Category Archives: Social Work Ethics

AA – How it Works

“One poor chap committed suicide in my home. He could not, or would not, see our way of life.” – Bill Wilson, Chapter One of the Big Book of AA

“Jennifer from Saint Peters Addiction Recovery Center [12-step rehab] called to say that she had had a ‘frustrating session’ with client and requested a consultation with me. I returned call and left message” – Oona Edmands, Samaritan Counseling LCSW 2/7/14

“Client called and left message stating that he wished I would not recommend AA (as I had in my letter) as he felt it deeply contributed to his confusion. Message was cut off after two minutes. Did not return call” – Oona Edmands, Samaritan Counseling LCSW 3/20/14

“Therapists have the right to their preferred mode of treatment” – David Olsen, Executive Director of Samaritan Counseling Center of the Capital Region May 2014

Notice how she mentions that this is under David Olsen’s direction, because she knew that she needed to cover her ass because this is criminal, though her job was at stake over it. This is emotional blackmail. This letter was sent to me a day after I left a message telling my therapist that I liked talking to her because she had at one time allowed me to question AA. The counselor at SPARC, the rehab I was referred to, told me it would not be therapeutic to discuss my issues with the Step One worksheet I was given at SPARC.
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Breakdown: Sex, Suicide and the Harvard Psychiatrist

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This book Breakdown describes the case of psychotherapist and American Society of Addiction Medicine former president Margaret Bean-Bayog, whose ‘treatment’ led to the suicide of her patient.

The author of this book was mentioned in the movie Spotlight. The Catholic Church spent up to $50 million dollars (as of 2002) on 12-step rehabs for pedophile priests.

When Helping Starts to Hurt

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“Members of Alcoholics Anonymous cannot and will not permit themselves to forget their brokenness and vulnerability. Their wounds are acknowledged, accepted, and kept visible. The capacity of one alcoholic to empathize with another is still a recognized as “building a transmission line to him”. The apparent (or presumable) effectiveness of AA’s members in the care and treatment of their fellow alcoholics is one of the great success stories of our time, and graphically illustrates
the power of wounds, when used creatively, to lighten the burden of pain and suffering. AA offers lifelong emotional support to those who explicity acknowledge their problem and admit their helplessness to face life’s stresses and temptations to regression alone.” – David Olsen, Executive Director of Samaritan Counseling Center

Reasons reported by Yelp for Removing Reviews of Samaritan Counseling Center

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Hurts every time that Samaritan Counseling won’t let me talk. It’s cruel and unethical to avoid an important discussion. David Olsen trains therapists of Samaritan Institute and Jenness Clairmont is on the NYS Office of Professions licensing board, and neither of them bothered to respond to my complaint in a reasonable manner.

Imagine if Samaritan Counseling has been handling feedback this way since 1985! Every single Samaritan Counseling Center seems to provide ‘addiction’ services, and that treatment is clearly 12-step ‘Facilitation’ (aka coercive indoctrination). That means in 2013, I had no way of knowing whether anybody had a similar bad experience there, because there are zero reviews to be found, even after 25+ years in business! I did find this one.

Hi Tom,

Your review was brought to our attention by the Yelp community, and we found that it fell outside our Content Guidelines because it did not provide enough detail about your customer experience.

Regards,
Hansel
Yelp Support
San Francisco, California

Hi Tom,

We wanted to let you know that we’ve removed your review and review update of Samaritan Counseling Center because of privacy concerns.

Please be aware that reposting content to this business listing may result in closure of your account, and that the content you post will be subject to removal without notification.

Regards,
Hansel
Yelp Support
San Francisco, California

Hi Tom,

We wanted to let you know that we’ve removed your review of Samaritan Counseling Center. Our Support team has determined that it falls outside our Content Guidelines (http://www.yelp.com/guidelines) because it lacks a substantive consumer experience. When reviewing, please describe your actual experience with a business.

We hope you will continue to participate on Yelp while keeping our Content Guidelines in mind.

Regards,
Josie
Yelp Support
San Francisco, California

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Hi Tom,

We’re writing to let you know that we’ve removed your reviews of Samaritan Counseling Center because the content falls outside our Content Guidelines (http://www.yelp.com/guidelines). When reviewing, you should review the location with which you had a firsthand experience, rather than posting the same experience across multiple listings. Thanks for understanding.

We hope you will continue to participate on Yelp while keeping our Content Guidelines in mind.

Regards,
Ferris
Yelp Support
San Francisco, California