There are lots of impostors only to willing to pander to the feminist belief of victimization by the patriarchy for profit. This belief, of course, means men are too dangerous to have custody of children when in fact a child is safest when in a two parent biological family or with their biological father. Back tracing of this individual's involvement in Family Custody Cases in particular will be important.MJM
A Whitby man is facing a fraud rap after allegedly posing as a psychologist while testifying in child custody cases.
But according to the College of Psychologists the man accused of playing doctor — who’s a registered psychological associate — is already facing a professional misconduct complaint.
Durham Regional Police started investigating the man in November after receiving a complaint from one of the families in a Family Court case that involved his testimony.
Sgt. Nancy van Rooy said that so far investigators have determined three families were affected by the bogus shrink testifying in court and Tuesday appealed for any other victims to come forward.
“He was giving testimony as a doctor of psychology, or a psychologist,” van Rooy alleged. “He’s been practising as a doctor of psychology, which would then lead us to believe he has a doctorate in psychology. But he does not have that degree.”
Greg Carter, 63, of Whitby, is charged with three counts of fraud, two counts of obstructing justice and two counts of perjury. He was released with conditions and will be back in court in March.
According to the College of Psychologists, Carter has been registered since 2001 as a psychological associate, not a psychologist, and has a limited ability to practise in the areas of clinical psychology, counselling psychology and school psychology.
But as an associate, Carter can’t make an independent psychological diagnosis.
Carter didn’t respond to a knock on the door or calls to his Pringle Dr. home or at his Carter Psychology Services office on Dundas St. W. in Whitby.
A receptionist said he wasn’t in his fourth-floor office on Tuesday.
College registrar Catherine Yarrow explained that psychologists have a doctoral degree in psychology, whereas an associate can be authorized by the college to provide psychological services based on a master’s degree in psychology, plus some experience that meets the college’s criteria.
The college’s records state Carter’s master’s degree came from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in 1978.
He’s still facing a complaint of professional misconduct under the Psychology Act.
No date has been set for that complaint to go before the college’s disciplinary committee.
In the document posted on the college’s website, two individuals, including a doctor, alleged Carter failed to maintain the standards of professional conduct.
“This failure included making misrepresentations about his credentials, authoring a report based on inadequate information, authoring a report that fell below the standard of care of a reasonably prudent psychological associate, and/or contravening one or more of the standards of professional conduct,” according to the college’s records.
Andrea Maenza, of the Durham Children’s Aid Society, said Carter “is a psychologist in the community” who has been contracted by the society in the past for services like parental capacity assessments.
Maenza said the society was aware a complaint had been filed with the College of Psychologists.
“We’re kind of in a wait-and-see position,” she said, adding that once the complaint was dealt with, the society would “determine where to go from there.”
Maenza had no response when asked whether the society checks the credentials of the professionals it contracts.
Carter is also listed as a board member of Durham Mental Health Services.
“His involvement is limited to agency governance and strategic direction,” DMHS board president Bill Sims said in a statement. “He has no involvement in the agency’s day-to-day operations or client services and support.”
— With files from Chris Doucette