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I just spent a disturbing and engaging half hour reviewing the latest edition of The Therapist, the publication of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (www.camft.org). They devote an entire section to detailed descriptions of the ways that California MFTs got themselves into hot water last month. Two fellows, for example, thought it would be a good idea to tell their female clients that they had starring roles in their masturbation fantasies. One therapist stole a car while under the influence of pharmaceuticals, another got drunk and attacked her neighbor.

Sexual misconduct is the number one reason for loss of license. It’s usually perpetrated by male therapists on female clients who are signficantly younger than themselves. We know that if a therapist gets consultation when the urge strikes, it greatly improves his chances of getting through it without acting out.

Consultation. Therapy of my own. I wouldn’t want to do this job without both.

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