In a case that could revolve around the role of religion
in mental health care, a Springfield psychologist is accused of violating professional
standards by counseling a patient on demon possession and inviting her to a
Psychologist Thomas DeVol markets himself as a Christian
psychologist and, as part of his anti-divorce counseling, says he has invoked
Jesus’ name on dozens of occasions while commanding evil spirits to exit people.
The former Assemblies of God missionary considers it an appropriate
method for healing people, noting the Bible contains numerous cases where Jesus
dealt with demon possession.
But Attorney General Jay Nixon’s office, in an administrative
hearing beginning Monday, contends DeVol’s demon discussions run contrary to
current scientific and professional standards. If a hearing judge finds it
a violation, the State Committee of Psychologists could revoke DeVol’s license
or impose any of several lesser penalties.
I wonder if on his bill he itemizes per demon.
- First demon $50.00
- Each additional
- Special group rate for a legion $500.00