I find that a strangely worded response, maybe due to the politics of the situation?
First, she says the programs are not harmful, and they are helpful to people. But they do not endorse them. And they are meant to help their clients, but their clients don't attend, but people off the street attend? And they do not endorse them, but they are the ones bringing them in?
It doesn't make a lot of sense.
Its possible that whoever books these programs is a True Believer, and just wants to slip them in.
A way to dig deeper might be to ask for the CREDENTIALS of the people conducting these programs.
Are they licensed and registered by the state?
Are they going to be held accountable?
Is the person doing the seminar going to walk away with the personal financial data of the people in the class?
After thanking me for my input on their programming, the women's agency sent me this reply....
We try to provide workshops and other programs that might stimulate individuals to make positive changes in their lives. I do not share your view that these two programs may be "harmful to people who are vulnerable and struggling". In providing these workshops we are trying to provide information that might be of interest to people who choose to attend. It is in no way an endorsement of their philosophies by our organization. Attendees will take away with them new information that they can choose to use or not use.
Also, although our clients that we serve on a daily basis are, in many ways, vulnerable and struggling, they are not the typical attendee at our evening workshops. People who attend are more apt to be contributors to our organization and those who have read about it in the newpaper.
In any case, our programs are well monitored to insure that self-promotion or financial gain of an individual or business is not the motive.