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Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, retired;Lecturer; CEO, Trauma Research Center and Child Abuse Recovery Speakers Bureau; former Supervisor, Alberta Canada Mental Health; Director Provo Utah Family Counseling Center, Consultant to legal entities on satanic crime and Author, “Twenty-Two Faces: Inside the Extraordinary Life of Jenny Hill and Her Twenty-Two Multiple Personalities” and writing, “Saints, Sinners and Satan: my journey.”
I present a historical perspective on the growth of the Dissociate Identity Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress diagnoses. Using twenty years of research with over eighty ritually abused victims, I discuss the ever-present phenomenon of denial as to recognition of dissociation; track underlying causes; explain birth of alter personalities within a traumatized child’s developing brain in order to cope; show how alternative thinking patterns function to protect the core personality and encourage survivors and practitioners to re-evaluate their treatment modalities to better confront, deal with and heal from trauma so as to lead more productive lives.