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The National Association for Consumer Protection in Mental Health Practices, is a non-profit organization, founded in 1994, due to the alarming number of False Memory cases. After reviewing several of these cases, it became clear legislative action was needed to protect the mental health consumer from unethical therapies involving guided imagery, hypnotism, sodium amytal interviews, with the intention of eliciting "so-called" repressed memories.

The goal of The National Association for Consumer Protection in Mental Health Practices is to call for the reform of the mental health system, restricting it to those mental health treatments proven reasonably safe and effective by reliable scientific methods. It is the further goal of this organization that legislation be enacted to require mental health practitioners to truthfully inform patients, clients and insurance systems of known and reasonably foreseeable benefits, risks, hazards and alternative mental health treatments as demonstrated by reliable scientific research methods, to protect the integrity of the legal system and the rights of citizens from unscientific and reckless expert testimony in courts of law.

The first call for legislation was the "Truth and Responsibility in Mental Health Practices Act," presented to Congress in 1995. A later version was presented to the Indiana Senate in 1997. Association President, R. Christopher Barden[*], Ph.D, J.D., LP and other members, have since testified before several judiciary committees across the United States.

* In the Fall of 1994, Robert Koscielny (Ohio) and Herman Ohme (Texas), two early FMS activist fathers met with Dr. Barden in Chicago and together co-founded NACPMHP. Koscielny & Ohme continued to serve as National Co-Chairmen       


                        Advisory Board

R. Christopher Barden, Ph.D., J.D., L.P.
National Association for Consumer Protection In Mental Health Practices.

National Co-Chairman
Herman W. Ohme (deceased)
San Antonio, Texas.

National Co-Chairman
Robert Koscielny
Ohio Association of Responsible Mental Health Practices.

Scientific Advisor
Henry E. Adams, Ph.D.
University of Georgia.

Scientific Advisor
Terrence Campbell, Ph.D.
Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Scientific Advisor
Robyn M. Dawes, Ph.D.
Carnegie-Mellon University.

Scientific Advisor
Paul Ekman, Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco.

Scientific Advisor
Hans J. Eysenck, Ph.D., D. Sc.
University of London.

Scientific Advisor
Richard H. Flyer, M.D.
Verona, New Jersey.

Scientific Advisor
William M. Grove, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota.

Scientific Advisor
Melvin J. Guyer, Ph.D., J.D.
University of Michigan.


Merger of NACPMHP and CSMMH



CSMMH Publications

CSMMH Coordinating Committee and Fellows

Commentary -- The Emperor's New Clothes



    Dr. R. Christopher Barden's Resumé

   Nobel Laureates


     Dr. Arthur Kornberg's Biography


     Dr. Baruj Benacerraf's Autobiography


     Dr. Francis Crick's Biography




California Supreme Court ruling   Removes the extended statute of limitations for molestation cases

The Barden letter to Rep. Henry Hyde  Written on behalf of Truth and Responsibility in Mental Health Practices

Psychologist Dr. Tana Dineen's critique of her industry   A web page of an article in Canada's National Post

Parents Against Cruel Therapy  A site that highlights the unfortunate results of recovered memory therapy

Claudette Grieb's story  A Canadian woman who's daughter and granddaughter died as a result of false memories

Partial transcript of a deposition of Richard Kluft  Moderated by William Smoler

Christopher Barden's talk at 1997 "Memory and Reality" conference   An unofficial transcript

Quotes relevant to recovered memory therapy  A  big collection of quotes from a variety of sources

Analytical model for categorizing cases of abuse or non-abuse  Some are remembered, some are not

A story of Beth Rutherford, a retractor  Lead article of a collection printed in the Springfield, MO News-Leader

Royal College of Psychiatry article on practice guidelines  A review article produced by a working group

Mario Bunge, an academic, criticizes fallacies within academia  He points out misdirections within the social sciences

A recap of one reporter's interpretation of meetings on recovered memories in Kansas City in 1995

Summary of Federal laws on child abuse over a 25-year period  CAPTA, the hallmark law, was introduced by Mondale

Psychologist Renee Fredrickson was sanctioned before the Minnesota Board of Psychology, 1999

The State of Illinois sanctions psychiatrist Bennett Braun, 1999

The Bruce Perkins case  A1995 article by Eleanor Goldstein and Mark Pendergrast about a tragedy in Texas

The case of Fran and Dan Keller  Accused of sexual abuse at an Austin day care center and of being Satanic cultists

Laura Pasley, a retractor, helps others find answers  Article in St. Petersburg Times

Page of links to false memory articles maintained by Rick Ross, a cult de-programmer

A summary of Recovered Memory Therapy litigation  At site

The Loose Screw Awards  Psychology's top 10 misguided ideas -- an article in Jan/Feb 2005 Psychology Today

Remembering Dangerously  1995 article by Dr. Elizabeth Loftus on issues related to creating false memories

Vita of Elizabeth Loftus  from her web files at the University of California, Irvine

A 2005 book review critical of the idea that grief counseling must be part of the recovery process for disaster victims

A story of Vynette Hamanne, the first to file a suit against Dr. Diane Humenansky, a St. Paul psychiatrist

An audio file of a TV segment on Recovered Memory Therapy

Dr. Laura talks with Holly, a young woman with a victimhood issue This aired in 1995

Amicus Curiae favoring defendants in the case of Taus vs. Loftus – left click here for MS Word file

Insightful article by Frank Furedi on degrading themes prevalent in our culture, from the Chicago Sun-Times

A 3-minute audio recording by Elliot Aronson on NPR’s Talk of the Nation on July 20, 2007 on cognitive dissonance

Johnson vs. Rogers Memorial Hospital case on claims of child sexual abuse was settled in Madison, Wisconsin