Psych Crime Reporter

November 24, 2010

Negligent custody evaluation costs mental health counselor her license

Filed under: Divorce and custody,health care licensing board discipline — Psych Crime Reporter @ 9:50 pm

On May 7, 2010, the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners revoked the license of professional counselor Linda Bennardo for the following reasons, as found in the Board’s report:

  • Bennardo treated a mother and her daughters for six months in 2008 and saw the mother’s son twice during that time.  She recommended limiting the father’s access to the son based solely on information provided by the mother and daughters.
  • In another case, Bennardo concluded that a three-year girl was highly traumatized by her visitation with her father—without having gathered any information on the matter from the father, parenting coordinator, best interest attorney or other entities.

The Board’s report also states that Bennardo failed to obtain informed consent for the aforementioned son and that informed consent for the aforementioned mother and daughters was incomplete, among other things.

Source: Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners Adverse Action Tracking Form 2010, dated 21 September 2010.


  1. If you think that it is safe to go to a ER if you feel like hurting yourself think twice. If you live in New Mexico and do this you will be put in JAIL. I have a story that tells of getting put into jail. I just needed to get some help or talk to someone.

    The hospital will call the social worker and that is their quick fix. A person can sit there for some time. The social worker comes in, talks (does not to an assessment) and then releases the person. No resources or help.

    This has happened more than one time. JAIL! For a person. No assessment by a doctor. Released even if that person has actively hurt themselves.

    This social worker is taking peoples rights away!!

    Most hospitals will transport to another facility, this one just puts people in jail. I can not stress this enough. Please help.

    Please I have been paralyzed by this, I have a family member that has been through this with me. My medical doc does the best he can, but is limited.

    This social worker has been sued for not paying a school loan. I am questioning her degree. This social worker has been recently sued by an employee for breach of employment contract.

    I know I have rights. But this has got to stop. This is not right.

    Comment by Tina — January 27, 2011 @ 9:35 pm | Reply

    • Dear Tina,

      It seems like if one feels like harming themselves, the only solution is to figure out what is causing this sort of psychosis and address that. Based on a lot of things I’ve read, “mental illness” is often nothing more than a manifestation of a physical illness which is not being properly treated. When was the last time you went to a regular medical doctor to have a plain old medical physical check-up? Sometimes they uncover conditions in the body that, when addressed, make you feel better, make the destructive or depressed feelings go away.

      Psych Crime Reporter

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — January 28, 2011 @ 4:53 am | Reply

  2. I am diabetic. I am being treated for that. I appreciate your comment. I still think it is wrong to put a person in jail under those circumstances. Would we put a man that was having a heart attack in jail?

    Comment by Tina — January 28, 2011 @ 5:46 am | Reply

    • You’re very welcome. I agree that it is wrong to put a person in jail for that but I would probably not choose to have them placed on a 72-hour hold or further involuntary commitment either, as often the “treatment” given there can end up causing more or worse problems than one had to begin with. So, the solution is just to get oneself into a position, health-wise, where they never need to go to the ER because of possible self-harm. I wish you the best.

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — January 28, 2011 @ 5:53 am | Reply

  3. I agree the “treatment” from an ER is usually a quick solution. However, as a person I have rights too. I can’t just turn a blind eye to this sort of thing. I am trying to get better, and never needing to go to the ER is like never wanting it to rain. Does that name sense?

    Comment by Tina — January 28, 2011 @ 6:01 am | Reply

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