"You ended up losing your family over this?” “I did.”
Genesis Associates was an Exton, PA-based counseling practice which crashed and burned in the late 90's, leaving a long, scorchingly-painful trail of destruction in their wake. Founded by Pat Mansmann and Pat Neuhausel, Genesis employed the then-controversial, now
-largely-discredited recovered memory therapy
. Genesis also urged patients to "detach" (cut off contact) from their alleged abusers, as well as any individuals to whom they had become "addicted" - including their own children
. In a long, harshly critical article
in the Philadelphia Inquirer, a former patient is quoted as saying, "They had me brainwashed ... they get you so worn out, so confused, you can't think straight." A patient estranged from her children wrote, “The Genesis therapists were not only out to implant memories - they were out to destroy families and lives.” (“Betrayed” by Carol Diament; 3/4 of the way down this page
). The group's use of detachment
and "rage therapy"
were also prominently featured in the Frontline special "Divided Memories". Genesis was sued by dozens of former patients (1
); at least nine cases were settled
out of court. In 1999, Mansmann and Neuhausel surrendered their licenses
to practice in Pennsylvania. Unlike their patients', Mansmann and Neuhausel's relationship has remained tight... they're partners in an entity named "WIC Enterprises"
, they co-own property in Key West (manual search here
) and, as of 2008
, they were both members of the "National Center for Crisis Management". Their attorney has since been disbarred
. The book
they co-authored is still available used on Amazon.
posted by julthumbscrew
on Oct 12, 2012 -
Anger management therapy in prison.
Does it work? Is it ethical?
Prisoners who state "If I had had a better education, I would have a good job, and wouldn't need to commit crime"
have "distorted thinking"; and one prisoner claims therapy helped him premeditate an attack on an informer. Should prison therapy be effectively compulsory?
aims to find out what makes people happy.
posted by TheophileEscargot
on Nov 19, 2003 -