Send Allen to ICSA in 2017

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I am Allen Wood, a former cult member.  I have spent much of the last 40 years working as an educator and consultant on the cult phenomenon and addiction.

I am raising money to pay for my airfare , hotel, insurance and incidentals so that I may attend the 
annual conference of ICSA (The International Cultic
Studies Association) which convenes in Bordeaux  France from 6/28/2017 through 7/1/2017.

I have been invited to be a presenter at the Conference.The subject and title of my presentation is :Addict, Idol and Cult Member: Reflections on the loss of Self.

I need the aforementioned sum as soon as possible to arrange bookings.

Going to this conference  as a presenter will be the fulfillment of a life long dream.  It will give me a powerul platform from which to share my personal and professional experience with a wide array of people impacted by extremist organizations: therapists, teachers, former cult members and their families, members of the press.

Any help you can give will place me eternally in your debt. You will have helped one man do what he can to strike a blow against a form of tyranny which seems to be on the rise throughout our world.
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This is my conference bio.

Allen Tate Wood. Former vice president of the Dallas branch of the Cult Awareness Network. I am listed by Fact.Net as a cult expert. Early contributor to the American Family Foundation. I have given testimony on the Moon organization before the Frazer Committee, The United States Supreme Court and her Majesty’s High Court in London. I have been engaged in cult awareness education since 1975. Between 1986 and 2013 I worked as a drug and alcohol counselor in Texas, California, and New Hampshire. I did this addiction counseling and teaching in county jails, state prisons, probation and parole offices, and in private treatment centers. A lot of my teaching and writing has focused on the structural similarities between thought reform and addiction. I continue to remark on the functional similarity between doctrine for the ideologue and psychological defense structure for the addict. Both serve to protect an interior from new information. I have lectured on the psychology of the Cult Phenomenon in the UK, the US and Mexico. I am also the co-author of MoonStruck: A Memoir of My Life in a Cult ( an autobiographical tour de force) and two papers on the cult phenomenon: “Three Elements of Cult Counseling” and “My Four and One Half Years with The Lord of the Flies”.

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We are now just $109.00 shy of our

goal of $3500.00

Thanks everyone!!!
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Including a snail mail donation from a friend in Pennsylvania We are now at $ 3340.00....

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We are at 91% of the Target......

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$3,625 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 44 people in 21 months
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Created December 25, 2016
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Ruth Wood
20 months ago

Saw this when you first posted but then forgot. Now I see you've reached your goal, but I know there will be something extra you need or just have a nice French meal on me.

Vimal Patel
20 months ago

All the Best!

Tom Timko
20 months ago

Al dog.....great to hear from you! I know you will have a great time at the ICSA. Lets chat soon. Tomas in Tejas

Amelia Silver
20 months ago

Adelante pescadores!

Dennis Slattery
20 months ago

Almost on the plane, Allen!

Michael Cleveland
20 months ago

Sara said this is a most worthy cause.

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