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MessageSujet: Landmark 4 Les Enfants   Mer 20 Fév 2008 - 10:54

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Les enfants.

Stages pour les enfants
Mis en ligne le 26 mai 2004
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Pour les stages des enfants, le site en anglais propose d’ailleurs deux formules :

Landmark forum pendant des années de l'adolescence (13 ans et plus)

La puissance d'inventer de nouvelles possibilités ;le courage de relever des défis ; et la liberté de créer, de se développent, et être plein d’expressions.


(The Landmark Forum for Teens (Ages 13 and Up)

The power to invent new possibilities; courage to face challenges; and freedom to create, grow, and be fully-expressed.


In this three-day educational program, teens examine their lives in a way that leaves them empowered to be responsible for their lives. They discover a new appreciation and respect for themselves and others. They gain clarity in what it takes to communicate and effectively relate to others. They are left with a new freedom in life. )


Et Landmark forum pour les jeunes (âges 8-12)

La puissance d'inventer de nouvelles possibilités ; courage de relever des défis ; et la liberté à créer, se développent, etc….

Dans ce programme éducatif de trois jours, les jeunes examinent leurs vies etc…etc..

(The Landmark Forum for Young People (Ages 8-12)

The power to invent new possibilities; courage to face challenges; and freedom to create, grow, and be fully-expressed.

In this three-day educational program, young people examine their lives in a way that leaves them empowered to be responsible for their lives. They discover a new appreciation and respect for themselves and others. They gain clarity in what it takes to communicate and effectively relate to others. They are left with a new freedom in life.)


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MessageSujet: Re: Landmark 4 Les Enfants   Dim 2 Mar 2008 - 17:36

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06.23.06Kids trained by Landmark Education, is it “brainwashing” or their “salvation”?
Posted in Landmark Education at 2:59 pm by Rick Ross

Not content with making money from adults paying for its controversial large group awareness training (LGAT) the controversial company called “Landmark Education“ targets minor children.

Kids as young as eight were recently enrolled at a cost of “$700 a child” in Australia to go through Landmark’s “intensive three-day workshop” reported The Sunday Times.

40 elementary school children were signed up this month in Perth for the supposedly “life-changing” LGAT based upon the teachings of a former used car salesman ”Jack” Rosenberg, who later changed his name to Werner Erhard......

.......Landmark has a formula to make even more money.

First it recruits parents to take its courses and then the company gets them to enroll their kids.

This can potentially cause conflict, if parents are divorced and share joint custody.

A Perth policeman refused to let his ex-wife send their daughter to the LGAT.

“It struck me as a money-making enterprise and I really thought that the three-day seminar could be quite stressful and draining,” he said. The officer also questioned why anyone would put an 8-year-old through something so “stressful or draining” referring to Landmark’s methods as “pressure-cooker teaching.”

But kids have become lucrative for Landmark, which runs programs in the US for children 8-12 and teens too.

Effectively Landmark has turned families into ”cash cows” and has successfully milked almost 2,000 kids in Australia alone.

Landmark’s programs are controversial and some have called them ”brainwashing.”

The company has a long history of bad press and it garnered some more this month “down under.”

Australian adolescent psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg warned parents “to be wary” of the workshop and called it an “utter waste of money.”

“If a child has a major psychological problem they should go to a fully qualified, government-accredited professional,” he said.

It is unclear what educational requirements Landmark requires or expects from its seminar leaders, who are typically neither mental health professionals, nor licensed or accountable to any government regulatory or accrediting body.

The psychologist was also concerned about “overloading children on the weekend” and he said, “sticking a kid in there for three days is pretty awful.”

Greg isn’t the only doctor worried about LGATs like Landmark.

Clinical psychologist Philip Cushman studied LGATs in the 1990s and published a paper after researching what he called “mass marathon training.”

Cushman saw serious problems for adults, let alone children.

In his paper titled “The Politics of Transformation: Recruitment - Indoctrination Processes in a Mass Marathon Psychology Organization” Cushman says that such “training is usually based on the belief that it is a universal truth that all human beings will have problems in life until they develop deep cathartic psychological insight, experience completely their every feeling, and live only in the present moment.”

Cushman goes on to explain that ”according to this ideology all defenses are bad and must be destroyed. They shape their group exercises in order to uncover and intensify the participants’ underlying conflicts and deficits. Everyone must be exposed to these exercises; there are no exceptions. When all defenses are destroyed, they claim there is literally no limit to what each individual can accomplish.”

What the psychologist describes is reflected in Landmark Education’s repetitious vocabulary filled with buzz words like “breakthrough,” “integrity,” “transformation” and “completion” that become a kind of “loaded language” for its graduates.

Landmark’s spokesperson told the press in Perth that the LGAT enabled children to “gain clarity” and “examine their lives in a way, which leaves them empowered,” which gives them “a new freedom in life…[for] powerfully facing…risks and challenges…”

Cushman pointed out more than a dozen serious problems that frequently pop up wit LGAT groups like Landmark.

They lack adequate participant-selection criteria.
They lack reliable norms, supervision, and adequate training for leaders.
They lack clearly defined responsibility.
They sometimes foster pseudoauthenticity and pseudoreality.
They sometimes foster inappropriate patterns of relationships.
They sometimes ignore the necessity and utility of ego defenses.
They sometimes teach the covert value of total exposure instead of valuing personal differences.
They sometimes foster impulsive personality styles and behavioral strategies.
They sometimes devalue critical thinking in favor of “experiencing” without self-analysis or reflection.
They sometimes ignore stated goals, misrepresent their actual techniques, and obfuscate their real agenda.
They sometimes focus too much on structural self-awareness techniques and misplace the goal of democratic education; as a result participants may learn more about themselves and less about group process.
They pay inadequate attention to decisions regarding time limitations. This may lead to increased pressure on some participants to unconsciously “fabricate” a cure.
They fail to adequately consider the “psychonoxious” or deleterious effects of group participation (or] adverse countertransference reactions.
Cushman warns specifically ”as a result, participants and leaders may unconsciously distort their feelings and responses when reporting to researchers about the group or recruiting for future groups. This might result in a deceptive ‘oversell’ that could undermine informed consent and lead to unrealistic regressive expectations in new recruits, the specific type of problems that have been found to lead to psychological casualties.”

Landmark’s long history of personal injury lawsuits goes back to its old “est” days.

Many participants claimed they were hurt by Landmark and some sued.

In fact, Landmark is so concerned about legal liability that it now requires participants to sign a waiver, whereby they cannot take the company to court before a jury, but instead must submit to “binding arbitration.”

Essentially, this acts as “poison pill” to fend off litigation.

Does this sound like something that an 8 to 12-year-old child or teen should be involved in?

Landmark is good at persuading people that its courses are positive and that they somehow produce benefits.

In polling gathered through surveys often sponsored and/or paid for by the company, a high percentage of its graduates are convinced that they benefited in some way from attending the LGAT.

However, these are subjective responses about how participants feel, not objective results that have been scientifically measured.

Should parents and the general public be wary?

Is there something potentially unsafe about an LGAT like Landmark?

According to Cushman’s research LGATs can become “dangerous” when they demonstrates the following criteria:

Leaders [have] rigid, unbending beliefs about what participants should experience and believe, how they should behave in the group and when they should change.
Leaders [have] no sense of differential diagnosis and assessment skills, valued cathartic emotional breakthroughs as the ultimate therapeutic experience, and sadistically pressed to create or force a breakthrough in every participant.
Leaders [have] an evangelical system of belief that was the one single pathway to salvation.
Leaders [are] true believers and sealed their doctrine off from discomforting data or disquieting results and tended to discount a poor result by, “blaming the victim.”
Landmark’s own training manuals for its Forum Supervisors states, “a Landmark ‘Forum Supervisor’ needs to be an s.o.b. for impeccability. You need to give up a concern for being liked…Be a destroyer…” and “Don’t ever let people move or stand up or talk before you have declared the start of the break. Don’t ever let stuff like that go by. Ever, ever, ever.”

Landmark’s own warnings and disclaimers in its application for the Landmark Forum states, “…people will from time to time cry or experience headaches, tiredness, nausea, confusion, disappointment, feelings of anxiety, uncertainty, and hopelessness. Some participants may find the Program physically, mentally, and emotionally stressful.”

In an article titled “Drive-thru Deliverance“ a Forum leader reportedly told participants “Anything you want in life is possible that you invent as a possibility and enroll others in your having gotten.”

Those attending the Forum in Phoenix asked “why the rules [were] so rigid”?

They were told that “transformation” required following rules, and they soon learned that those that broke the rules might be humiliated and labeled as “uncoachable.”

Werner Erhard the seminar guru that concocted this LGAT claimed that he received a revelation while driving on a California freeway in 1971, he realized that he knew nothing. And the instant he realized that he knew nothing, he then realized he knew everything, and everything was good.

Landmark teaches a philosophy that becomes a belief system for its adherents, and some seem to consider it their “salvation.”
http://www.cultnews.com/?p=2075


Citation :
Stress fear in $700 child forum
The Sunday Times, Australia/June 11, 2006
By Peta Hellard
WA children as young as eight who attend "life-changing" coaching sessions by a controversial US company could have difficulty with their schoolwork afterwards, according to experts.

Landmark Education, a multi-million dollar corporation based in San Francisco, is charging families $700 a child to attend its Forum for Young People, which it claims creates "breakthrough results".

About 40 WA children aged from eight to 12 are enrolled in the intensive three-day workshop, which will be held in Perth in August.

The course will see children skip school on a Friday, working from 9am to 6pm for three days straight over the weekend and having to complete assignments during lunchbreaks and for homework, then begin a full school week on the Monday.

WA child development and education experts are concerned about the intensive hours of the course and about children being taken out of school for a day to attend the high-cost forum.

Adolescent psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg urged parents to be wary of dipping into their family budget to send children to the course – which costs more than $230 a day.

"The personal-development material being taught in WA schools is perfectly adequate so I would regard this (course) with enormous scepticism and as a complete and utter waste of money," Dr Carr-Gregg said.

"If a child has a major psychological problem they should go to a fully qualified, government-accredited professional, rather than some `you beaut' system imported from America."

Association of Independent Schools of WA deputy executive director Valerie Gould said that without a regular weekend break to relax, children would likely be tired and distracted during lessons in the ensuing days.

"Overloading children on the weekend could make them less able to deal with the following week at school," she said.

"I think sticking a kid in there for three days is pretty awful. The only legitimate reasons parents should take children out of school is for a medical reason or urgent family business."

Landmark Education spokeswoman Deb Beroset said the organisation condoned parents taking their children out of school for a day so the youngsters could attend the course.

"We trust parents to make the appropriate choices for their children," Ms Beroset said.

"The schedule has been reviewed by our health and education professional advisers to their approval."

Course material says the program enables children to "gain clarity" and "examine their lives in a way which leaves them empowered", giving them "a new freedom in life".

Organisers also claim the course can result in breakthroughs in several areas, including "seeing rules and agreements as a way to have life work", "generating excellence in school" and "powerfully facing the risks and challenges of life".

A WA police officer told The Sunday Times that he was concerned after his former wife sought the required consent from him for their daughter to attend the course in Perth.

The officer, who did not want to be named, said after researching the group on the internet, he declined to give permission.

"It struck me as a money-making enterprise and I really thought that the three-day seminar could be quite stressful and draining," he said.

"An eight-year-old shouldn't be doing anything more stressful or draining than a times table or spelling test."

Adrian van Leen – director of Concerned Christian Growth Ministries, a WA organisation that investigates cult and other groups – said parents should think twice about allowing their children to participate.

"Children should be learning from general life experiences and growth rather than an abbreviated, pressure-cooker teaching course," he said.

Landmark Education's US-based legal counsel Art Schreiber said parents should not be concerned about their children taking part.

"There is nothing cult-like or religious about our programs," he said.

"Landmark Education is an international training and development company that offers a unique educational program that creates breakthrough results for people and organisations."

Previously known as Est, Landmark Education was founded in 1971 by Werner Erhard, a former used-car and door-to-door encyclopedia salesman, after he quit Scientology.

Like other US direct-marketing companies, it relies on word-of-mouth for promotion and recruitment of new clients.

Landmark Education has grown to become a worldwide giant, with courses offered in 140 cities through 52 offices across 23 countries. It made a total revenue of $100 million in 2005, with $9 million of that coming from its Australian arm.

Only children of people who have completed at least one of Landmark Education's adult courses are allowed to be enrolled in the course.

Ms Beroset said since the children's course was launched in Australia 12 years ago, 1940 children had participated.

Since 2000 when it was first held in its Hay St, Perth, office, 286 WA children have taken part.

Landmark Education's Perth office refused to make any comment to The Sunday Times about its upcoming course, referring all inquiries to its head office in the US.
http://www.rickross.com/reference/landmark/landmark216.html
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MessageSujet: Re: Landmark 4 Les Enfants   Jeu 6 Mar 2008 - 21:54

The Landmark Forum for Teens (Ages 13 and Up)



The power to invent new possibilities; courage to face challenges; and freedom to create, grow, and be fully-expressed.



In this three-day educational program, teens examine their lives in a way that leaves them empowered to be responsible for their lives. They discover a new appreciation and respect for themselves and others. They gain clarity in what it takes to communicate and effectively relate to others. They are left with a new freedom in life.

Program Logistics
The Landmark Forum for Teens is challenging and exciting. It's an interactive experience, more like coaching than teaching. A Landmark Forum leader leads teens through a series of discussions geared toward dealing with issues that are important to them.



The Landmark Forum for Teens is for 13- to 17-year-olds who participate with the permission of their parents. It is a three-day course, held during one weekend. Each day begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. or later. Breaks are approximately every 2 1/2 to 3 hours, and there is a meal break each day. (The course includes short meetings for parents during the same weekend.) Meet the leaders of this program.

http://www.landmarkeducation.com/display_content.jsp?top=21&mid=94&siteObjectID=95
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MessageSujet: Re: Landmark 4 Les Enfants   Jeu 6 Mar 2008 - 22:05

The Landmark Forum for Young People (Ages 8-12)



The power to invent new possibilities; courage to face challenges; and freedom to create, grow, and be fully-expressed.

In this three-day educational program, young people examine their lives in a way that leaves them empowered to be responsible for their lives. They discover a new appreciation and respect for themselves and others. They gain clarity in what it takes to communicate and effectively relate to others. They are left with a new freedom in life.

Program Logistics
The Landmark Forum for Young People is an engaging and interactive experience. A Landmark Forum leader will coach children through a series of discussions geared toward dealing with issues that are important to them.

The Landmark Forum for Young People is a three-day (Friday - Sunday) program for 8- to 12-year-olds who participate with the permission of their parents. Friday and Saturday begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. or later. Sunday begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m. or later. Breaks are approximately every 2 1/2 to 3 hours, and there is a lunch break each day. (The course includes short meetings for parents during the same weekend.) Meet the leaders of this program.
http://www.landmarkeducation.com/display_content.jsp?top=21&mid=98&siteObjectID=99
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