Eileen Aveni-Sappington (née Aveni) is a practicing LCSW and LMSW with ACSW and BCD certification. Aveni-Sappington is currently licensed by the Virginia Department of Health Professions and the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Aveni-Sappington has served as a chairperson on the Ritual Abuse and Mind Control special interest group division of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) and is currently a board member of Survivorship and The Daniel Coalition.
In a bio provided for Aveni-Sappington’s ISSTD webinar on the Migration Model, she claims to have been working with victims of ritual abuse and mind control for 30 years and to have assisted in writing legislation for the state of Michigan. Aveni-Sappington also spent time in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia, where she claimed many of the sex trafficking survivors she worked with showed “significant dissociative symptoms.”
Aveni-Sappington has been invited to speak at numerous conferences, most recently at the Survivorship Ritual Abuse and Mind Control 2019 Conference on the topic of “The Complexities of Identifying Ritual Abuse and Mind Control in Your Client.”
She also spoke at a 2018 Conference at Rachel’s Vineyard, a retreat for “healing after abortions.” During the conference she had two presentations, one titled “What is Ritual Abuse? Why Do We Need to Know About It? Overview of a Structured Personality” and the other, listed as a special interest topic titled, “Ritual Abuse History and How It Was Integrated into the Church.”
Elieen Aveni-Sappington believes ritual abuse perpetrators create DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) as result of mind control programming in order to keep the victim silent. According to Aveni-Sappington, ritual abuse perpetrators include: “monarch programming, generational satanism, witchcraft groups, and others.” Aveni-Sappington claims to use the "migration model" to deprogram mind control in her clients. This model is described by Alison Miller as migrating personalities from the “dark side” to the “light side” on which, she claims, God exists.
In a February 2018 complaint filed against Eileen Aveni-Sappington, a medical professional requested an investigation following the emergency room admission of one of Aveni-Sappington’s clients. The complainant requested the investigation on the grounds that Aveni-Sappington was continuing to remotely treat a client with an expired license and with concern that she was “feeding into” the client’s schizophrenic delusions.
Aveni-Sappington claimed that the client was not schizophrenic but rather was suffering from DID due to being trafficked as a child by her parents and was frequently under attack by her "handlers" with “electromagnetic energy weapons.” Aveni-Sappington also treated this client’s roommate, who provided a letter of support and Aveni-Sappington’s CV. Though the Bureau of Professional Licensing is unable to give any further information regarding this investigation, Aveni-Sappington is listed as having an open formal complaint on Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs website.
From a Christian themed presentation in 2014, a slide in reference to schizophrenia reads: “There are claims that ‘schizophrenia always begins with rejection’ and that ‘double-mindedness’ wears the person out and frustrates and confuses him, thus allowing demons to enter in and take hold.” This slide is simply named, “Demons”. Aveni goes on to claim that prayer is an acceptable treatment for schizophrenia, as God will provide the cure for the disease. In a slide titled “My View,” Aveni says she believes that schizophrenia is the result of “generations and generations of sin.”
On the subject of demons, Aveni writes:
“I believe that there are times when sin can open the door to mental illness, especially in those who already have some susceptibility.”
“Sometimes our behavior opens up the door to demon oppression while, at other times, demons have used some other event in the sufferer’s life to gain a foothold.”
“Schizophrenia is entirely manageable and sometimes curable” - [Note: According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Schizophrenia is still not curable, only treatable.]
“God may choose to heal them [patients with mental illness] miraculously, or he may provide a cure.”
“Jesus sometimes casts out demons to heal the diseases, but sometimes he heals the diseases themselves.”
“Mental illness, like schizophrenia, or another medical problem is the result of sin. Generational sin or our sin.”
“Demons can be at fault. Sometimes, our behavior opens up the door to demonic oppression and other times demons have used other events in the sufferer’s life to gain a foothold. But no Christian can be fully possessed by a demon because we are possessed by God.”
“On how to determine if someone is affected by demons- “When people have had a lot of trauma in their lives, usually through no fault of their own, what tends to happen is the body and spirit of the person is weakened. “
“The demonic are like rats. Because we have unresolved pain, it’s like smelling garbage. And rats are attracted to smelling garbage. And they can attach and kind of route us into certain types of behavior.”