Notification of Disciplinary Action
On December 11, 2011, the NASP Ethical and Professional Practices Committee unanimously voted to place Dr. Carlos Dejud on probationary membership status and supervise his professional conduct for a period of three years. While employed as a faculty member in a school psychology graduate education program, Dr. Dejud was found to have engaged in conduct—with graduate students—which violated the following standards of the NASP Principles for Professional Ethics (2010):
I.2.1 School psychologists respect the right of persons to self- determine whether to disclose private information.
II.1.3 School psychologists refrain from any activity in which their personal problems may interfere with professional effectiveness. They seek assistance when personal problems threaten to compromise their professional effectiveness (also see III.4.2).
III.4.3 School psychologists do not exploit clients, supervisees, or graduate students through professional relationships or condone these actions by their colleagues. They do not participate in or condone sexual harassment of children, parents, other clients, colleagues, employees, trainees, supervisees, or research participants. School psychologists do not engage in sexual relationships with individuals over whom they have evaluation authority, including college students in their classes or program, or any other trainees, or supervisees. School psychologists do not engage in sexual relationships with their current or former pupil-clients; the parents, siblings, or other close family members of current pupil-clients; or current consultees.
Upon the unanimous recommendation of the Ethical and Professional Practices Committee, the Executive Council of the National Association of School Psychologists voted on June 10, 2011 to revoke the student membership of Stacy Bernesser of Ogden, UT. While employed as a school counselor and enrolled in a school psychology doctoral program, Ms. Bernesser was alleged to have engaged in deceptive practices relating to her practica and internship. She did not dispute the allegations. Her behavior apparently constituted a violation of the following Ethical Principles (NASP Professional Conduct Manual, 2000):
III.A.3. School psychologists in all settings maintain professional relationships with children, parents, and the school community.
III.D.5. School psychologists adhere to federal, state, and local laws and ordinances governing their practice and advocacy efforts.
III.E.1. To best meet the needs of children and other clients, school psychologists cooperate with other professional disciplines in relationships based on mutual respect.
Upon the unanimous recommendation of the Ethical and Professional Practices Committee, the Executive Council of the National Association of School Psychologists voted on July 14, 2006 to revoke the membership of Scott F. Orme. This action was taken in accordance with the Show Cause provision of the Ethics and Professional Practices Committee Procedures, on the basis of Dr. Orme’s having admitted in legal proceedings to behavior constituting a violation of the following Ethical Principles (NASP Professional Conduct Manual, 2000):
II. Professional Competency (seek assistance for personal problems interfering with professional effectiveness.)
III. Professional Relationships (Maintain professional relationships with children, parents, and school community; do not exploit clients through professional relationships; do not engage in sexual relationships with clients; avoid dual relationships; engage only in practices that maintain dignity and integrity of children; encourage and promote parental participation; adhere to federal, state, and local laws; use responsible, research-based counseling and therapy procedures.)