Dr. Lacter will be speaking at The 2010 Annual Ritual Abuse, Secretive Organizations and Mind Control Conference

 - by Ellen P. Lacter, Ph.D.

(2010 SMART Conference)

August 6 – 8, 2010

DoubleTree Hotel near Bradley International Airport
16 Ella Grasso Turnpike
Windsor Locks, Connecticut, USA

Internet conference information: http://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/

Conference Goals
– To help stop future occurrences of ritual abuse
– To help survivors of ritual abuse
– To name the groups that have participated in alleged illegal activities
– To unite those working to stop ritual abuse

Conference Schedule
There will be a small get together, deli dinner, dessert and early registration for pre-registered attendees only, on August 6, Friday evening. The conference will be all day on Saturday August 7 and Sunday August 8. Please check our conference home page for the latest conference schedule information. Some presentations will also be recorded.

Speakers and Biographies
Please note: Listing of these speakers does not necessarily constitute our endorsement of them. They are speaking at our conference for educational value only and some may be heavy for survivors.  Listening to the speakers at the conference may or may not help your recovery process, so use caution when listening to any speaker or contacting any resource mentioned in this brochure.  These descriptions may be heavy for survivors to read.

Neil Brick is a survivor of Masonic based Ritual Abuse and MK-ULTRA. He is the editor of S.M.A.R.T. – A Ritual Abuse Newsletter. His topics  are: Fighting the Spin : The Truth about Child Abuse Cases and The Move from Blame the Victim to Blame the Helper.

Nick Bryant’s writing has recurrently focused on the plight of disadvantaged children in the United States, and he’s been published in numerous national journals, including the Journal of Professional Ethics, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Journal of Social Distress and Homelessness, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, and Journal of School Health. He is the co-author of America’s Children: Triumph of Tragedy, addressing the medical and developmental problems of lower socioeconomic children in America. His topic is: Lessons learned from Franklin

Carmen Yana Holiday is a survivor of extreme domestic violence, human trafficking, child pornography, ritual abuse-torture and mind control. She has been an advocate for other survivors since 2001, developing and facilitating trauma recovery workshops and presenting as a survivor of RA-MC for several organizations. Her topic is:  Survivors of Extreme Abuse: The Awful Rowing Toward Social Emancipation

Lynn Schirmer is an artist and survivor of ritual abuse-torture and trauma based mind control. She mounts frequent exhibits where she engages audiences about the reality of extreme abuse and tax funded exploitation of children and adults. Her work has been exhibited the US and France. Her topic is: Art & Activism: Finding Effective Ways to Tell

Mary Keats RN BA wife, mother, grandmother, working in social services, is a survivor of Ritual Abuse Torture.  She is a spiritual person who enjoys life to the fullest. Her energy and enthusiasm are infectious. She refuses to be muzzled, decided early on in her recovery to break the silence, so others could be helped. Her topic is:  Hope after the Darkness

Wanda Karriker, Ph.D. is a retired psychologist who spent a career working with survivors of extreme abuse. She is author of the novel, “Morning, Come Quickly,” co-developer of the Extreme Abuse Survey Project and former editor of Survivorship. Her topic is:  The Ritual Abuse Controversy: A Personal Perspective.

Julaine has spent over 21 years on this journey. As the daughter of a career military man, working in “intelligence”, she was turned over for government experimentation prior to the formal designations like Artichoke and MKUltra. A former polyfragmented woman, she has employed many approaches and therapies to heal, and is here today to talk about things she learned as she walked this journey. Her topic is: Looking Back: Lessons from the Healing Journey

Suzie Burke, R.N., Ph.D. is the pen name of a real woman who is a registered nurse and licensed professional counselor with a doctorate in psychology. Suzie is the author of “Wholeness, my healing journey from ritual abuse.”  Her 10-year path to recovery was a result of a savvy counselor, her own determination not to let her perpetrators “win,” plus a family that never wavered. Suzie Burke is now thriving. Info on her and her book is at http://www.suzieburke.com Her topic is:  Wholeness: My healing journey from ritual abuse, and what you can learn from it.

Ellen Lacter, Ph.D. has been a clinical psychologist in San Diego, California, USA, for 24 years and specializes in the treatment of dissociative disorders and ritual abuse and mind control trauma in both children and adults. She has a number of published chapters in edited books on the subjects of ritual abuse and mind control. Her topics are her DVD Interview of Trish Fotheringham and “A Coloring Book of Healing Images for Child Abuse Survivors.” Her website is  http://www.endritualabuse.org/

S.M.A.R.T. 2010 Conference Schedule
(This schedule may be subject to change.  Please write us for the latest schedule, at: SMARTNEWS@aol.com http://ritualabuse.us/)

7 – 9:00 PM – Deli Dinner and Dessert Buffet for Prepaid Registered Attendees
9 – 10 AM – Neil Brick –  “ Fighting the Spin : The Truth about Child Abuse Cases .”

10:30 – 11:30 AM – Nick Bryant – “Lessons learned from Franklin”

12:00 – 1:00  Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 PM  – Carmen Yana Holiday – “Survivors of Extreme Abuse: The Awful Rowing Toward Social Emancipation.”

2:30 – 3:30 PM – Suzie Burke, R.N., Ph.D. – “Wholeness: My healing journey from ritual abuse, and what you can learn from it.”

4:00 – 5:00 PM – Wanda Karriker, Ph.D. – “The Ritual Abuse Controversy: A Personal Perspective.”

7:30 PM-  Ellen Lacter, Ph.D., her DVD Interview of Survivor, Trish Fotheringham

8:00 PM-  Ellen Lacter, Ph.D., “A Coloring Book of Healing Images for Child Abuse Survivors”


9:00 – 10:00 AM – Mary Keats RN BA – “Hope after the Darkness.”

10:30 – 11:30 AM – Neil Brick “The Move from Blame the Victim to Blame the Helper.”

12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 PM – Julaine – “Looking Back: Lessons from the Healing Journey”

2:30 – 3:30 PM – Lynn Schirmer – “Art & Activism: Finding Effective Ways to Tell”

4:00 – 5:00 PM  speaker panel discussion and closing

Conference Registration
(Please read the entire brochure before registering.)
Registration is not guaranteed, please wait for approval before making travel arrangements. Or you can preregister via E-mail at: SMARTNEWS@aol.com Please mail registration form and checks (US Banks only please), money orders (US) to: RA Conference, c/o S.M.A.R.T., P O Box 1295, Easthampton, MA 01027 USA

Name: (please include names and individual addresses of all registrees, thanks.)


Agency: ___________________________________

Street: ____________________________

City: ___________________State:______


Early registration fees (all fees are per person)

(note: fees must be received by the due date below to get the special prices)
One and two day registrations do not include the Friday deli dinner and dessert buffet.

Before 6/8/10 – 2 day $170, one day $85
Before 7/8/10- 2 day $180, one day $90
Before 8/6/10 – 2 day $200, one day $100
On or after 8/6/10 – 2 day $210, one day $105

(Circle one – Sat – Sun for one day registrations)

To add Friday night early registration, get together, deli dinner and dessert  – $35.00

Donation to help those on fee waiver (not tax deductible): _____________

Total Amount Due _____________

special meals needed ____________________

Please make checks payable to S.M.A.R.T. (US banks only, please.)

Refund Policy: Fees will not be refunded after July 7, 2010. Please send us written notice. Refund will be minus $70.00 deposit per registree.

Conference Information

Conference Participants
The conference will include all those either recovering from ritual abuse and/or fighting against ritual abuse. This includes survivors, co-survivors, therapists, other helping professionals, lawyers and all others interested in learning more about ritual abuse.

Members of secret organizations, acting out perpetrators, and/or members of unsympathetic organizations are excluded from the conference. This is for the protection and safety of those in attendance.

People have told us that last year’s conference was the safest conference they have ever been to. But, this conference may not necessarily be safe for all survivors. S.M.A.R.T. recommends that you try to bring a support person that is familiar with mind control techniques and staying with that person or another safe person at all times. We also recommend reading http://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/conf2002/safety-management-for-conference-attendees/ about conference safety and safety management.

Registration Waivers
Fee waiver application fees are $90.00 for two days and $45 for one day, and are non-refundable. Please do not send fees until your application is accepted. Please add $30 to attend the Friday night early registration, get together and dessert buffet. Applications will not be accepted after July 1, 2010, payment must be made by 7/14/10. Acceptance will partially be contingent on the number of paid applicants. Fee waiver registrees must volunteer for four hours at the conference. Unfortunately, we cannot afford to pay any travel expenses. Please E-mail or regular mail us for an application.

There is a free shuttle to and from the airport. Hotel parking is available at no charge for those attending the conference. Conference sponsors, etc. assume no responsibility for ground and/or air transportation arrangements. Conference sponsors cannot assume responsibility  for additional expense or losses due to illnesses, cancellation of flights, strikes or other causes.


Room rates at the DoubleTree Hotel at Bradley International Airport (CT) are $89 a day for one person (not incl. tax), please mention the SMART 2010 conference to get the special rate. This rate is guaranteed until 7/6/10 or all rooms at the special rate are gone. Call 860-627-5171 for information. Lunch will be free both days for all conference attendees that register before August 1, 2010. The hotel has no information about the conference, other than room information.

Attendance Policy

Survivors should try to bring a support person with them to the conference. Presentation of a picture ID will be required of all  conference participants, unless prior arrangements are made. This is for the protection of all participants. Some of the topics discussed may  be very heavy for survivors. The conference is educational and not intended as therapy or treatment. Conference sponsors, cosponsor, speakers, organizers and exhibitors assume no responsibility for any reactions resulting from attending our conference. Statements made and materials exhibited and distributed by attendees, speakers and exhibitors are their  own and don’t necessarily  represent the policies or views of conference sponsors, cosponsor, speakers, exhibitors, organizers or attendees. Children are not permitted to attend the conference. S.M.A.R.T. and its representatives also reserve the right to remove anyone from the conference at any time. Photographing, audio taping and videotaping without written permission from S.M.A.R.T. are prohibited.


Tables and half tables will be available for exhibitors. All exhibitors and their materials, etc. must be pre-approved. Write for more information. Whole tables are $25, half tables are $15. Take one table fee is $5.00 per item.

S.M.A.R.T. is currently looking for volunteers to help  at the conference. Please let  S.M.A.R.T. know if you are interested.

Conference Donations
Please consider sponsoring a full or partial registree, so that all are able to attend the conference. Thank you.  (Donations are not tax deductible.)

The conference is sponsored by  S.M.A.R.T.,  a newsletter that examines the possible connections between ritual abuse and secretive organizations. E-mail:  SMARTNEWS@aol.com http://ritualabuse.us/

The conference is co-sponsored by the following:

Please note: Listing of these resource organizations does not necessarily constitute our endorsement of them. They are helping to promote the  conference and some may be heavy for some survivors, so use caution  contacting any resource mentioned in this brochure.

Mothers Against Sexual Abuse, P O Box 371 Huntersville, NC 28078, 708-895-0489 E-mail: clairemasa@aol.com .  Dedicated to protecting children from sexual abuse through educational programs and conferences. Support and referrals for adult survivors of sexual and ritual abuse

Survivorship is an international non-profit organization for survivors of sadistic sexual abuse, ritualistic abuse, mind control, and torture. The organization serves survivors, partners and other allies, therapists, clergy, and pro-survivor activists and advocates. Contact information: Survivorship, FJC,470 27th St., Oakland, Ca 94612 survivorshipstaff@yahoo.com http://www.survivorship.org

Persons Against Ritual Abuse-Torture:  Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald are human rights defenders/activists who have been working for 17 years to expose different forms of non-state actor torture (NSAT), including ritual abuse-torture.  As independent scholars we are involved in participatory research, relational education and have many published articles. Contact info: 361 Prince St., Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada, B2N 1E4 E-mail: flight@ns.sympatico.ca Website: http://www.ritualabusetorture.org

North American Freedom Foundation (NAFF), P O Box 1328 Soddy Daisy, TN 37384-1328 e-mail : mail@naffoundation.org   NAFF (formerly PARC-VRAMC) seeks to: bring attention to mind control, slavery, and torture perpetrated in the U.S. and Canada; educate the public about survivors’ and victims’ special recovery needs; and develop and maintain the Garden of Healing (near Chattanooga, TN) honoring victims, survivors and pro-survivors.  Website: http://naffoundation.org

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