Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center

Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center

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company_name = Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center
company_type = non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation in the United States.
genre = Psychology
foundation = 1986
founder = Paul R. Martin, Ph.D.
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location = Albany, Ohio,
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key_people = Paul R. Martin, CEO
Barbara Martin

Larry Pile

Ron Burks

Liz Wells
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industry = residential counseling center
products =
services = treatment of individuals exposed to abusive religious groups, organizations, and cults
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homepage = [http://wellspringretreat.org/index.php Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center]
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Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center is a residential counseling center specializing in the treatment of individuals who they evaluate as having suffered in what they consider abusive religious groups, organizations, cults, domestic violence, clergy and therapist abuse, and manipulative relationships involving mind-control, brainwashing, psychological, emotional, mental, or spiritual abuse. It is accredited by CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. cite web
title=Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center
] Founded in 1986 by Dr. Paul R. Martin and his wife Barbara, and located in Albany, Ohio, it is the only accredited facility of its kind in the world. cite paper
author=Corrie Callaghan
title=Center Assists Cult Survivors
publisher=The Ohio State University Post
date=February 25,1999
] cite web
title=Organizations List Cult-Help
] It also is the only counseling facility recommended by the Christian Research Institute. cite web
title=Cult treatment center braces itself for new millennium
] Wellspring is also a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. cite web
title=Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center - profile
work= Cultic Studies Journal
author=Larry Pile
authorlink=Larry Pile


Wellspring has been a place of recovery for over 500 survivors and ex-members of what they consider abusive groups and relationships. This includes over 100 former members of the International Church of Christ, the largest group, as well as members of Scientology and Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church cite paper
author=David W. Martin
title=The Jesus Pyramid
publisher=The Cleveland Scene
date=May 10, 2001
] It also offers educational, consulting, and family support services. Several of its staff members are published authors, and Wellspring is also an informational resource to national and international media to raise awareness about coercive persuasion and its treatment. cite episode
title = Raised in a Cult
series = The Montel Williams Show
serieslink = The Montel Williams Show
network = CBS Paramount
airdate = February 28, 2002
season = 10
transcripturl = http://lisatrust.freewinds.cx/Media/cults-montel.htm
] cite paper
author=Jim Phillips
title=Counselor fights for freedom of cult victims 'one mind at a time'
publisher=The Athens News
date=November 24, 2004

Wellspring has been praised by cult researcher Dr. Ronald Enroth, in his best-selling book "Churches That Abuse", as well as in the follow-up book, "Recovering From Churches That Abuse". [cite book
last = Enroth
first = Ronald
authorlink = Ronald Enroth
title = Churches That Abuse
publisher = Zondervan Publishing House
year = 1992
id = ISBN 0-310-53290-6
] cite book
last = Enroth
first = Ronald
authorlink = Ronald Enroth
title = Recovering From Churches That Abuse
publisher = Zondervan Publishing House
year = 1994
page = 33
id = ISBN 0-310-39870-3
] In the latter he wrote, in part:

Wellspring exists because recovering emotionally, restoring a loving relationship with God, and re-entering society are not easily accomplished on one's own. The accounts in this book reveal how tortuous the path to recovery can be without professional, caring help. The tragedy is that for the victims of spiritual abuse, the options are disappointingly few. Not many programs are especially equipped, as Wellspring is, to treat victims of spiritual abuse.


Prominent staff include Dr. Martin, executive director and CEO, Mrs. Martin, and Larry Pile, cult researcher and archivist, all former members of Great Commission International, now known as Great Commission Association. Other staff include Stephen Martin; Ron Burks, associate clinical director, who has appeared on a segment of "The Montel Williams Show" as an expert; and Liz Wells, a former PBS television personality who gave her life to a cult before her recovery at Wellspring. cite paper
author=Michael Sangiacomo
title=Wellspring: Helping ex-cult members shed guilt and embrace freedom
publisher=The Cleveland Plain Dealer
date=December 23, 2001
] cite web
title=MyOwnMind - Cult Recovery and Support Groups


See also

External links

* [http://wellspringretreat.org/index.php Official site] , "Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center"

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