Every day the search results trickle in. No more than a few at a time, but there they are, staring at me from the bone white screen of the control panel.
Last November, I wrote a story looking into the background of four separate ongoing civil suits filed against an eating disorder clinic, the Castlewood Treatment Center in Ballwin, Missouri. Co-founded by psychologist Mark Schwartz and his wife, social worker Lori Galperin, the Center has long promoted itself as a last-resort of desperate eating disorder sufferers, a desperation that the four litigants say was taken advantage of at every step by Schwartz and the Castlewood staff. The suits all allege that coercive therapeutic methods and powerful drugs were used to foster false memories of sexual abuse and multiple personalities. Why? In order to prolong months of intensive, expensive inpatient treatment sessions. Continue reading →
This is a review & response to: ‘Organised abuse and the politics of disbelief’, The 2nd Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference, Sydney, by Dr Michael Salter. Quotations from Salter’s article appear as italicized paragraphs.
“Since the 1980s, disclosures of organised abuse [cases of child sexual abuse that involve multiple perpetrators] have been disparaged by a range of activists, journalists and researchers who have focused, in particular, on cases in which sexually abusive groups were alleged to have behaved in ritualistic or ceremonial ways”
Critical analysis by activists, journalists and researchers, leading to expressions of disbelief, have been focused specifically on allegations of ritual abuse, and especially on allegations of satanic ritual abuse. No one is disputing the entire concept of “child sexual abuse involving multiple perpetrators”, as Salter has attempted to insinuate here.Continue reading →
Originally posted on UK/US skeptical blog, The Heresy Club, this piece is an introduction both to the Internal Family System model of therapy, which is gaining ground in the US among psychologists and social workers alike, and to the ongoing events in St. Louis involving Mark Schwartz. Both of which might represent the last legitimate stronghold of DID in the US. It’s also an introduction to me! Enjoy!
We’re often tempted to see memory as an ever-growing fabric of past actions, thoughts and moods. Sure, the edges might get frayed or a stitch undone every once in a while, but at the day’s end, there it is, an intricately woven tapestry of past events, free to return to and look over anytime we wish.
In actuality, memory is far from the perfect recollection we assume it to be. The edges fray constantly as only bits and pieces of a day’s life are ever meaningfully captured. The stitching warps and morphs not just as we record an event from our limited perspective, but every time we delve in to recall it. Most frighteningly, our perfectly laid out record can be subtly manipulated and altered without our awareness of it. At least, not until it’s too late.
Read the works of Dr. Colin Ross, they were all telling me, He has proven everything! CIA sex-slave producing mind-control programs, international conspiracies to cover-up crimes of Satanic cult activities, all proven beyond any reasonable doubt in the writings of this esteemed psychiatrist specializing in dissociation and trauma. Continue reading →