Posts Tagged ‘duty to report’

An Open Address to ADOC Staff

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

While you have been visiting my site frequently I want you to know I do not track my visitors.  Should you wish to comment, please feel free to do so.  However, it may be preferable to use a “screen name” and not leave too much data.  This may make it difficult for me to query you regarding your post but it protects you.  I will allow you to post freely and I will refrain from editing your comments.

Thank you for your ongoing support.  My prayers are with you.  No one knows the hell hole in which you are working like you.  And few know your sacrifices.

We really owe it to you to improve your working conditions.  Truly the inmates have more rights and are treated better than we who work and who have worked for ADOC.  That’s got to change.

Stay tuned.

And listen to my show the day after tomorrow.

Coming Show Saturday February 21

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Having been notified by email that our new Governor can not or will not meet with me, I called NW in the Governor’s office.  We are at an impasse after it was suggested I meet with the new Director of ADOC.  Therefore,

BE ADVISED DURING THIS NEXT SHOW I WILL NAME NAMES AND DISCUSS OPENLY THE CRIMES THAT WERE COMMITTED INSIDE ADOC BY ADOC PERSONNEL!

Tune in.

Frankly, I think our new Governor is in over her head.  While I had hoped to be restored and employed correcting the messes within ADOC, the revelations during this next show are likely to result in major financial losses for the State of Arizona at a time when it can ill afford it.  Nevertheless, these people (ADOC and the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners) have damaged me and done their best to destroy me.

Be advised:

We are talking about several frauds & malfeasance, sexual battery, rape of a patient and MURDER.

Many will come forward, rightfully so, seeking justice from an unjust system.  Expect the State of Arizona to pay Big Bucks in damages and costly fighting in the United States Supreme Court.  Why?  Because there is no Sex Offender Treatment Program in ADOC, especially since ADOC and the private prison fired Dr. Susanne Arnold!

Then there are those who were brutally murdered!

By ADOC guards.

By Medical Health Services.

By medically induced leukemia because of the ignorance & negligence of contract psychiatry AND the supervising psychologists (Arnold & McCauley & company) who covered it up, literally burying the evidence, and allowing the culprit to continue practising for more than another year during which he killed more inmate patients.

They weren’t sentenced to DEATH!

They weren’t given sentences of EXECUTION!

Nonetheless, they died.  Some horribly, miserably.

Let the State of Arizona pay the price.  I am tired of being the brunt of their terror.

Folks, this is “bureaucratic tyranny.”

We have become a communist country.

Wake up!

Wake up!  America.

Before it’s too late!

“America, America, where are you now?

Don’t you care about your sons and daughters?”

Monster~Steppenwolf

Tales from the Crypt

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

More stories from the bowels of the beast to come.

Including the Arizona Department of “Corruption” (ADOC).

The Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners, and

The New World Order.

Welcome to My Blog & Thank You’s ~ Public Acknowledgement of the Help of Others

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

 

The nice thing about a blog is that I can correct my typing & spelling errors, edit and <delete> whatever I want, whenever I want. 

However, it takes some staying on top of it and a lot of time in order to reach the level of recognition Dr. Kent’s Blog has achieved in such short order.  For instance, while I was informed at the end of November that it would take at least six (6) months before my blog would be picked up by the search engines, two weeks ago not only was my blog picked up but Google picked up my Website!

After only two (2) months, you found the topics of Dr. Kent’s Blog and my show, The Dr. Kent Show Giving Psychology Away so hot and interesting that you assured my early success! 

Well, sex, murder and mayhem tend to draw our attention.  While corruption of elected public officials & their appointees and corruption of our public insitutions (particularly law enforcement) and the “perversion” of justice never cease to garner attention.

Thank you for reading.  That has made all the difference. 

Also, I need to credit my web designer SAM and her advice.  A lot of folks at the radio station, KFNX, have given me some great advice and I thank Robert Baumbach & Michael O’Connor for their never ending helping.  Well . . . Robert was beginning to get a little impatient with me for leaning on him so much but I eagerly followed  all of his advice.  This success would not have been possible without Robert.

Now, if I could only get a time slot that wouldn’t be prone to being preempted!  A lot of you, my audience, have complained about missing my show and I apologize to you, but it has been beyond my control.  But stay tuned, particularly to my blog because I will make it all up to you, especially those from ADOC–on staff and held in the system.  And those wanting to know what goes on “back stage” in the profession of “psychology” are really going to get an eyeful!  A sore eye for the profession and the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners.  Things are going to get real hot from here, and the size of Dr. Kent’s Blog is going to mushroom.

Already there have been so many hits and so much bandwidth as folks discover that they can readily download accurate .pdf documents, scanned .tiff files, and edited commercial free shows in MP3 form that can be played readily on almost anything, I may soon have to upgrade my server services.  Aw shucks!  😉  If it didn’t cost me so much, I’d argue against the success of The Dr. Kent Show Giving Psychology Away and Dr. Kent’s Blog.

Stay tuned.  It’ll only get hotter and heavier from here.

I speak the truth.  While the truth shall set you (me) free, others will not be able to stand the heat.  I did not ask for this position but I am stuck here. 

So, might as well make the most of it. 

Right?

RFI No. 05-04 MIDDAUGH

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

Why does the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners post some of its punishment and abuses on the open Internet for all to see on their Past Board Actions WebPages but failed to post the discipline given Psychologist Anne Middaugh?

Is this disparate treatment based upon gender?

Was this done to “protect” the State and the Arizona Department of Corrections?

Why was it not listed?

Why were neither of Psychologist II Anne Middaugh’s superiors consequated for their violation of the Rules & Regulations that require them to report such violations?

Why were neither Psychologist Susanne Arnold nor Psychologist Pamela C. McCauley consequated for their failure to report?  For dereliction of duty?

ADOC Internal Affairs Investigation #2004-1446 Part III (The Really JUICY STUFF!)

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

 

ADOC Internal Affairs Investigation #2004-1446

 

 

Another interesting aspect is that Lt. Lisa Johnson’s participation in this matter becomes problematic, not for me but for Lieutenant Johnson and the entire administration of ADOC! You see, Lieut. Lisa Johnson has been utilized, most definitely over utilized in the past to set up officers whom ADOC administrative staff deemed “undesirable” and the administration has used the “services” of Lisa Johnson to set them up and entrap them in false allegations of sexual harassment.

 

In this manner ADOC is able to effectively (yet wrongfully) terminate undesirable employees.  For the most part ADOC targets employees who will not knuckle under and play their games replete with generating false allegations against other employees and inmates as well.

 

I first met Lisa Johnson in 2001 when I was working on North Unit at ASPC-F. At the time Ms. Johnson was a sergeant and I was impressed by her. What I found attractive in her was what I thought might have been her character. Let me tell you a story.

 

I arrived at work that morning to face a new nursing supervisor who was adamant I needed to see a particular inmate & back her up and her claim the inmate was “Malingering.” But in fact what was happening was the inmate was dangerously delirious.  Upon conferring on an emergency basis with the head physician, Dr. Osteen, my suspicions were confirmed: the inmate was suffering from acute liver failure due to lack of treatment for hepatitis C. The ammonia circulating in his bloodstream was overcoming him and he was at risk of dying. That particular inmate had been scheduled to be transferred inside “The Walls” to Medical to receive critically needed treatment approximately 3 hours earlier!

 

What drew me to Lisa Johnson was the fact that she did what was right and I mistakenly thought she might have been a woman of character and I was interested in getting to know her. Sure, I found her attractive but I am very cautious. I invited her to lunch just like I did the Warden and left it at that.

 

Apparently the new nursing supervisor for North Unit was trying to establish her dominance in order to impress her subordinate nurses and as a result misjudged and the inmate later died. Interestingly, I ran into that particular nurse in Wal-Mart after she had been discharged. Without revealing her name, I can tell you that she was very distraught and she explained to me how ADOC had targeted her and her family—wrongly—unfairly!

 

Not only had they terminated her from employment at ADOC but somehow this nurse’s 19-year-old daughter had been charged with a “sex crime” because when her daughter was under age (a minor under 18) she had engaged in sex with her boyfriend who was of the same approximate age as her. According to this nurse somehow ADOC became involved in this matter in order to retaliate against her.

 

But to get back to my story, I had been warned by another female corrections officer that the former sergeant and now lieutenant at South Unit was used by ADOC administration to harass fine upstanding corrections officers and run them off! But, I forgot about the warning yet according to my usual standards I heeded professional boundaries and thus Lieut. Lisa Johnson was unable to entrap me as she had so many others before me.

 

Perhaps more interestingly, another corrections officer on the yard at South Unit informed me that Lieut. Lisa Johnson was engaged in an unprofessional sexual affair with Warden Kleck! Johnson was the Warden’s girlfriend.

 

As I left on October 12, 2004 for an interview with Investigator Phillip Schonig the Padre, that is, the minister in the office next to mine joked and asked: “It wouldn’t have anything to do with Lieutenant Lisa Johnson, would it? The lieutenant has a very nice body.  The problem is more than 95% of the time she is using it to advance herself (within the ranks of ADOC).”

ADOC Internal Affairs Investigation #2004-1446 Part II

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

 

ADOC Internal Affairs Investigation #2004-1446

 

For the most part the charges were “established” in e-mail exchanges between my superior Supervising Psychologist III Suzanne Arnold, Ph.D. and her superior Pamela C. McCauley, Ph.D.  Thus, while some may claim I could have appealed through my chain of command that was impossible.  There was no opportunity to seek relief as all in my chain of command right up to Steven Ickes and Dora Schriro were working together.

 

The Dr. Kent Show ~ January 31, 2009 — The Sermon

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

 20090131.mp3

 

 

We celebrate this day as ADOC Director Dora Schriro’s last day on the job.  Now, Schriro gets to grow & talk to her plants in Washington, DC!

 

It will take years to correct the damage “the Dynamic Duo” [Schriro & Napolitano] have inflicted upon ADOC and The State of Arizona.  But, YOU voted for her!

 

I call this show “The Sermon” because in one segment I read most of chapter 11 of Zechariah.  Certainly, your comments & feedback on this show and any of my shows is appreciated.

 

Thank you!

The Dr. Kent Show January 24, 2009 with Guest Mark Starr, MD

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

20090124.mp3

“The Thought Police” RFI number 08-21 Daniel Christiano, Ph.D.

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

 

Sometime a while back clients were assured almost complete confidentiality; however, over the course of time laws were enacted requiring psychologists to report upon their clients. This, of course, destroyed the relationship between a psychologist and the client, but that didn’t matter. All that mattered is that “feel good” legislation was passed and that it felt as though the government was “taking control.”

 

While this has proven to be beneficial in certain cases, but in many cases it has been a disaster. For one, there is no longer “a safe place.” There is no more confidentiality, anywhere. Records are subject to subpoena and psychologists are subject to being forced to testify against the best interests of their clients. We have become “The Thought Police.”

 

My last supervising psychologist during my 4 1/2 years of postdoc internship & residency, Louis Masur, III, Ph.D., Clinical Director lamented that he lost 19% of his business because of this change in statutes. Once mandated reporting became the law, it was no longer necessary for psychologists to weigh the costs & benefits of notifying authorities about possible child abuse, exploitation or neglect. They needn’t think about the possibility of destroying a fragile relationship. Nor did they need to think about the benefits achieved and the current status of the child even when the child was completely safe under the current circumstances of treatment. All that mattered was one was required to report upon threat of being charged with a felony for failure to report as mandated by law.

 

So, while mandated reporting as required by legislated mandate made it a “no-brainer” and removed any stress from the psychologist regarding whether or not to report, mandated reporting destroyed many therapeutic and beneficial relationships. Dr. Louis Masur lamented that he lost 19% of his practice due to this. Those were parents who appeared in his office because they feared that they might be possibly harming their child because of the discipline they were administering

 

Generally, it was a mildly “neurotic” concern because the parents were not harming their child but it was so difficult for them to administer appropriate discipline including corporal punishment. It was neurotic meaning it was an unfounded fear, but at least at that time prior to the change in statutes they could go in confidence and seek the opinion of the professional and be assured that they were not harming her child without fear of being it turned into law enforcement and/or the power of the state. They would seek and receive the sense of support they needed in rearing their children properly. For the vast majority it was really merely a confirmation that they were doing what was right.

 

For a few parents they were trying to work through their leftover issues from their own childhood including discipline. This is not an uncommon experience. Often as we progress along the trail rearing children we are reminded of our past and we get to relive our own childhoods to a certain extent. And work through them again and resolve them, hopefully successfully, as we rear our home children. This is why the lyrics “as the child is the father of the parent” make so much sense.

 

Nonetheless, the fact is that in many ways state legislatures have attempted to turn psychologists into “The Thought Police.” During my training I learned one critical aspect: that is there is no relief in the statute from the requirement to report. Even should the matter have already been reported or even if it’s actually been adjudicated, psychologists are always required to report reasonable suspicion of child abuse, child exploitation, or child neglect. All it takes is a simple phone call and a corresponding entry in the client’s files.

 

It is the psychologist’s prerogative but the psychologist’s duty. It is not the psychologist’s choice but the psychologist’s imperative—regardless of what he or she thinks. We are not allowed to consider our own value judgment. At times we are forced to ignore our clinical judgement and even our gut feelings.  If there is any reasonable suspicion, we are forced to report to authorities.

 

In a certain sense this makes it easier for psychologists. Why? Because we don’t have to think about it; we merely have to do it. We have to perform the behaviors required by law. Most statutes provide for protection for psychologists who filed a report in good faith.

 

But it would be better if we were not required to report. For one, in those many instances that we know the child is safe and we can conduct therapy confidently knowing that the child is safe, we must risk losing the therapeutic relationship with the parents or parents because of obligations and our duty to report. For another, multiple reports may have already been filed and the authorities often vocalize their frustration over receiving another report about the same matter they have for over and over.

 

Also, when it involves a crime, it is not our duty to collect evidence nor is it our duty to prosecute; nonetheless, police and other authorities often try to impose unreasonable duties upon us. These include collection of evidence, possibly revealing diagnoses, treatment methods and prognosis when such confidential matters have nothing to do with the possible child abuse by the interrogators merely seek power is beyond what they actually need and/or are entitled to.

 

In many ways it would be better to create “safe places” by removing such mandated reporting especially redundant mandated reporting. Nonetheless, we as a society have seen fit to make it a felony to fail to file a report. When we come upon a case in which a psychologist has failed to file an obvious we mandated report, we sometimes try to “accommodate” and “excuse” that psychologist’s failure in order to avoid such serious criminal prosecution.

 

As in all such matters today things all too often and so quickly take out a political overtone. For instance should the psychologist who fail to make the report be a conservative or a registered Republican, then we hold their feet to the fire and we burn them. On the other hand should the psychologist who failed to file the report be a liberal or a registered Democrat, then we bend over backwards to make excuses for them and avoid having to enforce the “feel good laws” with all of their terrible penalties that we once thought were so wonderful we eagerly engaged in creating them making it a life changing event when a professional might be prosecuted for dereliction of duty, failure to report.

 

Such is the case in RFI Number 08-21 Daniel Christiano, Ph.D. When I heard the case presented and defended before the State of Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners Complaint Screening Committee on Wednesday, December 17, 2008, my immediate reaction was to acknowledge that the psychologist had failed in his mandated duties to file a proper report and that a “letter of concern” should be entered into his file and no more action be taken.

 

However, then I thought I heard significant confusion over “who is the client.”  Then again I thought I heard that Dr. Christiano was assigned a duty by the court to protect the child.  It appeared Dr. Christiano may have never met the child and that the report was filed against him as part of a child custody strategy or in retaliation.  Whatever it is doesn’t matter.  It was stupid to fail to file a report, especially considering it appears it was a court ordered matter subject to even more litigation.

 

But does Christiano deserve prosecution of a felony?  Strictly speaking, it appears the law has been broken and it requires enforcement.  The punishment is a felony conviction.  But is that justice?  No, there is no provision for “mercy” or relief in the Arizona Revised Statures.  Nonetheless, a couple of CSC members bent over backwards trying to accommodate logically why this psychologist failed to make his report.  There is no justice in laws that are not enforced and there certainly is no justice when laws and their consequences are so tightly (rigidly and nonfunctionally) written so that a judge is denied the option to show mercy.

 

In this case, a letter of concern placed in Dr. Christiano’s file is the least action the Board may take.  However, they are certain to consider “dismissal” in order to remove the possibility of felony prosecution. 

 

We need more “flexible” laws that are more functional and enforceable.  The motivation of the complainant is also highly questionable.  This is further evidence for the need to change complaints before the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners from “fully privileged” to “partially privileged.”