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My Week at the IALMH Congress

By | 2017-07-21T15:05:13+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Categories: News and Updates, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  I want to share with you the wonderful experience I had attending the 2017 Congress of International Academy of Law and Mental Health (IALMH) in Prague.  From July 9-14 I was among over 1500 people from over 100 countries who gathered at this event. Being at the congress was a fantastic experience. I truly learned [...]

Opioid Epidemic–Narconon: Scientology is Not a Treatment

By | 2017-07-13T11:29:34+00:00 July 12th, 2017|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The opioid epidemic in the United States is claiming more lives than ever. Recent data estimates that 59,000 Americans died from drug-related causes in 2016. And, the estimate for 2017 is even higher. Much of this can be attributed to opioid addiction which often starts with dependency on prescribed painkillers that leads to abuse and illegal [...]

Kim Jong Un and North Korea: Can we learn from Jim Jones and David Koresh?

By | 2017-07-07T10:48:38+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The cult leader of North Korea seems to be threatening Donald Trump and the United States. This week, Trump spoke to an audience in Poland stating he was considering, "some pretty severe things," when it comes to the threat of North Korea. This is something that concerns me deeply. As I have written before, I believe [...]

Beware of Logical Fallacies when Seeking the Truth

By | 2017-06-30T20:33:44+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Throughout my years as a mental health professional, I have made it part of my mission to educate people to be smart consumers. I believe that knowledge of how the mind works gives us true power, and that when a person takes the time to learn the facts about any given situation they will be better [...]

Persuading Someone to Take His Own Life: Judge Says She is Guilty!

By | 2017-06-22T22:05:40+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Categories: News and Updates, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On June 16, 2017, a Massachusetts woman, Michelle Carter, was found guilty in the precedent setting case of the involuntary manslaughter death of her boyfriend Conrad Roy. Roy, who died on July 13, 2014, carried out his suicide plan after receiving a number of text messages and phone calls from Carter when he was having second [...]

Ex-Members Supporting One Another is a Good Thing!

By | 2017-06-15T17:35:02+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I was going to New York City to tape an interview for a one hour documentary on Heaven’s Gate and reached out to see if I could finally meet Todd Kadish, an attorney who is an ex-modern Orthodox Jew. Todd and I had had several very interesting phone calls and I really wanted to meet him [...]

“Conversion Therapy” is Dangerous and Abusive

By | 2017-06-11T13:25:04+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Categories: News and Updates, Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  The 48th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots is coming up on June 28, and many cities in America are holding Gay Pride parades and festivals around this time. With the Trump election and Mike Pence as Vice President, all the accomplishments advancing human rights seems like they are in jeopardy.  This week, I attended the [...]

Old Cult Objects: What to Do with Them?

By | 2017-06-06T13:16:35+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Scientology E-Meter Here is an exercise for recovering ex-members: Look around your home.  How many objects remind you of your former cult?  Do you still have cult clothing, books, music, or art?  How does having these objects affect you? I recently worked with a woman who had been out of a Korean cult for 7 years.  She [...]

New Jersey Passes Bill to Research Predatory Alienation

By | 2017-05-23T15:13:14+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Categories: Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

New Jersey State House I have been posting a lot of blogs recently about several sad and discouraging topics, so I’d like to share some good news!  It’s an exciting development which shows the power of dedicated activists who want to help the public.  Thoughtful and strategic activism pays off! New Jersey recently approved [...]

Undue Influence, The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu, and Current Events

By | 2017-05-18T09:52:04+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Categories: Media Reviews, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hulu has created a television series based on Margaret Atwood’s book, The Handmaid’s Tale, and it is highly recommended viewing*. Last year, Hulu produced The Path and I was interviewed by Vanity Fair for my perspective. This time, I am blogging about The Handmaid’s Tale as I believe this is a very upsetting but well made [...]