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Spencer Harris Morfit

On an FMSF advisory board composed mainly of psychologists, psychiatrists and college professors, Spencer Harris Morfit stands out as an exception. Instead of spending her professional life in a classroom or in a laboratory, she has survived in the rough-and-tumble world of business.

After receiving her B.A. degree from Middlebury College in Vermont, Ms. Morfit studied at the Art Institute in Chicago and the Rhode Island School of Design.

As a journalist, Ms. Morfit became aware of the Satanic cult phenomenon in the 1990’s. "Either this is true," she decided, "in which case I have a good story, or it is not true, in which case I also have a good story." She pursued her story and discovered her first impression was accurate: "The whole thing was bizarre."

Ms. Morfit's article Challenge to Psychotherapy: A Closer Look at the Implications of the False Memory Syndrome was published in The Journal of Sex Education and Therapy. It was the first time the Journal, which is the peer-review professional publication of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists, had published an article by a non-professional.

Besides noting steady gains in the legal field, Ms. Morfit also reported "unprecedented public skepticism" about therapy, noting particularly that "therapies developed from Freudian roots are much more speculative and, thus, justifiably more vulnerable." She predicted that there would be a movement toward therapies that have a more empirical basis, such as cognitive behavioral therapy.

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