Psychologist guilty of misconduct

MARTY SHARPE
Last updated 14:00 29/01/2013

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A psychologist who compared Child, Youth and Family workers with child abusers, scoffed at claims made by the mother of a sexual assault victim and quoted lines from the movie Team America to a client has been found guilty of professional misconduct.

Hawke's Bay District Health Board psychologist Nicholas Drury told an 18-year old mental health client that: ''People fit into three categories; p....s who screw everyone, p.....s who get screwed by everyone and arseholes who get screwed by some people and then s... on them''.

Mr Drury, 63, had been a psychologist for 32 years and worked for the health board from 2002 until late last year. He resigned shortly before a Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal hearing in November.

Before the hearing went ahead Mr Drury entered a guilty plea to a series of breaches made in a professional setting during a two-and-a-half-year period.

These included a meeting at the health board in June 2011 with an adolescent client and the adolescent's mother, in which Mr Drury laughed at a statement made by the mother and later told her ''some insecure men are very attached to their penises''.

On another occasion in 2010 the parents of one of Mr Drury's clients said they were worried their 17-year-old son, who was threatening to hurt himself. After they arranged to bring him in to see Mr Drury, he left the office and passed the client's file on to a nurse who had no familiarity with the client or the file.

The tribunal found a raft of allegations proved and said a charge of professional misconduct was established.

If Mr Drury practises again he will need to have supervision for a period of 18 months.

He was ordered to pay $10,000 in costs and disbursements.

Contact Marty Sharpe
Hawke's Bay reporter
Email: marty.sharpe@dompost.co.nz

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