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Gangs and Cults Subject of Creighton Conference

Gangs and Cults Subject of Creighton Conference

“Cults & Gangs: What They Are. How They Hurt. How to Recover.” will be the focus of a Friday, April 18, conference sponsored by Creighton University School of Medicine and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department.

The conference is geared toward professionals in the health care, legal, law enforcement and educational fields as well as those personally affected by gangs and cults. Cost ranges from $35 to $115, depending on the date of registration and an attendee’s profession.

“It’s estimated that two to three million Americans belong to cults and another 1.5 million to gangs – more than half of whom are on the streets. In Omaha alone, police have identified 28 suspected gangs, approximately 12 of which are involved in criminal activities such as shootings,” said Dr. Daniel R. Wilson, professor and chair of psychiatry and professor of anthropology at Creighton School of Medicine.

Speakers and their topics include:

  • Dr. Lois Svoboda, a medical therapist in Fremont, Neb., who has worked with former cult members since 1983 and is a frequent national lecturer on the subject. Topic: “The Appeal of Cults, Gangs and Other Power Groups”
  • David Clark, a professional cult expert and thought-reform consultant for more than 20 years, based in Philadelphia. Topics: “Leaving a Cult – What Does it Take?” and “Life in a Cult”
  • Patricia Sullivan, Creighton professor of psychiatry and director of the Center for the Study of Children’s Issues. Topic: “Gangs & Cults – Similarities and Differences”
  • Daniel Hayes, Omaha Public Schools gang interventionist and retired Omaha Police officer. Topic: “The History of Gangs and Their Influence”
  • Steve K.D. Eichel, a Delaware psychologist and author of articles on child therapy, hypnosis and cults. Topic: “Cults, Gangs, Terrorism or Brainwashing, Mind Control and the Law.”

The April 18 conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 655 N. 108th St.; lunch will be provided. Co-sponsors of the conference include Creighton’s Department of Psychiatry and the University’s Continuing Medical Education Division.

For more information or to register, call (800) 548-2633 or (402) 280-5659 or visit CME’s website at

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