30 Jun 2017
Tribunal reprimands psychologist, imposes conditions on registration for professional misconduct.
A tribunal has reprimanded a psychologist and placed conditions on his registration after he admitted to behaving in a way that constitutes professional misconduct in his management of professional boundaries with patients.
The Psychology Board of Australia (the Board) referred Mr Anatole John Hudson to the State Administrative Tribunal (the tribunal) in Western Australia on 7 October 2016 pursuant to section 193(1)(a)(i) of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law.
The Board subsequently alleged Mr Hudson had engaged in professional misconduct by failing to maintain professional boundaries in relation to three clients, contravening the Australian Psychology Society Code of Ethics (2007).
Mr Hudson admitted the allegations, acknowledging he had behaved in a way that constitutes professional misconduct in that he (among other things):
By way of mitigation, Mr Hudson submitted (among other things) his admission of the allegations and the insight he had since developed into the issues raised. He submitted he has reflected upon his manner of practice and sought guidance from two senior psychologists in relation to the maintenance of professional boundaries.
On 3 May 2017, the tribunal ordered that Mr Hudson:
The decision is published on the tribunal’s website.