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Resources for Help

Freedom of Mind Resource Center

Steven Hassan is an internationally recognized cult recovery expert. His website contains relevant and helpful information. He also provides in-person help and professional guidance. The Freedom of Mind website is aware of UBF and can help with family or friends in the group: click here for more resources


The reFOCUS organization is a secular, non-profit tax-exempt organization which provides a network of support and referrals for individuals recovering from the effects of a destructive cult, or other closed, high-demand group or relationship.

reFOCUS Offers:

  • Referral to books, articles, journals, newsletters, video and audio materials, research data and voluntary surveys.
  • Information about cult recovery conferences and workshops.
  • The reFOCUS e-newsletter: This newsletter is a free internet e-newsletter which provides some time-tested articles on recovery issues as well as current articles, and a list of upcoming recovery workshops and conferences. We welcome contributions in the form of articles and ideas. If you are interested in receiving this newsletter, please email us at reFOCUSsupport@aol.com. If you subscribe, please keep us up to date on your email changes.

reFOCUS also assists with referrals to local support groups.reFOCUS collaborates with the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) and other recovery resources.

For information about mental health professionals sensitive to cultic experiences please see this list provided by ICSA: http://www.icsahome.com/networks/mentalhealth/coun...

FACT - Families Against Cultic Teachings and Abuse

Families Against Cult Teachings and abuses, Inc. (F.A.C.T.) is a secular 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and educating about destructive high-control / high-demand groups, as well as providing victim support services in the United States and abroad. We are also the only non-profit of our kind fighting to rescue victims from cults and working to hold these abusive groups accountable for their actions through law enforcement and legal action.

Wellspring Retreat Center

For over 25 years, Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center has provided outpatient counseling services for victims of spiritual abuse, psychological abuse, and toxic relationships in Southern Ohio. Since 1986, survivors have come from all over the globe to find respite and care through our specialized, research-based program.

"We offer hope and help through a program of counseling and education. We also offer phone consultations for therapeutic professionals and families, seminars, weekend educational workshops, conference presentations, and reference materials.

Our treatment plan is a multifaceted approach. Clients receive daily counseling and educational workshops from gentle, licensed professionals who understand the manipulative dynamics behind exploitative groups and relationships."

Online Spiritual Communities

Many people who leave authoritarian churches or cultic religious groups find reclaiming their faith to be difficult. You are not alone. Pastor David Hayward has setup an online community to help with your recovery journey without re-committing to another church.

The Lasting Supper: Pastor David Hayward

Pastor David is a Christian pastor to the fringes of society. As such, his thoughts can resonate with former UBF members, who also tend to live in the margins, outside normal society. The Lasting Supper offers paid memberships and a robust online spiritual community from many backgrounds.

Former UBF Member Help: Brian John Karcher

Brian was a UBF sheep but now he is a "goat". He spent 24 years at UBF and has written four books, published on Amazon, about life at UBF. Brian and his wife Mary were chapter directors until they closed down their house church. Brian has guided more than 40 UBF members out of the group since 2011. Brian is currently the sole admin of this website. Contact: click here to contact Brian