The Complexities of Diagnosing Ritual Abuse and Mind Control in Your Client

Recognition of ritual abuse and mind control in survivors is complex, as they often present with clues that are not obvious to a clinician unfamiliar with this more complex and severe type of trauma. This presentation will provide an overview of the clinical features and clues that ritual abuse and mind control may be present in the background of a client, despite apparently unrelated presenting problems. Participants will be introduced to both government (Monarch/MkUltra) and cult mind control programming. A brief understanding of how it can be misdiagnosed as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder will also be included.

Target Audience

Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session participants will be able to:

  • List at least five presentation clues that indicate a possible diagnosis of ritual abuse, mind control, or organized abuse.
  • Distinguish between the clinical presentation of Dissociative Identity Disorder as compared with someone with either Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder.
  • Describe some of the hallmark features of Monarch mind control.
Course summary
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  • 1.00 ISSTD Certificate Program
    This program is eligible for 1.00 credits in the ISSTD Certificate Program.
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Presenter: Eileen Aveni, LMSW, LCSW, ACSW, BCD
Presenter Bio: Eileen Aveni, LCSW, LMSW, ACSW, BCD, holds a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. She is currently in private practice in Fairfax, Virginia, where she also does full-day & longer intensives and consultations for ritual abuse, mind control and organized abuse survivors and their therapists from around the US. She also maintains a very active online practice which serves both Virginia and Michigan. Eileen has been working with ritual abuse and mind control survivors for over 27 years. She helped run a safe-house for ritual abuse survivors in SE Michigan for several years. She ran an on-going therapy group for RAMCOA survivors for 8 years. She worked on ritual abuse/sex trafficking legislation in Michigan and consulted for other state legislative teams. Eileen is a local, national, and international speaker. She has taught in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where she developed a graduate level internship and university internship course for the first Master’s level counseling degree in that nation. She supervised the entire graduate program of counseling students in their placements, including several sex trafficking centers for survivors fleeing to Kuala Lumpur for safety from all over SE Asia, most of whom showed significant dissociative symptoms. Eileen is the current Past Chair of the Ritual Abuse/Mind Control/Organized Abuse special interest group (RAMCOA-Sig), a division of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. She is on the Board for She is a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, the National Center for Crisis Management, and the American Association of Christian Counselors.

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  • 1.00 ISSTD Certificate Program
    This program is eligible for 1.00 credits in the ISSTD Certificate Program.


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