Monday, 13 June 2011

Liz Mullinar's beliefs in the limelight

Family justice index Dramatis Personae has recently broadened its coverage outside the British Isles – and Australia's highest-profile recovered memory advocate has attracted its attention.

With her grab bag of pop-psychology methods and toxic anti-family ideologies, Liz Mullinar is in good company.

Some of the individuals on the Dramatis Personae index might be dismissed as harmless eccentrics holding 'alternative' viewpoints. But regrettably, all too many have been able to wield considerable influence with health authorities and social welfare bodies in the UK and elsewhere. These include people such as Fleur Fisher, David Icke, Colin Ross and Valerie Sinason.

Mullinar herself falls into this category. Her organisation has lobbied for years to receive taxpayer funding – with a degree of success. Yet for any responsible health practitioner, there must remain serious questions about what she promotes as the Mayumarri Healing Model. Not least regarding its incorporation of discredited 'memory recovery' concepts, and simplistic ideas about human brain function.

Also deserving of scrutiny are the claims Mullinar makes about her 'abusive' childhood in England – particularly in relation to her father, Rev. Stephan Hopkinson. Indeed, there are indications that her accounts of certain events in the family history are not deemed accurate by her five brothers and sisters.

Dramatis Personae places Mullinar – and her beliefs – firmly in context. Across its many pages, drawing on a wide range of sources, the site records the impacts on family justice made by feminism, religion, pop psychology, pseudo-science, and ritual abuse mythology.

Liz Mullinar at Dramatis Personae

See also: Mayumarri Notes