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BOPC : disciplinematters

Board of Professional Counselors

4201 Patterson Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21215

410-764-4732 - Main Number

410-358-1610 - FAX

www.dhmh.state.md.us/bopc/  

 

Disciplinary Matters 


1.

Donald Duane Flemmer, LCPC, Renewal/Reinstatement (8/17/2012).

Mr. Flemmer's application for reinstatement of his license as an LCPC was denied for lack of good moral character and violation of the Professional Counselors and Therapists Practice Act. Mr. Flemmer misrepresented his experience, education, credentials and licensure to the general public, employers, and prospective employers.He created a fraudulent psychology license utilizing an expired LCPC license number and practice professional counseling as an unlicensed LCPC.

 

2.

Richard Edwards, CAC-AD Applicant, Denied, Date of Order (8/10/2012).

Mr.Edwards application to become a certified associate counselor-alcohol and drug (CAC-AD) was denied for failure to disclose all known criminal acts to which he pleaded guilty, nolo contendere or was convicted, and for two incidents of behavior in which he threatened to beat a patient and harassed a patient.

3.

Kathleen Lattea, LCPC, Date of Order (8/10/2012).

Ms. Lattea was charged with violating the Maryland Professional Counselors and Therapists Act, for conduct violating the code of ethics adopted by the Board, in violation of H.O. Section 17-509 (8); committing an act of immoral or unprofessional conduct in the practice of clinical or nonclinical counseling or therapy, in violation of section 17-509 (16) and entering into relationships that could compromise a counselor's objectivity or create a conflict of interest, in violation of COMAR 10.58.03.04B (3).

4.

Richard O'Meara, LCPC, CAC-AD, Voluntary Letter of Surrender, Date of Order (7/6/2012).

Licensee and certificate holder voluntarily surrendered his license and certificate permanently to avoid prosecution for violating the Professional Counselors and Therapists Act and the Code of Ethics under the Code of Maryland Regulations. The Board's investigation concluded that Mr. O'Meara engaged in a prohibited sexual and dual relationship with a female client during the course of an established client-counselor relationship, fostered a mutual dependency between client and counselor, and exploited the professional relationship for personal advantage. The Board's investigation further concluded that Mr. O'Meara failed to disclose a felony conviction for aggravated assault on his application for certification and licensure.

5.

Jennifer M. Jenkins, CSC-AD, Denial of Application For Renewal/Reinstatement, Date of Order 7/10/2012

Ms. Jenkins application for reinstatement of her certification was denied for failure to renew her certification and practicing alcohol and drug counseling without certification and appropriate supervision. The Board concluded as a matter of law that the applicant engaged in prohibited acts, having knowingly violated any provision of the Practice Act, in violation of H.O. Section 17-509 (9) and having committed an act of immoral or unprofessional conduct in the practice of counseling in violation of H.O. Section 17-509 (16).

6.

Nancy A. Shipley, CAC-AD, Denied, Date of Order 3/6/2012

The Board found that Ms. Shipley aided and abetted unauthorized individuals in practicing clinical or nonclinical alcohol and drug counseling, in violation of H.O. § 17-509(4); willfully made or filed false reports in the practice of alcohol and drug counseling, in violation of H.O. § 17-509 (6); violated the code of ethics adopted by the Board, specifically COMAR 10.58.03.07, by using false, misleading, deceptive, or fraudulent credentials (“CPC-AD” and “CCS”), in violation of H.O. § 17-509(8); knowingly violated (i) H.O. § 17-401(b)(1) and (2) by using the initials “CPC-AD”; and (ii) H.O. § 17-404(a)(4) and 17-406(a) and(b) by supervising individuals without being approved as a supervisor, in violation of H.O. § 17-509(9); committed acts of unprofessional conduct in the practice of alcohol and drug counseling, in violation of H.O. § 17-509(16); and failed to cooperate with a lawful Board investigation, in violation of H.O. § 17-509(18).

7.

Chrisrallin Twiline-Tabb, Applicant LCPC, Denied Date of Order (3/6/2012)

Ms. Twine-Tabb’s application to become a licensed Clinical Professional Counselors (LCPC) was denied based on the applicant’s overall conduct, including her conviction for retail fraud, suspension of her limited counseling license by the Michigan Board of Counseling and her engagement in a sexual relationship with a patient.

8. Renault Watkins, SC01291Date of Order (9/23/2011) 

Certificate holder’s certification as a certified supervised counselor- alcohol and drug (CSC-AD) was permanently revoked for violation of the Professional Counselors and Therapists Practice Act and the Code of Ethics under the Code of Maryland Regulations. It was found that Mr. Watkins engaged in a sexual and dual relationship with a female client during the course of an established client–counselor relationship and exploited the professional relationship for personal advantage.  

9. Stephen Sayre, LC2335 Date of Order (6/27/2011) 

Licensee voluntarily surrendered license to avoid prosecution for violating the Professional Counselors and Therapists Act and the Code of Ethics under the Code of Maryland of Regulations.The Board’s investigation concluded that Mr. Sayre engaged in a sexual and dual relationship with a female client during the course of an established client-counselor relationship and exploited the professional relationship for personal advantage.

 

10.

 

 

Kerry L Morrison, LCPC – Date of Order 02/04/2011

Licensee was charged with violating the Maryland Professional Counselors and Therapists Act, Health Occupations Article, § 17-509 (10). License was suspended for twelve (12) months with all but thirty (30) days of the suspension stayed. On completion of the thirty (30) day suspension, the licensee will be placed on probation for minimum period of two (2) years subject to certain terms and conditions. 

Update: Suspension terminated and probation continued without conditions until April, 2013

11.

 

 

Damon L Baker, CSC-AD – Date of Order 10/16/2009

Alcohol and drug certificate suspended for three (3) months with the suspension immediately stayed, and placed on probation for two (2) years.  Mr. Baker admitted he listed fraudulent continuing education hours in his 2007 Renewal Application. Mr. Baker violated COMAR 10.58.03.04B(2); COMAR 10.58.03.03A(3) and H.O.§§ 17-313(1), (4) and (9). 

Update: Probation completed on Februrary 1, 2012. 

 

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Francisco X. Cummings – Date of Order 5/15/2009

Surrendered alcohol and drug counselor license to avoid prosecution of violating Board’s Code of Ethics, Code Md. Regs. (COMAR) 10.58.03.03; 10.58.03.04; 10.58.03.05 and 10.58.03.09.  The Board’s investigation concluded that Mr. Cummings engaged in a sexual and dual relationship with a female client during the course of an established client-counselor relationship and exploited the professional relationship for personal advantage.

13.

 

 

Stanley J. Benn - Date of Order  12/23/08

Professional Counselor licensed was revoked for five (5) years.  At a hearing before the Board on December 19, 2008, Mr. Benn admitted to the Board that he (1) failed to comply with the requirements set forth in the Board’s October 20, 2006 Final Decision and Order and (2) that he had misrepresented his licensure status on employment application documents after the Board’s suspension of his LCPC license in 2006.

14.

James Nicholas Deutsch – Date of Order 12/19/08  

Alcohol and Drug Certificate suspended for one year.  Mr. Deutsch acknowledged under oath that he altered the expiration date on his certificate and practiced alcohol and drug counseling for three years without a valid certificate.  Mr. Deutsch violated §17-313(4), (5) & (12) and §17-401 (1), (2) and (3) and COMAR 10.58.03.03.

15. 

 

 

Thomas Shipley- Date of Order – October 17, 2008

Mr. Shipley’s Petition for Reinstatement of former license number LC0541 was denied, and the Board will not accept any further applications for reinstatement from Mr. Shipley

16.

James A. Dennis, Sr. – Date of Order - October 17, 2008 

Alcohol and Drug certificate was revoked for two (2) years because counselor entered in a sexual and dual relationship with a patient.  The Board determined he violated H.O. § 17-313(4), (7) and (9) and COMAR 10.58.03.04 A, B (3): 10.58.03.05A (2), B and 10.58.03.09A (2) (4), B(1), F(2)(a).

17.

Gabriel W. Adelanwa, LCPC – Date of Order - June 20, 2008 

License was revoked based on violating Md.Health Occ. Code Ann §17-313(6). Licensee pled guilty in the Circuit Court for Prince Georges County, Maryland, to one count of felony Medicaid fraud, in violation of Md. Crim. L §8-509.  Licensee was sentenced to five (5) years imprisonment and ordered to serve a probationary period of five (5) years and to pay court costs.

18.

Reginald Webb – Date of Order - September 21, 2007 

Alcohol and Drug Counselor surrendered his certification to avoid charges by the Board for acts committed in violation of MD Code Health Occ. §17-313 (4), (5) and (9) and COMAR 10.58.03.09A(4) and B(1), and 10.58.03B, 10.58.03.04B(3). 

19. Gary L. Weinberg, Ph.D., LC1132 - Date of Order - April 20, 2007 

 Professional Counselor License revoked because counselor entered into a dual relationship with a client; compromised the counseling relationship; subjected client to psychological trauma; damaged client’s interests and welfare; fostered dependency; introduced inappropriate sexual content into the counseling relationship by engaging in inappropriate sexual language, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, sexual behavior and therapeutic deception.

The Board concluded that the counselor violated Md. Health Occ. Code Ann. Section 17-313(4), (7), and (9) and COMAR 10.58.03.02A(5)(1989); COMAR 10.58.03.03.A, B(1),E (1), (2), F (2000); and COMAR 10.58.03.04A(14), B(3), 05(A)(2)(a),(d), B(1)(a), 09A,B(1), E, F(2001)

 

20.

Amy D. Fintrilis  - Date of Order  - 6/23/2006  

Application for alcohol and drug counselor certification denied based on failure to meet “Good Moral Character” as provided under Md. Health Occ. Code Ann Section 17-302 (a) and (b).  The Applicant was charged by the West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners with violating its rules and regulations and suspended the license for 3 years.  

The Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists concluded that the applicant’s conduct is in a violation of COMAR 10.58.03.04(B ((2); 10.58.03.05(B)(1)(a) and COMAR 10.58.03.09A and B. 

21. Stanley J. Benn, LCPC - Date of Order 10/20/2006

 

Professional Counselor Licensed suspended for three (3) years.  On March 7, 2005, Mr. Benn tendered an Alford plea to and was convicted of the first count of Medicaid fraud in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County.  Mr. Benn was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $249, 406 to the Medicaid program. 

22.

Edwin Fuller – Date of Order – January 9, 2006

 Alcohol and Drug Certification was revoked based on the following:  Mr. fuller attempted dual relationships with clients, and engaged in sexual harassment of and sexual misconduct with clients, in violation of Md. Health Occ. Code Ann., Section 17-313(4) and (9), and COMAR 10.58.03.05A(2) and B (1), and COMAR 10.58.03.09A and E.

 

23.

Lawrance Lee Thomas – Date of Order November 15, 2005

Denial of alcohol and drug counselor licensure based on the following (1) pled guilty to and was convicted of a crime of moral turpitude, in violation of Md. Health Occ. Code Ann. §17-313(6); (2) failed to cooperate with a lawful Board investigation, in violation of Md. Health Occ. Code Ann. §17-313(4) and (13) and COMAR 10.58.03.04A (13); (3) fails to meet the good moral character requirements for licensure as an alcohol and drug counselor as required by §§ 170302(b), 17-302.3(b) 

24. Dana B. Couch-Davis, Ph.D., LCO 542 Date of Order (5/20/05) 

 

Counselor’s license was suspended in the District of Columbia after he voluntarily surrendered his license.  Counselor was disciplined by the District of Columbia for acts that would be grounds for disciplinary action under HO§ 17-313 (4) (10) and (12) and 10.58.03.03A(1); 10.58.03.04A(3); 10.58.03.05A(2)(a) and 10.58.03.08A(1) and (2).  Licensed Revoked by Board. 

25. Joseph Strovel, AC0709 Date Consent Order  (11/21/03) 

 Counselor was charged with submitting deceptive documentation to obtain alcohol and drug license.  Downgraded to lower level certification. Placed on probation for 18 months subject to certain terms and conditions. 

Update:  Probation completed on June 17, 2005.  Mr. Strovel’s certification is in good standing.

 

26. Cassie Mitchell, SCO285 Date of Order 5/20/05  

Counselor charged with having a relationship with former client.  Violated COMAR 10.58.03.09.  Certification Revoked after counselor failed to respond to Board hearing. 

27. Stacey Chiveral, SC0674 Date of Consent Order (4/15/05)

Counselor violated Code of Ethics COMAR 10.58.03.04; 10.58.03.05 and 10.58.03.09 (1) failed to cooperate with investigative proceedings (2) Dual Relationship with former client and (3) Sexual Behavior with former client. Placed on Probation for one year subject to certain terms and conditions.

  Update:  Probation completed on September 21, 2007.  Ms. Chiveral’s certification is in good standing.

 

28. Ronald Stanley, AC0345 Date of Order (4/1/05)

 Certification revoked based on violating H.O. 17-313 (1) (4) (6) (12) and COMAR 10.58.03.09 A (1) (2) (3) (4) and (5); B (1); E (1) (a) and F (1) (2) (3) (a) (b) (c) (d).   Sexual Misconduct; Pled guilty in Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County to one count of assault; sentenced to 4 years incarceration with all but six months suspended; failed to provide truthful and correct answers to questions on renewal application. 

29. Hugh A. Roberts, SC0974 Date of Order (2/25/05) 

 License revoked based on violating Md Health Occ. Code Ann. 17-313 (4), (5) and (9) and COMAR 10.58.03.09 A (3) and B (1) by engaging in a consensual sexual relationship with patient.  Also, fraudulently obtained a renewal of certification, falsely answered questions on renewal form and practiced counseling without certificate. 

30. Frederick Bruner, Ph.D., LCM011 Date of Order (12/17/04)

 Licensee surrendered license to avoid charges under HO §17-313(4) (7) and (9) and COMAR 10.58.03.03 and COMAR 10.58.03.05.  (Dual Relationship and Professional Competence. 

31. Pamela Dukes, SC1341 Date of Order (10/8/04) 

 Alcohol and drug counselor did not submit accurate supporting documentation of meeting the qualification under (HO§ 17-306(c) (2) and COMAR 10.58.01.11) Placed on probation for eighteen (18) months subject to certain terms and conditions.  

Update:  Probation completed May 19, 2006.  Ms. Dukes’ certification is in good standing. 

32. Clifford Dunning, LC0443 and LCM091  Date of Order (1/15/04) 

 Licensee violated HO §17-313 (4) and (9) and COMAR 10.58.03.05A(2 (a) and (d) and COMAR 10.58.03.08A(1). Licensee failed to meet substantially the standards of practice adopted by the Board: (1) by engaging in unconventional physical contact with patient and jeopardizing patient’s mental heath interest and welfare and (2) by breaching counselor-patient confidentiality.  Ordered licensee placed on probation for one (1) year subject to certain terms and conditions.

  Update:  Probation completed February 18, 2005.  Dr. Dunning’s  license is in good standing. 

33. Debra Levinson, LCO0049 Date of Order (2/21/03) 

 Licensee violated H.O.§17-313 (4) and (8)  and COMAR 10.58.03.02A (submitted false statement to collect a fee and misrepresented professional qualifications- licensee suspended for six (6) months and suspension immediately stayed and placed on probation for a period of one (1) year subject to certain conditions. 

  Update:  Probation completed April 23, 2004.  Ms. Levinson ‘s license is in good standing. 

34. Kevin Barwick, LC0255 Date of Order (6/13/02) 

 Licensee was charged with violating HO § 17-313 (4) and (9) and COMAR 10.58.03.03.B (1) and 10.58.03.06A(5) by engaging in nonconsensual sexual behavior with patient and exploiting professional relationship with patient for personal advantage. Board Order:  Suspended for eighteen 18) month. Suspension may be stayed after twelve 12 months after satisfying certain terms and conditions.    Upon completion of all conditions, licensee placed on probation for a period of two (2) years subject to certain conditions. 

Update:  Probation completed April 21, 2006.  Mr. Barwick’s license is in good standing.

35.

Richard Deptula, LCA257  Date of Order (2/21/2003) 

 Licensee surrendered his license to avoid charges by the Board for engaging in improper sexual behavior with a client, which is a violation of the Maryland Professional Counselors and Therapists Act, Md Health Occ. Code Ann. §17-313(4), (5), and (9) and COMAR 10.58.03.09A

36.

Charles J. Malinowski, AC0454 Date of Order (10/4/2002)  

 Counselor was charged with violating HO § 17-313(4), (5) and (9) and COMAR 10.58.03.09C – Sexual Misconduct with a former client.  Counselor’s certification was suspended for a period of two (2) years, and immediately stayed. Placed on probation for (3) years subject to certain terms and conditions. 

Update:  Probation completed on October 26, 2006.  Mr. Malinowski’s certification is in good standing.  

37.

Thomas R. Shipley, LC0541 Date of Order (1/25/2001)  

Licensee surrendered his license to avoid charges by the Board for acts committed in violation of MD Code Health Occ. §17-313(6) (Is conviction of or pleads guilty or nolo contendere to a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude)

38. Jerry E. Hargrove, LC0783 Date of Order (7/20/2001) 

 Licensee surrendered his license to practice clinical professional counseling to avoid prosecution of violating Md. Code Ann., Health Occ. §17-3A-13(4)(5) and (9). (Confidentiality and boundary violations)