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"Every Treatment Modality known to psychiatry, psychology, or social work begins with deficit assessment. You come in fatherless, abused; you're illiterate; and they say, 'We're going to help you. You're going to get literacy, and . . . counseling . . . . Meanwhile, we're not requiring anything of you. You have so many deficits . . . . "

"Put that alongside the spiritual approach. . . . It says to the kid, 'It may be true that you had nobody, but . . . God loved you, even when you didn't know. . . . And . . . I love you, and I'm there for you.

And I'm going to be there for you. . . .
"But they're also telling the kid, you gotta start going to school. . . ."

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