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Born and Raised in a Cult and Transitioning to a New Reality – CE Event, KAPA

March 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Born and Raised in a Cult and Transitioning to a New Reality
Debby Schriver, M.S.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

This event fulfills 1.5 hours of the 3.0 cultural diversity hours required by the Tennessee Board of Examiners during a two year cycle. 

Location:  Pinnacle Bank Learning Center located at the Landmark Center
1111 N. Northshore Drive
South Tower
Knoxville, TN, 37919Schedule:

6:00pm Registration/Check-in/Dinner***—CE not available for this portion
6:30pm Program Begins
8:00pm Complete Evaluations and Adjourn

***Please RSVP to Dr. Lanny Bolling (KAPA President) as soon as possible to this event at [email protected] for an accurate head count for food and materials. Remember that the Board typically orders food a week in advance of the presentation. Please respect that KAPA members and those who RSVP in advance will be served first. Please indicate if you have any food allergies or sensitivities in your RSVP. We will make all attempts to accommodate your culinary needs and will likely need time to make this accommodation happen.

Educational Objectives:
After attending this intermediate-level seminar in full, participants will be able to:
1) Define a cult.
2) Identify at least five methods of control and manipulation by cult leaders.
3) Describe specific therapeutic needs of cult survivors as they adjust to life outside the cult.


Debby Schriver is a cult expert, an author, and a human rights activist whose projects connect us to common, core values that lift the human spirit. A native of Chicago, Schriver earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her study of psychological and sociological development began in college and has been an integral part of her career as an educator at UT (Associate Dean of Student Conduct and Orientation and Manager of Employee Training and Organizational Development) and as a writer.
Schriver’s focus on the area of child development began in her work with the Foster Care Review Board to which she was appointed by the Knox County Juvenile Court. There she worked with a community focused on serving the needs of at-risk youth: lawyers, social workers, and foster parents. A similar group of caring professionals have been essential in informing Debby’s work on her book Whispering in the Daylight, The Children of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries and their Journey to Freedom. Alamo’s story is part of an upcoming Sundance TV docuseries “Ministry of Evil: The Twisted Cult of Tony Alamo,” produced by NBC Peacock Productions and World of Wonder Productions, in which Schriver appears as the Alamo expert (airing February 27th, 11pm ET, 8pm PT and for the following three weeks).
Schriver’s previous books include: In the Footsteps of Champions: The University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers, the First Three Decades; To Read My Heart: The Journal of Rachel Van Dyke, 1810–1811 (co-editor); and Ice ’n’ Go: Score in Sports and Life (co-author). She lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with her husband.

Target Audience:
This program is open to all KAPA members and other interested mental health professionals who may not be members. The content of this presentation is appropriate for mental health professionals educated at the graduate level in psychology, psychiatry or other mental health related discipline as well as graduate students in a mental health related discipline.

Instructional Level: 
The material will be appropriate to intermediate levels of practice and knowledge.

Registration Fees and Policies:
If you are a member of KAPA then the program is free of charge.

If you are not a member of KAPA and you do not want CE credit, this program is free of charge.

Non-members wanting CE credit will be charged $20.

This Pinnacle facility is accessible to persons who are physically challenged. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons requesting them.

American Psychological Association Approval Statement:
The Knoxville Area Psychological Association (KAPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. KAPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Continuing Education:
This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.5 continuing education credits. With full attendance and completion of a Program Evaluation and Learning Assessment, a certificate will be issued. Each participant is required to sign-in at the beginning of the session and sign-out at the conclusion of this session; partial credit will not be awarded.

KAPA is committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists.  KAPA is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in continuing education activities. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them.

Please address requests, questions, concerns and any complaints to Dr. Lanny Bolling,  KAPA President at [email protected] or Dr. Jeanine Powers, KAPA CE Coordinator at [email protected].

There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, program content, research, grants or other funding sources that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest. During the program, the validity/utility of the content and risks/limitations of the approaches discussed will be addressed.

Directions and Parking Information:
The Pinnacle Bank Learning Center at the Landmark Center:
The Landmark Center is located at 1111 N. Northshore Drive. It is near the corner of Papermill Drive and Northshore Drive, between the Exxon gas station and the new Aubrey’s. The eight story South Tower says Pinnacle on top. The Learning Center is on the first floor of the South Tower. When entering the front doors, turn right, and the Learning Center will be past the elevators to your left. Parking is ample and free.

Questions? Contact KAPA President, Dr. Lanny Bolling at [email protected].


March 26
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Knoxville Area Psychological Association


Pinnacle Bank Learning Center
1111 N. Northshore Drive, South Tower,
Knoxville, TN 37919 United States
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