Abstract and 1st Chapter of my Dissertation on Spirits, Possession/Incorporation/Mediumship, Dissociation, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Psychology, The Western Medical Model, Cultural Psychology

My Doctoral Dissertation

Here is the Abstract and First Chapter of my Dissertation for my Doctorate from August 2012. Please check it out. Its about a shared understanding of Psychology/The Western-Medical Model and a more Cultural and Spiritual Understanding based on our understanding of Dissociation/DID and Possession/Incorporation/Mediumship. Enjoy!!!! 🙂

This theoretical study explores the possibility of integrating cultural and spiritual experiences into the current psychiatric descriptions of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Illnesses (DSM-IV).

A review of cross-cultural literature across the world reveals a body of anthropological research demonstrating cultural interactions between spirituality and mental health. These experiences are sometimes congruent with and sometimes beyond the scope of the experimental scientific perspective, yet they hold significant meaning and roles in the experiences of each culture. To further understand and distinguish health from pathology, a need arises to incorporate this new dimension into our current DID definition. These cross-cultural experiences have similarities and symptomologies which we associate with our current understanding of Dissociative Identity Disorder, yet, as well, phenomena that are essentially different, healthy and humanizing as well as pathological.

A review of the history of DID (formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder), evidences an initial interest in spiritual phenomena for understanding dissociative properties by prominent nineteenth century psychologists. However, at the turn of the century, the field relocated its interests to an experimental model of scientific inquiry, a model strongly influencing the DSM-IV and our current description of DID. The reemergence of DID in the late twentieth century, energized global consciousness, brought a new interest to the disorder, but it continued to be defined exclusively by the bio-scientific paradigm. Cross-cultural explanations of dissociative phenomena were beyond the parameters of this paradigm.
The goal of this dissertation is to better understand DID through an integration of theoretic models, contributing to a more effective clinical response to this human experience.

About nicholasgolden10

Living with my fiance and her 3 kids. And our 2 cats. Just trying to get by in this crazy world. Started on my spiritual path 3 years ago after continued profound experiences. Music is my passion. Currently working as a counselor, life coach (just starting), behavior analyst, and spiritual consultant. Certified in Reiki I and II. Looking to finish up Advanced Reiki and become a Reiki Master by the Fall of 2013. I graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. I then continued my education and attained a Masters in Intensive Special Needs (M.Ed.) at Fitchburg State College and then my Board Certified Behavior Analyst Certification (BCBA-D) from Master Level courses from the University of North Texas. I then decided to pursue my education in psychology at the Doctoral Level at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP). I also attained a Masters in Arts in Psychology after completing my 2nd year of courses at MSPP. I graduated with my Doctorate (Psy.D) in Clinical Psychology from MSPP in August of 2012. I am currently doing my Post Doctorate Fellowship to attain supervision hours to sit for Professional Licensure in Psychology. I have clinical experience with clients with Mental Health Disorders, Spiritual Issues, Social/ Emotional issues, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Learning Disabilities, and other Special Needs ranging in ages from 2 to 65. I have worked for nonprofit organizations, private and public school systems, consultation services, community out-patient therapy services (individual, couples, group, and family), and an inpatient hospital. In addition to training in child, adolescent, adult, couples and family services, I have experience treating individuals coping with trauma, substance abuse, ADHD, depression, mood disorders, conduct disorders, dissociative disorders, anxiety, panic disorders, eating disorders, and autism spectrum disorders. My clinical work also focuses on sensitive issues concerning cultural, holistic, and spiritual aspects. I have over five years focusing on children, adolescent, adult, and family therapy in clinical psychology, in addition to my 12 years working as an ABA therapist/ consultant, case manager, clinical supervisor, and special education educator.
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1 Response to Abstract and 1st Chapter of my Dissertation on Spirits, Possession/Incorporation/Mediumship, Dissociation, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Psychology, The Western Medical Model, Cultural Psychology

  1. Pingback: ‘Niks goed nieuws’: SRA MPD DID…forms of mind control | Let there be Light

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