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Clarke Lecture to Discuss Living With Multiple Personality Disorder

posted on February 7, 2007

The Clarke College Biology Club will host its annual Danielle Pierce Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. in Jansen Music Hall on the Clarke campus. This year’s lecture, entitled “Living With Multiple Personality Disorder,” will be presented by Crystal-Mylove F. Dunton. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Dunton has lived many years with multiple personality disorder and she is now successfully self-integrated. Over the past 18 years, she has developed “Inside-Out Art Therapy,” a creative personal journey for body, mind and spirit. In the process, creative abilities are used in a safe, healing environment to empower and establish wellness. The objective of this approach is to integrate the memories and experiences of yesterday into one’s life today, allowing them to become fully present in the moment. 

Dunton holds a bachelor of science degree in human services and religious education from Nazareth College. She serves on the Board of Directors for Dubuque’s Mental Health America and Dubuque’s National Alliance on Mental Illness.  She has presented several talks and workshops at area Colleges and agencies about mental illness, various types of abuse, and recovery from mental illness through “Inside-Out Art Therapy” workshops.

Dunton is also co-authoring a book with her husband, Larry, entitled “F.A.S.I.T. -   ‘Family Centered Approach of Self-Integration Techniques.’”  This book is written for those diagnosed with multiple personality disorder/dissociative identity disorder who want to become self-integrated. The book teaches others about the self-integration methods she and Larry used.

The Danielle Pierce Memorial Lecture was established in memory of Clarke biology major Danielle Pierce, who suffered from manic depression.  Each year the lecture, which deals with the subject of depression or related topic, is funded by an allocation from the Clarke Student Association.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Public Relations Office at (563)588-6318.

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