Useful Contacts

Our long-term ambition, as an organisation, is to compile a complete directory of resources, therapists, charities, local support groups and other useful contacts, and make them available via a geographical search. In the meantime, while we work on our exhaustive list, there are many useful contacts and organizations that are knowledgeable in the field of undue influence, as follows:

 Sweden’s EXIT Fryshuset, http://exit.fryshuset.se/english/, is an organisation that helps people escape from violent, extremist, hate groups that unduly influence their members. They also coach relatives of active Neo-Nazis and educate professionals who come into contact with these individuals.

Arjan van Dijk and Frances Peters started http://www.ontmaskermanipulatie.nl/ in 2014, a Dutch website, to build a network of information, support and professional help for former members of high-control groups, bystanders and authorities in order to educate them about the workings of undue influence, offer different kinds of support for professional coaches and  counselors and support groups for former members of high-control groups, provide training and workshops to officials and policymakers, and are working on educational programs for schools. The website also allows visitors to respond anonymously to a 26-question questionnaire to determine if they are being unduly influenced by a group.   

In 2012 the Dutch Ministry of Safety and Justice launched Sektesignaal with the goal of creating greater public awareness of how cults manipulate their members in the Netherlands. It offers a free 7-day-a week hotline, for those who anonymously want to talk about possible criminal offences and harm done to individuals unduly influenced by cult leaders or members, and then providing professional advice to victims of abuse and family or friends, and if needed connecting them to the police, child protective services, mental health professionals, the fraud department of the tax office or a specialised law firm. (http://www.sektesignaal.nl)
In Switzerland, the government funds an educational help group that responds to requests for information about cult-like groups at http://www.infosekta.ch/
The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA at www.icsahome.com) is a global network of people concerned about psychological manipulation in cultic and high-demand groups and brings together former group members, their families, professionals and researchers.
The largest database of material relating to cults and undue influence is maintained by the Fight Against Coercive Tactics Network, FACTNet www.factnet.org
Alexandra Stein, Ph.D. is an educator and writer, specialising in totalist cults and brainwashing techniques. At www.alexandrastein.com, she provides an easy-to-understand summary of how undue influence/brainwashing works in cult-like groups. Her forthcoming book, which will be available in December 2016, focuses on the impact of cults and totalitarian regimes on their follower’s close attachment relationships.
Gillie Jenkinson is a therapist’s therapist helping people recover from abusive relationships. Connect with her at www.hopevalleycounselling.com
Steven Hassan is a licensed mental health counsellor helping people exit from cults and destructive relationships for over thirty years. His BITE Model explains the methodology of undue influence in groups. Check him and the BITE Model out at www.freedomofmind.com
Nick Child is an expert in child psychiatry and family therapy and his website at: http://www.forallthat.com/ showcases his life work as a psychiatrist. The website is also an excellent starting point to learn about his recent focus on high-conflict family separation. His blog, thealienationexperience.org.uk, is a good place to go to understand how undue influence works and can be treated in disturbed intimate relationships.
Kipling Williams provides excellent information and up-to-date research on ostracism (shunning) at: http://williams.socialpsychology.org/, and how it is used by manipulative groups.
Founded by Dr. Philip Zimbardo, http://heroicimagination.org/ is a project that teaches people how to take effective action when confronted with negative forms of social influence, such as conformity, obedience and the bystander effect.
Paul Grundy provides well-researched easy-to-read data about the Jehovah’s Witnesses culture of undue influence at: http://jwfacts.com/.
Barbara Anderson is available for consultation and advice if a person is being unduly influenced/coerced into not reporting incidents of child molestation at www.watchtowerdocuments.org 
If you have been victimised and unduly influenced by clergy or someone protected by a flawed church policy of not reporting pedophiles to the police, please know that you are not alone. You can get better. You can reach out to others who have been hurt just like you. To start healing contact: http://www.snapnetwork.org/.SNAP, which is an acronym forSurvivors Network of those Abused by Priests. They are the largest, oldest and most active support group for women and men wounded by religious authority figures (priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, elders, rabbis,  nuns and others). They are an independent and confidential organisation, with no connections to any church group or church officials

Bonnie Zieman, M.Ed. is a psychotherapist who has written four books on how to recover after being subjected to undue influence, abuse and ostracism in high-demand systems. You can check out her books and a two-page guide, which is designed to help a person find a competent therapist, at www.bonniezieman.com

Misha Verollet, lives in Vienna and is a business consultant as well as a freelance writer and cult expert. He is the author of the book Goodbye, Jehova! which was published under the pseudonym of Misha Anouk.

On his website, CULT101, Misha shares his experiences with cults and extensive research on this subject. 

Read the CULT101 blog here

Read about the 10 interesting, must-see movies about Cults, Fanaticism and Undue Influence here

Because of propaganda induced cognitive dissonance, most people hate themselves and don't even know it – Bryant McGill

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