is to help forensic specialists working with offenders, addicts, and adults and adolescents in general to deliver quality, science-informed information and services.

A licensed and Board-certified psychologist, Dr. Eichel's involvement in cultic studies began with a participant-observation study of Unification Church training in their Eastern seminary, Barrytown, NY, in the spring of 1975. His doctoral dissertation to date remains the only intensive, quantified observation of a deprogramming. He was honored with ICSA's 1990 John G. Clark Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Cultic Studies for this study, which was published as a special issue of the Cultic Studies Journal and has been translated into several foreign languages. He co-founded the Re-Entry Therapy, Information & Referral Network (RETIRN) in 1983, one of the field's oldest continuing private providers of psychological and consultation services to agencies, families and individuals concerned about or harmed by cultic practices. RETIRN currently has offices in Newark, DE, Lansdowne, PA and Preston, England (U.K.).

In 2003, Dr. Eichel was a psychological examiner and expert witness for the defense in the trial of the mass murdering "Beltway Sniper", Lee Boyd Malvo. Dr. Eichel's expert testimony in the "brainwashing defense" of Malvo is generally credited with helping him avoid the death penalty. Dr. Eichel was a lead speaker at a 2010 conference on Islamist deradicalization sponsored by the Pakistani American Association of Connecticut and the Pakistani American Public Affairs Committee Foundation.

Since 2001, he has been an outspoken proponent of understanding terrorist recruitment as a cultic phenomenon, a view that is now receiving wide recognition. In addition to his psychology practice and his involvement with ICSA, Dr. Eichel has served as President of the American Academy of Counseling Psychology and the Greater Philadelphia Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He has co-authored several articles and book reviews for the Cultic Studies Journal/Review and several book chapters on psychotherapy and forensic evaluation in cult-related cases.

Dr. Eichel has worked extensively within family court and juvenile justice systems in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and directed a Widener University-affiliated clinical psychology internship program, His extensive professional experience includes:
 

 
Dr. Eichel also served on the faculty of Villanova University's drug & alcohol counseling program for 10 years and was an Adjunct Professor in the counseling psychology programs at Chestnut Hill College and Arcadia University, where he designed and taught courses on advanced trauma counseling. He is currently an adjunct Professor of Psychology at Philadelphia University.

 

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