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High Control Groups and Relationships

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Eric Liddell Centre

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Edinburgh

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High Control Groups and Relationships – What they are, how we can spot them and how we can reduce harm

Increasing numbers of people are leaving high-control groups (commonly referred to as cults or sects). Given worldwide recent developments and investigations of some of these groups (e.g. Australian Royal Commission into the Jehovah’s Witnesses) and the increasing number of members leaving these groups, it is vital for mental health professionals to recognise the specific needs of this group.

Various forms and sizes of high-control groups and relationships exists. Spanning rom one-to-one high-control relationships, for example domestic abuse, to religious high control groups and secular groups, such as political or commercial groups.

The focus of this course lies predominantly on understanding religious high control groups.

The course focuses on how we can identify these groups, understanding the spectrum of control, what we can do to minimise the harm they cause and how we can support people’s recovery from membership in these groups, post-exit. The course will also offer some insight into preventative actions that can be taken to promote healthy relationships and reduce risk factors relating to the recruitment into high – control groups and relationships.

The course will also include a personal account of a survivor and a Q&A session, where attendees can answer questions directly to a survivor of high control group abuse.

Presenters Profiles

Nick French was born in Scotland and moved to England whilst still a toddler. His mother now divorced from his father joined a high control group and Nick was raised in it from the age of 6. A survivor of sustained CSA by the time he was 15 he too dedicated himself to the group believing that it would give him the help he was needing. He returned to Scotland in 1989. Leaving the group many years later he finally went to the police and saw his abuser sent to prison and today is an activist and whistle-blower about the group he was in and gives support to others leaving high control groups.

Julia Gutgsell is a recent graduate in Criminology from the Free University of Brussels. Her dissertation on high control groups and relationships was awarded with the Jeanine Seghers prize, a prize rewarded to original and innovative research. Her current and past professional roles have involved working with hard to reach groups: youth delinquency, homelessness, domestic abuse and religious high control groups. Julia is currently training as a counsellor.

Agenda
Morning 10-12:30
What are high control groups
How do we identify them
Are all high-control groups equal
Recruitment and retainment of members
Lunch 12:30 - 13:15
Afternoon 13:15-16:00

Life in a high-control group
Exiting high control groups
Recovery from high-control groups post-exit
Risk factors and prevention
Q&A with a survivor

Who is this workshop aimes at?
Mental health professionals / Social workers

Cost:
Early Bird £80, £90 after 17 July 2018 - Please note that a delegate space is not guaranteed until payment is received.
Refreshments, snacks, handouts and CPD certificate are included in the price.
Note – lunch is not included.


How do I register?
Online above through Eventbrite. Please note that there is an admin charge made by Eventbrite for this as indicated above under ‘Cost’. You can also pay by BACS, Cheque or Invoice by emailing audrey@greenwoodevents.co.uk which does not incur any additional costs.

Minimum and Maximum numbers: Min 10 – Max 15 Please note that these workshops are subject to cancellation if we do not reach the minimum numbers required to make them viable.

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