Carpenter received a Bachelors
of Arts degree in Psychology from DePauw University,
and a Masters degree in Social Work from Washington University,
St. Louis, Missouri,
as well as Advanced Training in Clinical Hypnosis in order
to practice his profession as a psychiatric therapist
and hypnotherapist in Branson,
was trained in Clinical Hypnosis
at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas in 1980. In
1983, he joined the Academy
of Certified Social Workers. He has been
a member of the American
Group Psychotherapy Association and the
Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
For the last 33 years, he has provided individual therapy,
group therapy, marriage counseling, and family therapy
for a wide variety of hospitalized psychiatric patients
in the Springfield, Missouri region.
to his professional growth is his long-standing interest
in UFOs - ever since he could first read as a little boy.
He became the State Section Director in the Mutual
UFO Network for counties in southwest Missouri
in 1988 and began receiving referrals for investigative
research and hypnotherapy with alleged abductees from
other researchers such as Budd
Howe, and Ted
Phillips. He was involved in the professional
conferences - TREAT 1 in 1989,
and 1991's National Conference
on Anomalous Experiences in Philadelphia. He
has been a speaker for the 1989
Close Encounters Forum in Aspen, Colorado,
the 1990 SHOW-ME Conference
in Missouri, the 1991 Ozark UFO
Conference in Eureka Springs, and the 1991
International MUFON Symposium in Chicago.
life-long curiosity in UFOs led to his volunteering his
services to over 120 cases of possible UFO abduction.
He has presented his research findings on such programs
as Sightings, Encounters,
Montel Williams, Strange
Universe, as well as being interviewed by OMNI
World and many others.
presented six professional papers at the
prestigious M.I.T. conference in 1991. He served
Director of Abduction Research from 1991 to 2000. He has
produced eight research DVDs loaded with data and interesting
and several of his cases were featured in Linda
Howe's 1990 documentary sequel to her Emmy
Award-winning A STRANGE HARVEST.
More recently, John has received international recognition
for his investigative hypnosis with Gerald
Anderson [whose testimony was later discounted],
a new saucer crash witness from 1947, referred by Stanton
Friedman. His research into the abduction
mystery has taken him to work with people from many states.
MUFON 1991 International UFO Symposium