Alternative Considerations Of Jonestown & People’s Temple

Alternative Considerations Of Jonestown & People's Temple

Welcome to “Alternative Considerations of Jonestown and Peoples Temple,” sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies at San Diego State University. This website is designed to give personal and scholarly perspectives on a major event in the history of religion in America. Its primary purpose is to present information about Peoples Temple as accurately and objectively as possible. In an effort to be impartial, we offer many diverse views and opinions about the Temple and the events in Jonestown.

We hope that visitors to the site will come away with an understanding that the story of Jonestown did not start or end on 18 November 1978.




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World Of Statistics

World Of Statistics

The World of Statistics—the successor to the highly successful International Year of Statistics (Statistics2013) campaign celebrated in 2013—is a global network of nearly 2,360 organizations worldwide committed to: increasing public awareness of the power and impact of statistics on all aspects of society, nurturing statistics as a profession, especially among young people and promoting creativity and development in the sciences of probability and statistics.

Why is statistics important? The short answer is that the science of statistics has powerful and far-reaching effects on everyone, yet most people are unaware of their connection to statistics—from the foods we eat to the medicines we take, to the air we breathe to the bridges we cross each day—and how statistics improve their lives.

The World of Statistics website promotes these goals by providing regular blogs on applications of statistics that are bettering our lives, information about the many interesting and rewarding careers in statistics, and up-to-date information on statistically related events and activities worldwide.

Participating organizations in The World of Statistics include national and international professional statistical societies, colleges and universities, primary and secondary schools, businesses, government statistical agencies, and research institutes. These organizations are located in 131 countries spanning the globe.




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Providers Clinical Support System

Providers Clinical Support System

Training is designed to increase the knowledge base and clinical proficiency of prescribers and providers from diverse multi-disciplinary healthcare backgrounds. An on-line curriculum includes training materials expanded from Providers’ Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (PCSS-O) and Physicians’ Clinical Support System for Buprenorphine (PCSS-B) to include significant additional content such as: patient selection and matching with treatment setting (residential, outpatient program,  office-based) and specific medications (methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone); practical guidelines for detoxification (both outpatient and inpatient); implementing antagonist-based treatment, managing long-term maintenance on medications; transitioning from agonist- to antagonist-based treatment; managing substance use and co-occurring psychiatric disorders; treatment of individuals with co-occurring medical problems and chronic pain; treatment in specialized populations such as adolescents, elderly, pregnant women, and those involved in veterans and criminal justice healthcare systems .




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Life After Hate

Life After Hate

Based on our own powerful narratives of transformation and decades of experience in the extreme far-right, we support schools, community groups, NGOs, and other organizations that have a desire to understand, teach, heal, prevent, and counter racism and violent extremism in their communities.

We are engaged in academic research, with reputable partners, to understand individual-level pathways into and out of extremism.  This understanding enables us to develop strategies and solutions to counter violent extremism in its many forms.

Through our program ExitUSA, we help radicalized individuals disengage from extremist movements and begin the process of deradicalization.  Our own unique experiences position us in the best place possible to understand the challenges and support needed to assist those who want to leave, or who have already left an extremist movement on their own.  We also support community practitioners (counselors, social workers, faith leaders, etc.) and families who are working with individuals who have the desire to change.




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Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)

ABCT has been at the forefront of the professional, legal, social, and ethical controversies and dissemination efforts that have accompanied the field’s evolution. The training of mental health professionals has also been a significant priority for the association. An ongoing debate within the association concerns what many consider to be a movement away from basic behavioral science as the field has attempted to advance and, in doing so, integrate more and more “new” therapies/specializations, particularly the addition of cognitive theory and its variety of techniques. The field’s desire to maintain its scientific foundations and yet continue to advance and grow was reflected in its most recent discussion about adding the word “cognitive” to the name of the association.




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Society for Personality Assessment

Society for Personality Assessment

The Society for Personality Assessment is dedicated to the development of methods of personality assessment, the advancement of research on their effectiveness, the exchange of ideas about the theory and practice of assessment and the promotion of the applied practice of personality assessment.

With 1500 international members, we are the largest organization in the world with this focus. Our membership is varied and includes clinicians in private practice, forensic assessors, researchers in private and public settings and educators in academic settings.




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Human Rights First

Human Rights First

On human rights, the United States must be a beacon. Activists fighting for freedom around the globe continue to look to our country for inspiration and count on us for support. Upholding human rights is not only a moral obligation; it’s a vital national interest: America is strongest when our policies and actions match our values.

Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. We believe American leadership is essential in the global struggle for human rights, so we press the U.S. government and private companies to respect human rights and the rule of law. When they fail, we step in to demand reform, accountability and justice. Around the world, we work where we can best harness American influence to secure core freedoms.

We know it is not enough to expose and protest injustice, so we create the political environment and policy solutions necessary to ensure consistent respect for human rights. Whether we are protecting refugees, combating torture, or defending persecuted minorities, we focus not on making a point, but on making a difference. For more than 35 years, we’ve built bipartisan coalitions and teamed up with frontline activists and lawyers to tackle global challenges that demand American leadership.

Human Rights First is a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization based in New York, Washington D.C. and Houston. To maintain our independence, we accept no government funding.




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International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA)

International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA)

Founded in 1979, the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is a global network of people concerned about psychological manipulation and abuse in cultic or high-demand groups, alternative movements, and other environments. ICSA is tax-exempt, supports civil liberties, and is not affiliated with any religious or commercial organizations.

ICSA is unique in how it brings together former group members, families, helping professionals and researchers.

ICSA’s mission is to apply research and professional perspectives to:

Help former members of cultic and other high-control environments

Provide guidance and support to families of people involved in high-control environments

Educate the public about psychological manipulation and the harmful effects of high-control environments

Encourage, support, and conduct research to advance understanding of psychological manipulation and high-control environments

And Support helping professionals interested in this area.




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