Comments on Allen's Work:
"Allen, I want to thank you for being a guest speaker last week in my
Special Topics course,"Sociology of Cults"...The students were excited
about your visit to our class and were clearly struck not only by your
intimate involvement in issues related to our course topics, but also
by your in depth knowledge.... Your style of presentation was informative,
down to earth, clear, energetic and interactive... You were a terrific
inspiration to the students, many of whom commented at the next class session
how much they learned from you and how you sparked their interest in this field.
I look forward to inviting you to speak to future classes."
Janja Lalich, PH.D
Professor of Sociology
California State University,Chico
"I know him from his reputation in our program and he was a guest lecturer
for my social psychology course on several occasions. Allen is an expert on
the social psychology of cults and totalitarian belief systems. He is one of the
finest lecturers I have ever listened to."
Paul E. Thetford, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Texas Woman's University
"We Have had more enthusiastic feedback from your presentation
than any of our other round tables."
Program Specialist, Mental Health Association
"Please accept our thanks and appreciation for the Grand Rounds presentation
you gave on June, 24, 2003. Those Psychiatrists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical
Social Workers, Nurses, and other professionals in attendance gave you mostly
"excellent" in their evaluation of your presentation.
I was approached by most of the attendees who wanted me to invite you back for our next
Grand Rounds in the fall. I was very pleased that you have agreed to give Part Two of your
presentation. I will get in touch with you in the next month with the exact date.
Again let me thank you. You have a very good style in your teaching. You kept everyone's
interest and you could tell from the many questions and comments from the audience that you stimulated
James J. Park, Ph.D.
Butte County Department of Behavioral Health
"Thanks for asking about Allen I was captivated by him and appreciated
his authenticity. He was real, a courageous feat for a speaker, I think,
and essential for a therapist."
Dona Templeman,Grad Student
"I want to thank you again for your excellent presentation on cult behavior...
You are an excellent speaker and your message is very important."
Rick Spletter, Co-chair
Dallas Alcohol and Drug Association
"How pleased we were with 'The Cult Phenomenon: A Psychological Perspective".
The evaluations have been the best we've received in a long time...thank you very much"
Helen G. Green, R.N., M.S,
Director Continuing Education
Timberlawn Psychiatric Hospital
"Allen on behalf of the Masters in Counseling Program, I want to thank you for your two
excellent presentations to the students on cult psychology in the course the Psychology of Hate.
You stirred things up. Glen and Aaron had good responses during their follow up sessions.
It speaks well of you and your work, your charm and authenticity."
Dennis Patrick Slattery Ph.D. Core Faculty,
Pacifica Graduate Institute
"Last tuesday evening Allen Tate Wood was the guest speaker at my world
religion class. His topic dealt with 'cults", a subject of great interest these days
given the recent Heaven's Gate tragedy. His presentation was outstanding.
The students and I really appreciated the quality of his talk. He is a dynamic speaker
who engages his audience with his passion and personal knowledge."
Alex Pappas, Instructor of Comparative Religion
"Delighted to find your web page Allen. Such education sites serve a valuable purpose. My wife
left a new age cult some years back after a successful exit counseling and we've tried to 'do
our bit', particularly in Australia, since that time. We wrote a book about our experiences and
the feedback, particularly from distressed families, has been excellent. Your site is another
important resource in spreading the word that coercive persuasion, hidden agendas,
unauthorized use of altered states of consciousness, exploitation and excessive control
are not to be tolerated. People joining groups are entitled to full information, should be
allowed to doubt and be free to leave unhindered and undamaged. Congratulations on
being an important part of the education scene in this area."