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Cult Information Consultant provides consultation, education, research and non-coercive intervention that addresses controversial, high-demand groups, cults, psychotherapies, or relationships that use undue influence and thought reform techniques.
Joe Szimhart’s deep interest in the problem of harmful group activity began in 1980 when he rejected the influence of a system of esoteric sects, some of which used thought reform techniques. He began helping persons with similar problems by the end of 1980. His professional career began in 1986 when he first helped with family interventions nationally.
Ronald M. Loomis
Ronald M. Loomis has been educating others about cults for some 25 years at over 100 colleges and universities throughout the US and Canada. He is a Past President of the original Cult Awareness Network (CAN) and was a founding member of the Steering Committee of the International Cult Education Program (ICEP) and was Chair of the Interim Planning Committee (IPC), which created the Leo J. Ryan Education Foundation (LJREF) and the Cult Information and Resource Center (CIRC), (CULTINFO). In 1999, he served as a principle expert witness for the Legislative Task Force on Cults in Maryland. He has been cited in such publications as The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Congressional Quarterly, The Christian Science Monitor, The Toronto Sun and Newsweek Magazine. He has been interviewed by the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC), The Today Show at the request of NBC News, The Discovery Channel, ABC Productions, and Current Affair. He is featured in the educational video, Cults, Saying No Under Pressure, and he authored a chapter in the book Cults on Campus. He has been an expert advisor to The Roberts Group Parents Network (TRGPN) since it was founded in 1997.