Happy Holidays to Federal Investigators and Investigative Journalists!
December 24, 2010
Dear federal investigators and investigative reporters,
Our holiday gift to you is an infomercial for last year’s Parental Alienation Syndrome conference in Toronto, Canada promoting the “parental alienation syndrome” scam in the United States and Canada.
The flashy videos, dramatic music and prepared script are evidence of the intent to encourage family court professionals to generate profit from high-conflict child custody cases. One participant actually says:
“Coming to this conference enables me to get listed in an online referral service for new clients and that’s important to me. This symposium is also focused on high conflict cases that generate big revenue streams to my practice. The little money that I’ll be spending to go to this conference will be the best investment I’ll make in my practice all year long.”
Here is information about J. Michael Bone, one of the participants in the “conference”:
(PCP: Zachary, Shyers, Adejokun-Ojo / Lobnitz, Sherrard, Roberts) Mr. Bone was not present and was not represented by counsel. A four-count administrative complaint filed May 11, 2006 alleged violations of s. 491.009(1)(w), F.S., by violating Rule 64B4-7.006(2)(a), F.A.C., by providing an evaluation of a minor when respondent had a prior relationship with one of the parties; Rule 64B4-7.006(2)(b), F.A.C., by failing to interview minor’s treating mental health professions, family physician, immediate relatives, teachers, and school counselor; Rule 64B4-7.006(2)(b), F.A.C., by failing to use testing methods in data gathering; s. 456.072(1)(j), F.S., by aiding, assisting, or procuring a person not licensed to practice psychology or psychotherapy, to practice psychology or psychotherapy.
A two-count administrative complaint filed on October 2, 2006 alleged violations of s. 491.009(1)(t), F.S., by violating Rule 64B4-7.006(2)(b), F.A.C., of failing to use multiple avenues of data gathering including testing and interviewing all persons central to evaluation of a minor; and s. 491.009(1)(h), F.S.,by failing to perform a legal obligation of including psychological evaluations and substance abuse evaluations of the parties as part of evaluation by order of the Circuit Court.
A voluntary relinquishment of license was submitted to the department in lieu of further administrative/disciplinary action, in which respondent agrees to never reapply for licensure under Chapter 491, Florida Statutes.
Following discussion, the board took the following action:
Motion: by Ms. White to accept the voluntary relinquishment of license. Second: by Dr. Otis. Vote: Unanimous.
Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling February 8-9, 2007.
All the best in the New Year!
Family Court in America