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You’ve experienced coercive control, undue influence, authoritarian environments or power dynamics that are problematic? In this episode I share an expert chat from the JZ Mvt Pro Community with People Leave Cults founder Ashlen Hilliard.
We'll learn aspects of power dynamics that can be present and harmful and/or may hold the potential to become harmful without the right support systems in place. We'll also hear about cultic dynamics, coercive control and what we can do if we've been victimized by those in power. If you've been affected by any of these issues, please scroll down for resources.
These expert chats are held live within the JZ Mvt Pro Community
and are a part of one’s membership. We aim to create a space for learning and unlearning with experts both in an outside of the movement profession.
Large Group Awareness Trainings (LGATs)
The title for this presentation, “MIND FIXERS: The History of Mass Therapy With its Roots in Mind Dynamics Institute, Misuse of Zen Insights, and Hyping the Positive Thinking of New Thought Religion,” covers a vast arena for specialized workshops that range from one day to several weeks. Borrowing techniques from encounter group formats, military boot camp training, and the mindfulness movements, these specialized groups operate as unregulated mass therapy businesses and are not licensed as mental health professions. The stated purpose of these “large group awareness training” is to increase self-realization and success in life. The outcomes, however, are problematic with some critics claiming that a form of “brainwashing” is taking place that emphasizes promotion of the workshops while any real-life gains are highly questionable. Some participants report psychological and social harm. The speakers will guide a discussion to address the criticisms.
How to connect with Cult Interventionist, Ashlen Hilliard: