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Message ID: 8164
Date: 2009-05-26

Author:Ana M. Sierra, Ph.D.

Subject:Re: Are Therapists Potentially Dangerous?

I think that what a therapist does not do needs to be considered as much as what a therapist does do. I have observed colleagues who are reluctant to delve into issues of either abuse or domestic violence. I don't know how you can address any issue effectively with a child or with the family without taking these concerns into consideration. Of course, I also know of adults who consulted psychiatrists or other MH provider who was ignorant or refused to explore these possibilities. An opportunity for healing and safeguarding a child's well being was missed with serious consequences for that person later in life. Ana Maria Sierra, Ph.D. "Our problems cannot be resolved in the same state of consciousness in which we are creating them." Albert Einstein, Physicist "Any society that has lost a positive image of its future will perish." Barbara Max Hubbard, Futurist ________________________________ From: "Faller, Kathleen" To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Sent: Saturday, May 23, 2009 7:56:22 PM Subject: RE: Are Therapists Potentially Dangerous? Toni, I echo Lisa's sentiments. I would add that there is still much to be learned about evidence-based treatment and case-management in child sexual abuse and children with sexual behavior problems (I am assuming you are addressing practice in your area of expertise). Many of our colleagues have to treat complex cases where there is no evidence to guide them, or the evidence only addresses a small part of the problems that need to be addressed. Kathleen Coulborn Faller, Ph.D., A.C.S.W., L.M.S.W. Marion Elizabeth Blue Professor of Children and Families Director of the Family Assessment Clinic School of Social Work The University of Michigan 1080 S. University Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106 734 998 9700 kcfaller@umich.edu The information contained in this message may be privileged and confidential and is intended only for the use of the named recipients. This communication is protected by federal law, both the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and 18 United States Code Section 2511. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this in error and that any review, dissemination, distribution, or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify me immediately by phone (collect, if long distance) and destroy the message as you would confidential information ________________________________________ From: bounce-3951502-6833631@list.cornell.edu [bounce-3951502-6833631@list.cornell.edu ] On Behalf Of lfontes@rcn.com [lfontes@rcn.com ] Sent: Saturday, May 23, 2009 8:16 AM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Subject: Re: Are Therapists Potentially Dangerous? This feels like a really delicate topic to me, and it would be CRUCIAL to distinguish between practices performed in the 80's and early 90's when we didn't really know what we were doing in therapies for abused children & adults, and what is being done now. I could see an appeal to sensationalize "bad therapy" based on practices which--one would hope--are no longer being used. TOni, I certainly hope you'll provide this context in terms of date & knowledge. I'm sure you will. Respectfully, Lisa Fontes, Ph.D. ---- Original message ---- >Date: Fri, 22 May 2009 13:44:20 +0100 >From: Peter Dale > >Subject: Re: Are Therapists Potentially Dangerous? >To: "Child Maltreatment Researchers" > > > Toni, > Your might like to dig out my 1999 book: Dale, P. > (1999) Adults Abused as Children. Experiences of > Counselling and Psychotherapy. London: Sage > publications > This reported my PhD research project in this area, > and includes some graphic examples of very damaging > 'therapeutic' practice with adults who were abused > as children. > Regards, > Peter > Dr Peter Dale & Associates Ltd > Independent social work, counselling, training, > research, expert witness services > Phone: (01424) 424504 > Mobile: 07903 523 877 > Email: info@peterdale.co.uk > Website: www.peterdale.co.uk > On 22 May 2009, at 01:47, Toni Cavanagh Johnson > wrote: > > I am preparing a talk and an article on > therapists. My thesis is: Are therapists > potentially > dangerous? > > I have examples from my own mistakes and those I > have seen with > others. Do any of you have concerns about the > efficacy of > therapists? Are you willing to share with me the > concerns? If I were > to use the example in a lecture or paper, it would > be anonymous. > > Toni > Toni Cavanagh Johnson, Ph.D. > 1101 Fremont Avenue, Suite 101 > South Pasadena, California 91030 > USA > Tel: 626-799-4522 > FAX: 818-790-0139 > toni@tcavjohn.com > www.tcavjohn.com

I think that what a therapist does not do needs to be considered as much as what a therapist does do. I have observed colleagues who are reluctant to delve into issues of either abuse or domestic violence. I don't know how you can address any issue effectively with a child or with the family without taking these concerns into consideration. Of course, I also know of adults who consulted psychiatrists or other MH provider who was ignorant or refused to explore these possibilities. An opportunity for healing and safeguarding a child's well being was missed with serious consequences for that person later in life. Ana Maria Sierra, Ph.D. "Our problems cannot be resolved in the same state of consciousness in which we are creating them." Albert Einstein, Physicist "Any society that has lost a positive image of its future will perish." Barbara Max Hubbard, Futurist ________________________________ From: "Faller, Kathleen" To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Sent: Saturday, May 23, 2009 7:56:22 PM Subject: RE: Are Therapists Potentially Dangerous? Toni, I echo Lisa's sentiments. I would add that there is still much to be learned about evidence-based treatment and case-management in child sexual abuse and children with sexual behavior problems (I am assuming you are addressing practice in your area of expertise). Many of our colleagues have to treat complex cases where there is no evidence to guide them, or the evidence only addresses a small part of the problems that need to be addressed. Kathleen Coulborn Faller, Ph.D., A.C.S.W., L.M.S.W. Marion Elizabeth Blue Professor of Children and Families Director of the Family Assessment Clinic School of Social Work The University of Michigan 1080 S. University Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106 734 998 9700 kcfallerumich.edu The information contained in this message may be privileged and confidential and is intended only for the use of the named recipients. This communication is protected by federal law, both the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and 18 United States Code Section 2511. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this in error and that any review, dissemination, distribution, or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify me immediately by phone (collect, if long distance) and destroy the message as you would confidential information ________________________________________ From: bounce-3951502-6833631list.cornell.edu [bounce-3951502-6833631list.cornell.edu ] On Behalf Of lfontesrcn.com [lfontesrcn.com ] Sent: Saturday, May 23, 2009 8:16 AM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Subject: Re: Are Therapists Potentially Dangerous? This feels like a really delicate topic to me, and it would be CRUCIAL to distinguish between practices performed in the 80's and early 90's when we didn't really know what we were doing in therapies for abused children & adults, and what is being done now. I could see an appeal to sensationalize "bad therapy" based on practices which--one would hope--are no longer being used. TOni, I certainly hope you'll provide this context in terms of date & knowledge. I'm sure you will. Respectfully, Lisa Fontes, Ph.D. ---- Original message ---- >Date: Fri, 22 May 2009 13:44:20 +0100 >From: Peter Dale > >Subject: Re: Are Therapists Potentially Dangerous? >To: "Child Maltreatment Researchers" > > > Toni, > Your might like to dig out my 1999 book: Dale, P. > (1999) Adults Abused as Children. Experiences of > Counselling and Psychotherapy. London: Sage > publications > This reported my PhD research project in this area, > and includes some graphic examples of very damaging > 'therapeutic' practice with adults who were abused > as children. > Regards, > Peter > Dr Peter Dale & Associates Ltd > Independent social work, counselling, training, > research, expert witness services > Phone: (01424) 424504 > Mobile: 07903 523 877 > Email: infopeterdale.co.uk > Website: www.peterdale.co.uk > On 22 May 2009, at 01:47, Toni Cavanagh Johnson > wrote: > > I am preparing a talk and an article on > therapists. My thesis is: Are therapists > potentially > dangerous? > > I have examples from my own mistakes and those I > have seen with > others. Do any of you have concerns about the > efficacy of > therapists? Are you willing to share with me the > concerns? If I were > to use the example in a lecture or paper, it would > be anonymous. > > Toni > Toni Cavanagh Johnson, Ph.D. > 1101 Fremont Avenue, Suite 101 > South Pasadena, California 91030 > USA > Tel: 626-799-4522 > FAX: 818-790-0139 > tonitcavjohn.com > www.tcavjohn.com