I have experienced the same as what was reported on January 18, 2010 report. The Arizona Board at that time was not interested in the truth or protecting clients. They were interested in and did ruin my career based on false allegations.
As described by a member of the APA ethics committee, attorneys general threaten loss of license unless a professional submits to signing a consent agreement which has no basis in fact. This is happening across the country. It needs to stop today. Coersion is something a police officer cannot do, and yet this same theme happens over and over to mental health professionals and no one is doing anything about it.
These boards either need to be disbanded for their abuse of authority or replaced and reworked so that groupthink and Milgram studies/Philip Zimbardo's studies do not apply to our very profession!
No one in authority seems to have any ability to make a difference with this board. The flurry of attorneys around this board is nothing but a feeding frenzy. These attorneys do nothing but fold to the board and charge exorbitant amounts of money.
No appeal against this board has ever worked. Why is that, Arizona?
I am not surprised to hear of what is reported of Debra Rinaudo. She and Patricia Reynolds ignored and hid the truth many times in my case. These are destructive people. How can people like this be trusted with any type of power or authority?! How can anyone with this dishonesty keep their job and represent a state entity? This is inexcusable.
This board covered up, ignored the truth on so many levels. This is nothing less than corruption. First amendment rights say that a person has a right to pursue a profession of their choice and that if anyone is to come against their profession of choice, that the person has a right to be heard by a 'fair tribunal'. This board had no relationship to fairness, only to the descriptors which have been assigned for many years - 'witch hunt', 'firing squad', etc.
I am glad someone else is speaking out. The helping profession should not continue to fear assisting clients in their private practice. The attorneys who participate in this mauling of good professionals need to develop a conscience and find an honest way to make a living (one can hope). Anyone who cannot use their authority in a good way should not be allowed the opportunity to have it.
Restitution would say that these people should have to make amends for all the losses they have created with so many over so much time. The law protects them from any action. This is wrong and needs to be changed.
Their is a time and a place where we will all answer for our actions and deeds. As I understand it, 'tis better to make those corrections before that time. I wish for their sakes that they choose this path, but I'm not holding my breath.
What goes around comes around. This group given a title and a responsibility could not have failed more miserably than they have. There is nothing close to justice when it comes to this board and these people who have been named. I hope they are stripped of any right to have any say over anyone else's life. This.....would be justice.