Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Terms of Enforcement by Steven S. Richmond
Terms of Enforcement: Making Men Pay for What They've Done, Steven S. Richmond. [self-published] Victoria BC: Trafford Publishing, 2002. e-book, 174 pps.
Steven Richmond has written a book the likes of which I have never read before. According to Terms of Enforcement, his second book, he went through a strenuous divorce from a vindictive woman who falsely accused him of being a perpetrator of domestic violence. Although I cannot vouch for his M.S.W. or his qualifications as a psychotherapist [the web revealed a paltry singular interview with him], some of his message impressed me and some did not. That he would wind up in a State Mental Facility left me to wonder exactly how that could have occurred. That he was taken off of a psych drug suddenly had no explanation offered other than the sort "Doc was a big meanie poo-poo head." Why he may have needed said psych drug in the first place is not told in this book.
What is told is how vindictive his now ex-wife was/is, how he unfortunately put his grown daughter in the middle of his marital woes, and how badly the system fails at protecting men who are the abused rather than the abusers. And there is a psychotherapist who figures prominently in the pages of Terms of Enforcement-- a Doctor Morgan-- who practices some special kind of psychobabble that I've never heard of. The way that the author describes paradoxical therapy is quite different from the few professional papers I could locate on it.
sapphoq reviews says: Having not seen the police reports or court transcripts, I cannot comment on the truthfulness of the author. That the author maintains almost zero presence on the web is also disconcerting. Terms of Enforcement is itself a paradox: On one hand the book argues quite strenuously that the legal system [as well as police departments] has and continues to fail men who have been falsely accused of abuse and on the other there is little evidence presented other than anecdotal or hearsay to support his thesis. Terms of Enforcement is a book with a specific agenda. As such, the reader must tread carefully. I would have wished for a book with [links to] court documents and other official papers verifying the author's experiences and alleged area of expertise.
The last page of Terms of Enforcement lists an address in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire licenses look-up website yields only one license for an individual named Steven S. Richmond--
https://nhlicenses.nh.gov/ -- a lapsed license for a real estate salesman. The Nanziba site-- http://126.96.36.199 -- yields no person named Steven S. Richmond who practices "bioenergetics" which is an unproven "energy work" sort of thing: http://nanziba.com/whatisbioenerget.pdf
While it is possible that Steven S. Richmond, author of Terms of Enforcement is an M.S.W. who has also taken a four weekend course in order to practice bioenergetics, I did not find enough evidence to verify this claim to my satisfaction.
Steven S. Richmond is welcome to contact me via the comments and provide a link to his M.S.W. licensure and current practice as a psychotherapist if any.
I am sympathetic to people-- men, women, and children-- who have been abused by the current System, falsely accused of things they haven't done, and/or wound up in the clutches of an abusive mental health "treatment" modality. Terms of Enforcement reads like a book with a personal vendetta. As such, I say, skip it.
sapphoq reviews books and more