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Discussion Board Follow-up Questions: Forum #3
by Dr. Brian Campbell



·         Given the experiences that Mary had with her earthly father, how do you think she views her heavenly Father?  If you chose to counsel her, how would you go about correcting her view of God if it was distorted?  If you chose to use Scriptures, which Scriptures might be appropriate?



·         What sorts of irrational beliefs (faulty thinking) do you feel that Mary may have "bought into" because of her earthly father's conditioning/perversion of her thinking?  List three “false beliefs” that might have developed.  How would you go about correcting any irrational beliefs?



·         Mary had recently attempted suicide.  What types of irrational beliefs may have driven her to the decision to take her own life?  How would you help her defeat these toxic beliefs?



·         There are two words that come to mind when I think of Mary’s case:  trust and hope.  Both of these underlying beliefs are characteristic of a healthy relationship with God.  How would you go about restoring these in Mary’s case?


·         Mary’s case brings up ethical issues.  Would you feel that you are competent to treat a case with a severe psychological disorder such as DID?  If you did not feel competent, what would you do?


·         If Mary revealed her horrific childhood abuse to you, how do you think you would react emotionally?  Would your own emotional reaction interfere with your ability to counsel her?


·         As you gain experience in counseling others, one of the most important “beliefs” that you can instill in your clients is that of “hope.”  This concept is especially relevant when dealing with individuals who are depressed.  Mary tried to commit suicide.  How might you help restore hope to her life?  What scriptures would be relevant?


·         How might the use of scriptures “backfire,” or prove to be counterproductive in Mary’s case? 




·         McMinn (2011) mentions, when discussing schizophrenic and manic patients, that prayer may be dangerous and unsafe because of the delicate psychological state (p. 93).  Do you believe that the same caveat may be applicable with respect to the use of scriptures in Mary’s case?—If so, why?



·         It would seem that Mary would have every reason to be "mad at God."  If she expressed such anger when you were counseling her, how would you handle this situation?



A General Follow-up Post



Some people have asked for further details about the case of Mary. In the following video, Dr. Campbell, the treating therapist in this case, provides additional information regarding the case of Mary, and shows how to conceptualize  Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) utilizing the psychological construct of "State Dependent Learning” (SDL).  The utilization of this concept (SDL) is another example of the integration of psychology into Christian counseling.

Dr. Campbell Video

Dissociative Identity Disorder: The Case of Mary

Duration: (6:36)
User: doctoisin - Added: 4/28/14




What scripture topics do you anticipate you might use with Mary?  Do any specific scriptures come to mind?  You can see a list of topics on my internet site.