I have voiced my concerns about a group of Prairie Bible Institute alumni who call themselves The Healing Team. Past posts be read by clicking the Prairie Bible Institute tag at the end of the post or using the search engine on the right. Judging by comments under numerous posts and off-line emails, I’m not the only one who is concerned about the goals, entanglements and qualifications of this team. And now this. I believe members of this ‘team’ are well-meaning, and remain ill-equipped and ill-prepared to befriend, aid, assist or help anyone who is dealing with abuses experienced while at PBI over the years. What Janice Walker has to say and what she experienced heightens my disquiet.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Expressing concerns about The Healing Team did not get me labelled as a bully, but Janice Walker got slapped with that label. A bully is a menace, someone who does not aid, assist or help.
Bully is not a label which sticks to Janice Walker and shame on any alum or Healing Team member who assisted in alienating and playing the familiar PBI us/them game. Healing is not throwing one person under your bus to ‘help’ another. No one should ever be treated like a child, have their trust violated, or correspondence shared with ‘The Healing Team’ passed around the in group on a FB page. What did Janice do? She may have violated the happy clappy policy of this FB group. I’m not sure.
Dear God, I wish abuse survivors could have “positive” endings to their pain and “encouraging” outcomes, but I live in the real world. Shame on all of you.
Janice voiced her concerns to others in email about her experience with The Survivor Fund Project/Healing Team and Friends of PBI and was thinking about saying more.
Janice Walker got labelled, banned from Friends of PBI, and received a ‘cease and desist’ from one of the FB administrators when she asked what she had done wrong.
Janice Walker was a healthy, caring friend would not be manipulated, controlled or silenced.
Many PBI survivors (and apparently concerned alum) have been blocked by team members and administrators of FB pages, this has been ongoing behavior since PBI President Mark Maxwell went public in November 2011, and is unlikely to stop. What is of deep concern is the possibility that ethical boundaries between the team and alumni on FB appear to have been violated, trust was certainly broken and disrespect is painfully evident. Janice Walker was not easily kowtowed and did what any healthy loving friend would do.
So I talked to (my friend’s)* husband as I was confused and he talked to (my friend) and I got an email from her saying she was taking direction from the healing team for her healing and that she wanted minimal contact with me.
I’d ask Janice more about her concerns, but I can’t. She died July 8th at her home in Calgary.
PBI Abuse Survivors and a close friend of Ms. Walker have gathered some of her correspondence about The PBI Healing Team, her estrangement from her friend, her hurt, and what she felt she might need to do.
This is a heart-tugging and sad read. I could say more, I’m not going to. It is Janice Walkers turn to speak.
Because the correspondence is ‘insider,’ a scorecard of those Janice mentions follows.
Doug: Doug Warkentin administrator of Friends of PBI – Facebook
Priscilla: Priscilla Verts Johnson - PBI Healing Team
Ruth Maxwell: sister of PBI President Mark Maxwell, administrator of Friends of PBI
my friend: Janice’s long time friend, a PBI abuse survivor who reached out to the PBI Healing Team.