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Deprogramming | Exit Counseling

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What is your position on deprogramming or exit counseling?

While we recognize that some movements employ psychological manipulation tactics in their efforts to maintain members, we do not endorse or practice deprogramming - either voluntary or involuntary.

We have never engaged in deprogramming.

We do endorse voluntary counseling that encourages and facilitates independent, critical thinking. This includes so-called exit counseling, particularly as offered by those counselors who subscribe to the ethical guidelines for Thought Reform Consultants.

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• Subject: Cult & Ex-cult Frequently Asked Questions
• First posted: Dec. 9, 1996
• Last Updated: Aug. 28, 2004
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