Los Angeles Chapter  California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Cults 101: Understanding and Treating Cult-Involved Clients/Families, Coercive Control, and Manipulation

  • 07/16/2021
  • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Online Via Zoom


  • LA-CAMFT Members (Login Required)
  • Other CAMFT Chapter Members (Must enter name of chapter)
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  • Non-Members
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July 2021 ONLINE Presentation
including Q&A

Friday, July 16, 2021
9:00 am-11:00 am

11:00-11:30 am (optional)
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2 CEUs

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Cults 101: Understanding and Treating Cult-Involved Clients/Families, Coercive Control, and Manipulation

Dr. Doni Whitsett, PhD, LCSW, MFT

With the explosion of conspiracy theories in the news and on social media there has been a resurgence of interest in the phenomenon of cults, aka “high demand” or “high control” groups. Why do intelligent people “join” them, why do they stay even in the face of abuse, and why do they leave? This presentation will shed light on these enigmatic questions, helping the participant understand cult psychology, coercive control and manipulation. The presentation will also focus on recognizing post-cult trauma and learning the most effective treatment interventions.

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand three reasons people are attracted to cults, including conspiracy theories.
  2. Identify the reasons people remain in cults.
  3. Determine effective treatment modalities and issues in working with cult survivors. 

Doni Whitsett, PhD, LCSW, MFT, is a Fulbright scholar and a Clinical Professor at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work where she teaches courses focused on neurobiology, trauma, and sexuality. As a psychotherapist in private practice she has been working with cult-involved clients and their families for over 25 years. She has presented to professional audiences both nationally and internationally in Australia, Canada, France, Poland, and Spain. Her latest publications include chapters on “A modern psychodynamic approach to working with 1st generation cult survivors” and “Global violence of women in cults.” 

For more information, contact Di Wilson or Jenni Wilson.

Licensed Therapists, Associates, Students, & Related Professionals

Event Details: 
Friday, July 16, 9:00-11:30 am
8:30-9:00: Check-In
11:00-11:30 am  (optional) Participant Announcements

9:00: Meeting Begins
11:00 Presentation and Related Announcements End
11:30 (optional) Participant Announcements
11:00 Meeting Ends

Online Via Zoom

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$25 for LA-CAMFT Members
Other CAMFT Chapter Members
CSCSW Members
$35 for Non-Members

2 CEUs Provided

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Registration CLOSES Thursday, July 15th at 10 pm.

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CAMFT Approved Continuing Education Provider 59450. This course meets the qualifications for 2 continuing education credits for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Association of Marriage Family Therapists. Participants will receive an evaluation form as part of the sign in/out form and must complete form at the conclusion of course in order to receive CE.

Refund policy: 48-hour notice required for refund of fee minus $5.00 administrative cost. Exceptions can be made for 48-hour notice in cases of emergency. Contact Di Wilson, Course Organizer, at NetworkingChair@LACAMFT.org.

Accommodations for Special Needs: Contact Di Wilson, Course Organizer, at NetworkingChair@LACAMFT.org.

Grievances: Program Administrator, Valerie "Billie" Klayman, manages all grievances—and will acknowledge, investigate and remedy grievances. Response to grievances will be made in writing within 30 days. Contact her at cfo@lacamft.org.

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