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Castlewood Lawsuits Dismissed

FMSF News Alert - December 20, 2013

Two years ago Lisa Nasseff accused both the Castlewood Treatment Center in St. Louis, Missouri and its former director, psychologist Mark Schwartz, of causing her to develop false memories of torture and satanic abuse and multiple personalities. Soon, three other former patients also brought lawsuits alleging that they were hypnotized and brainwashed. Following these accusations, Mark Schwartz stepped down as director.

Attorney William Smoler says that plaintiffs in the first two cases against Castlewood and Mark Schwartz have been ‘resolved’ favorably to both parties. The cases will be dismissed.

On December 16, 2013, The Post-Dispatch reported that members of a group of 25 to 30 families across the country called ‘Castlewood Victims Unite’ are deeply disappointed in this outcome because Schwartz and other staff members will not have to testify under oath. The members of the group are a mixture of former Castlewood patients and parents of Castlewood patients and all tell stories of ‘shattered families and broken daughters. ’

Settlements in civil actions are very common and make it difficult to hold therapists accountable.

Castlewood has hired three public relations firms since the lawsuits were filed and there has been a big turnover in direction and staff, according to The Post-Dispatch. Castlewood claims that Schwartz’s stepping down had nothing to do with the lawsuits.

Previous to being clinical director at Castlewood, Mark Schwartz and his wife Lori Galperin were directors of the Masters and Johnson Trauma units at Two Rivers Psychiatric Hospital in Kansas City and also at River Oaks Hospital in New Orleans. What the Post-Dispatch neglected to include in any of its articles is the fact that lawsuits were also brought against these hospitals for the same reasons: implanting memories of multiple personality and satanic ritual abuse. For example, Two Rivers reached an out-of-court settlement in December of 1998 in one case when Schwartz was director.

Mark Schwartz must be the Teflon-coated therapist - nothing sticks.

Freelance journalist Eddy Cara takes an in-depth look at one family’s experience with Castlewood Treatment centers in an article entitled "The Most Dangerous Idea in Mental Health".

Pam and J. Bean

Bernhard, B. (2013, December 16). Castlewood eating disorder lawsuit to be dismissed. St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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