|A Prayerful Approach to Deprogramming
by Jim Friesen
This letter was written to the administrators
of the staff at C.A.R.E.
Dear C.A.R.E. and friends,
I have found no approach to "deprogramming" which
makes sense to me. The people at CARE have given me training on
a new approach which does make sense. Thank you Jo and Cheri for
teaching me this process. Please let me explain why I knew I
As is the case for many therapists, some clients were getting
nowhere with my "encouraging, non-confronting"
approach. Over time, I began to realize there were hidden
programs set up in their dissociative system of personalities
which made my approach unworkable. After assessing them, I found
that they have exactly the type of system which the process is
intended to help. Now that I have taken two people through this
approach, I am convinced that it is necessary to give up my
approach, when it comes to helping them. They need particular
spiritual and psychological interventions, designed specially to
take down the programming in their system. The alternative is
for them to remain stuck.
As I look at what I've learned with this prayerful approach, let
me make a few observations:
*The programming is essentially a spiritually maintained
structure, and must be taken down by spiritual power. This
process runs by the power of the Holy Spirit, which is the only
way to overcome the dark power of this programming.
*I continue to be encouraging and non-confronting in everything
I do in therapy, except when I am using this process, where it
is necessary to break Satan's power. We may need to be reminded
that God's kingdom is not about talk, but about power (I
*This approach does not work unless the client is willing to let
God be in charge of the therapy session. It is not the APPROACH
which works so well, it is the power of God which is so
magnificent. When we understand how a system works, then we can
do a better job of bringing God's power and grace into our work.
*This approach is certainly not for every person who is stuck in
treatment. Get more information before deciding to use this
In His Love,
Author of "Uncovering the Mysteries of MPD" and
"The Truth About False Memory Syndrome"
Used by permission
you are going to work with ritual abuse survivors, you
must also get educated if you want to be effective. And
you must learn to be humble. Trauma survivors do not need
to be around ignorant, modern-day Pharisees. Survivors in
pain need people who will connect with them on an
emotional level, get right down in there where they are,
and listen. --Kathleen Sullivan