Paul R. Martin

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Paul R. Martin
Born June 28, 1946
United States
Died August 14, 2009
Occupation Psychotherapist, Psychologist,
Director, Wellspring Retreat

Paul R. Martin was a psychotherapist, licensed clinical psychologist, and director of the Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center in Ohio. He also worked in private practice in Athens, Ohio. Martin taught psychology, psychopharmacology, and the Biblical basis of behavior for five years at Geneva College, where he was a member of the department of psychology.[1]

In his 1994 book Cult-Proofing Your Kids, Martin wrote about his former membership and leadership in the Great Commission International (currently called Great Commission Association of Churches). In 1971, he dropped out of graduate school to join the group, when it was known as "The Blitz". He later explained that he left the group when he did not receive an adequate response, after questioning its more controversial methods and tactics.[2]


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  • "The Non-Negotiable Factors in Cult Recovery", Leo J. Ryan Conference, 2001
  • "Cults, Psychological Manipulation & Society", Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 1999
  • AFF Annual Conference: Jonestown Memorial, November 1998, Chicago, Illinois
  • AFF Annual Conference: Children and Cults, May 1998, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • "Cults: A Clinical and Research Update", Undue Influence Conference, National Institute of Health, January 17, 1997, Bethesda, Maryland
  • "Psychological Aspects of Cultic Involvement", Rockford Conference on Discernment and Evangelism, 1989
  • "Self-injury Behavioral Programs", 2nd Annual Behavior Modification Conference, Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, 1986


  1. ^ Profile, ICSA, Paul R. Martin, Ph.D.
  2. ^ Cult-Proofing Your Kids. Zondervan. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  3. ^ Enlightenment: Ma's ashram: A Press Journal special report,, May 5, 2004, Jayne Hustead.
    In May 1993, Martin received the American Family Foundation's John G. Clark award for distinguished scholarship in cult studies.
  4. ^ Edward Lottick, M.D., award recipient, AFF website.