High control groups and relationships
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 from 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.
Julia Gutgsell(BSc, MSc) is a criminologist and transition coach. 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. Her main interest lies in understanding how former high control group members recover and (re)claim personal autonomy post-exit.
More information at https://control-groups-8-nov-19.eventbrite.co.uk
About Audrey Smith
Greenwood Events aims to offer affordable workshops to counsellors interested in CPD, anyone interested in self- development or considering a career in counselling. It also aims to offer opportunities to stimulate networking and knowledge sharing among counsellors in Scotland. Visit www.greenwoodevents.co.uk for more information.