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McCollum v. Maine Bd. of Counseling Professional Licensure, CUMap-09-31 (Cumberland Super. Ct., 2009)

McCollum v. Maine Bd. of Counseling Professional Licensure, CUMap-09-31 (Cumberland Super. Ct., 2009)

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P e titio n e rJ i l lM c C o llu m
a p p e a lsa d e c is io n o f th eM a in e B o a rdo f
C o u n s e lin g ProfessionalL ic e n s u r e (h e re in a fte r th e "B oard")p u r s u a n t to M .R.
C iv . P . S O C
B A C K G R O U N D
Jill M c C o llu m , P h . D ., L .C P .C , is s e lf-e m p lo y e da n d m a in ta in sh e r o ffic e
i n S o u thP o rtla n d , w heresh e p ro v id e s th e ra p yfo rh e r c lie n ts .
M c C o llu m
e a r n e d
a P h . D . w ith am a jo r in c lin ic a lp s y c h o lo g yi n 1 9 9 2a n d w as lic e n s e di n S o u th
C a ro lin aa s a Licensed Professional C o u n s e lo ri n 1992.
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M c C o llu m
m ovedt o
M a in ei n 1999 w here sh ebecam e aL ic e n s e d C linical Professional C o u n s e lo ro n
S e p te m b e r 24, 2001.
M c C o llu m
is a ls o a lic e n s e dd ru ga n d a lc o h o lc o u n s e l o r .
M c C o llu m
h a sn e v e rb e e n lic e n s e d a s ap s y c h o lo g is ti nth e S ta te o f M a in e .
O nN ovem ber1 ,2 0 0 6 ,M .e.becam eo n eo fM c C o llu m 's c l i e n t s .
M .G . is
fe m a le ,a n d isi nh e r late sixties.
M .e.s o u g h tth e ra p yfo rd e p r e s s i o na n d a n x ie ty
a n d w asrecom m endedt oM c C o llu m
b y a friend.
M .e.h a d s u ic id a l th o u g h tsi n
th er e c e n tp a s t.
S h e re c e iv e dtre a tm e n tb ya t le a s t te nd iffe re n t c lin ic ia n s fo r
W hile
1 9 9 2 is th ed a te p ro v id e d
in th ere c o rda n d in th e B o a r d " sF in d in g so f F a c ts ,
a c c o rd in g toM c C o llu m ' s8 0 C
A p p e a l, shee a r n e dh e r Ph. D .a n d w aslic e n s e d
inS o u th
C a ro lin aa saL i c e n s e d P r o f e s s i o n a l C o u n s e lo r in
1 9 8 7 .
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P o st-T ra U l1 la tic S tre s s D isorder (P T S D )a n d D is s o c ia tiv eId e n tity D isorder (D ID ),
a ls oknow na s M u ltip leP e rs o n a lity D iso rd er.
D ID is ad i s o r d e r d e fin e da s
e x is tin g w hen a nin d iv id u a lh a s tw oo rm ore d is tin c t p e rs o n a litie s .
I t is difficult
t op ro v id ec o u n s e lin g for D ID
b e c a u s e th ea lte rn a tep e rs o n a litie s m ay com ea n d
g oo r fra g m e n t a c c o rd in gto th e s itu a tio n . P rio r to M .G .,M c C o llu m
h a d
c o u n s e le do n e o th e r D ID
clienta n d a tte n d e d D ID
tra in in gs e s s i o n s .
M c C o llu m
e s tim a te dth a tM .e.h a da tle a s t te na lte rn a te p e rs o n a litie s .
M .e.in fo rm ed
M c C o llu m
th a tsheh a db e e na b u s e d sincea b o u tth ea g e of three,a n dh e rv a rio u s
p e rs o n a litie ss p iln n e dfro m
a g eth re e toa g e s ix te e n .
M .G . w as b e in gtre a te db y a
p s y c h ia tris tc o n c u r r e n tw ithh e rc o u n s e lin g w ithM c C o llu m .
B y m id -M ay 2007,
M c C o llu m
h a d c o n d u c te d m ore th a n 48 singleo rd o u b lec o u n s e lin g sessions
w ith M .G .
D u rin gth ec o u r s e o f tre a tm e n t, M c C o llu m
n e v e rs o u g h tp e e r
s u p e r v is io n toh e lph e rw ith M .G .'s case, w h ic hM c C o llu 1 1 1r e c o g n i z e d as a
c o m p le xa n d difficult case.
T he B O ilfd 'sd is c ip lin a ry a c tio n sa g a i n s t M c C o llu m
a r is eo u t o f tw o
e v e n ts .
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m isrepresentedh e r c re d e n tia lso nab u s in e s sc a r dsh e
g a v e to M .G .
A c c o rd in gto M .e., M c C o llu m 's o ffic ed o o rh a d as ig nd e s ig n a tin g
h e ras a "L icensed C linical Professional C o u n s e lo r."
Inth ec o u r s e o f c o u n s e lin g ,
M c C o llu m
g a v eM .G . ab u s in e s sc a r du p o n w h ic hsh e id e n tifie dh e r s e l f as a
" C lin ic a l P s y c h o lo g is t."A lth o u g hM c C o llu m
isn o t alic e n s e dp s y c h o lo g is ti n
M a in e ,sh e te s tifie dth a tsh e lik e s toth in k o fh e r s e lf a s ap s y c h o lo g is t s in c esh e
e a r n e dh e rd o c to ra tei np s y c h o l o g y .
T h ec a r d a ls ob e a r s th ea b b re v ia tio n
" L .P .c ." ,th ea b b re v ia tio n inM a in e fo r alic e n s e dp r o f e s s i o n a l c o u n s e lo r.
T he
b u s in e s sc a r dd o e sn o tid e n tifyM c C o llu m
a s a" lic e n s e d c lin ic a lp r o f e s s i o n a l
c o u n s e lo r,"th e lic e n s eM c C o llu m
h o ld s ,w h ic h isc o n s i d e r e d tob e ah ig h e r le v e l
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oflic e n s u reth a n a " L .P .c ."
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g a v e M .e. th eb u s i n e s sc a r d sh e
a d d e dh e rhom ea n d cellp h o n e n u m b e rs to it,b u td idn o tm akea n yc h a n g e s to
th elic e n s u re in fo rm a tio n .
M c C o llu m
c la im sth a t th ec a r d sw ere a g ift fro m
h e r
so na fte r sh e o b ta in e dh e rP h .D .
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c a r d s ,a n d d idn o tin te n dtob e d e c e itfu lo rfra u d u le n tw hen sh eg a v e
M .e. th e
c a r d .
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i nth ew a itin g
ro o m .
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lo s etru sti nM c C o llu m .
T he B o a r d 'ss e c o n dd is c ip lin a rya c tio n stem s fro m
a serieso f acts.
M .e.
h a d w arned
M c C o llu m
th a tsh e s tro n g lyo p p o s e d ro le -p la y in gth e ra p y
te c h n iq u e sd u e to ap rio ru n p le a s a n te x p e r ie n c e w itha n o th e rth e ra p is t.
N evertheless, ono ra b o u tM ay 18, 2007, M c C o llu m
in itia te da n g e rw o rk w ith
to w e lth e ra p y , w h ic h c o n s is ts o f M .e . p u lJ in ga n d
tw istin ga n dg iv in gw o rd st o
th ea n g e r w h ileM c C o llu m
g a v er e s is ta n c ea n d encouragem ent.
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to w e lth e ra p y , M c C o llu m
c la im s sh eh e a r d M .e .s a y ," J o h n n y ,y o u s a i di tw as
o k a y(tod o th e s e x u a l a c t)."
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c la im s sh es a i d ," I t ' s
o k a y ."
M .G .,o ra n a lte rn a tiv ep e rs o n a lity , a p p a re n tlyth o u g h t M c C o llu m
s a id ,
" J u s ts l i pi t in ."
M c C o llu m
s a y s th a tsh es ta te dth a t" Ia m
n o ty o u rb ro th e r"a n d
th ea c tiv itya b ru p tlys to p p e d .
T h is in c id e n t c o n trib u te d to M .G .'sg ro w in g
d istru sto f M c C o llu m
a n d p ro m p te d som e s u ic id a lth o u g h ts .
I na n effo rt to re-estab lish trust, M c C o llu m
offered to call M .G .e v e r yd a y
fo rfo u r c o n s e c u tiv ed a y s .
T heB o a rdfo u n dth a t M c C o llu m
o n lya tte m p te dt o
c a llo n the firstd a y .
M c C o llu m
s a y ssh e fo llo w e d
th ro u g ho n the first tw od a y s .
M c C o llu m
s a y s th a t o n th e n ig h t b e fo re th eth ird call,
h '\T O
o fh e rp e tc a ts w ent
m issingf o r th re e d a y s ,a n d w ere la te r fo u n ds e v e r e l y harm edb y a p ro b a b le
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