Psych Crime Reporter

May 17, 2012

Arizona mental health counselor David Orlowski surrenders license on charges related to custody matter

Filed under: Uncategorized — Psych Crime Reporter @ 1:57 pm

On April 2, 2012, the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners revoked the license of licensed professional counselor David W. Orlowski.

According to the Board’s report, Orlowski, in his capacity as a pastor, provided occasional pastoral counseling to a father and mother of a minor child between 1998 and 2002.

The father was convicted of a felony in 2000 or 2001and was placed on probation, which he later violated. In 2007, he pleaded guilty to forgery and credit card theft and was incarcerated for three years, during which he filed a petition to establish paternity, custody and visitation with the daughter. In 2009, he asked Orlowski to write a letter in support of his petition.

Orlowski included in the letter his “LPC” designation though he had not counseled either individual in his capacity as a licensed professional counselor but as a pastoral counselor.

In his letter he opined that the Father posed no risk to the Daughter despite the fact that the letter was based primarily on information about Mother and Daughter provide to him by Father. Orlowski had not seen nor spoken to Mother since 2002 and had never seen nor spoken with the Daughter nor had he gathered any collateral information about the daughter pertaining to her best interests.

Orlowski surrendered his license on the charges, which was deemed a revocation.

Source: Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Adverse Action Tracking Form, 2012.

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  1. Complaint#: 2010-0032 View Board Order
    In 1996, Licensee was a pastor at a church. In 2006, Licensee’s church became physically located at Licensee’s residence. In 1998, Licensee began providing occasional pastoral counseling to Father. In 1999, Licensee met once with Father and Mother in his pastoral capacity for the purpose of helping resolve their interpersonal conflicts. In 2000, Father was charged with a felony involving dangerous drugs and placed on probation in 2001. In 2002, Licensee held a second conflict resolution meeting with Father and Mother so that Father could establish reunification with Daughter. Mother then met with Licensee for pastoral counseling on one occasion. Licensee told Mother that he was a therapist. In 2003, Father violated his probation, which extended his probation. In 08/07, Father pled guilty to 3 counts of forgery and 1 count of credit card theft, which resulted in a 3-year sentence. While incarcerated in 2009, Father filed a petition to establish paternity, custody and visitation of Daughter. Father asked Licensee to write to the court in support of his petition. Licensee included in his letter his LPC credential and identified himself as a professional counselor, creating ambiguity regarding his relationship with Father, which was pastoral. Licensee stated in his letter that he believed that Father posed no risk to Daughter despite the fact that the letter was based primarily on information about Mother and Daughter provided to him by Father. Licensee had not seen or spoken to Mother since 2002 and had never seen or spoken with Daughter, nor had he gathered any collateral information about Daughter pertaining to her best interests. Despite his ongoing pastoral relationship with Father, Licensee became Father’s therapist in 09/09. In response to the complaint, Licensee submitted 2 progress notes that appeared different from the clinical records received by the Board. The informed consent for treatment failed to contain required elements. The treatment plan failed to specify any psychotherapy treatment goals or methods or the review date. Board Action 04/02/12 Consent Agreement and Order: Licensee’s license shall be surrendered. The surrender shall be considered a revocation of his license

    Comment by stillhere — May 30, 2012 @ 11:34 pm | Reply

  2. Corruption at its best and Az family court allowed it all to happen along with lame attorneys who never bothered to question this guy’s credibility. In the best interest of the child…..I think not!!!

    Comment by DLS — May 31, 2012 @ 8:44 am | Reply

    • The reality is the father filed multiple perjured affidavits to the courts from his prison cell. (isn’t perjury a crime?) A couple of easy ones are the “been sober since 1998 helping troubled teens at Banner Behavioral Health”. A simple google search shows his 2001 and 2003 drug charges. Another was regarding his 8 years as a professional firefighter????? Right. Irregardless the above “former” psychologist was the only witness for the father and he was shown by motion to the court prior to the prisoners release to be an “expert” willing to testify on behalf of the father as to his being of “no harm” to the child. The investigators at the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health really did their jobs. This man ran them down one rabbit hole after another. They stayed on it though which showed them what the mother was dealing with.
      Unfortunately by the time they had found Mr. Orlowski to be acting unprofessionally and really not knowing the fathers state of mind when the letter was written, the damage was done to the child. His “professional credentialled letter’ along with the many “character slams against a good mother” raising a child alone for over a decade with proof of this, became the main issue along with the “fathers DNA”. Not the childs best interest. The child has been abused by the family court system giving the father complete control over their lives for 3 years now. This is definitely family law gone wrong. The mother was on the fathers victim no contact list upon his released yet they were forced to be in his presence continually by family law.
      The mother was threatened by the father about appearing at Mr. Orlowskis first hearing.
      The mother saw this through and the AZBBHE did their job.

      Comment by stillhere — June 1, 2012 @ 10:54 am | Reply

  3. I have personal knowledge concerning the above case. I too have experienced family court/judicial corruption along with the incompetency of members in the psychological field. My case is over 12 years long and in Michigan.

    Hats off to the AZBBHE for stepping up and revoking David W.Orolwskis license. More importantly I want to express my admiration for the mom in the above case;her perseverance has saved many other good parents and innocent children from having to experience the pain her and her daughter were forced to endure. David W. Orlowski can no longer use his name (past title)to emotionally, mentally and financially destroy the innocent.

    For others who may read this and have not experienced the grave injustice I want you to know what a great accomplishment has taken place with the State of AZ revoking Orlowski license. As stated I am a 12 plus year victim and I have not been able to receive any sort of justice in my Michigan case.

    Comment by Dale Karin Trowbridge — June 12, 2012 @ 5:53 am | Reply

  4. I met this lady at a conference and learned about her story. I hope people will step up and help her. I, too, am going through family court, and the children and I as a family have been destroyed by CPS and the family court system of judges, evaluators, and therapists. I am glad that AZBBHE is addressing the issues with some of the therapists and evaluators involved in cases who do harm to the best interest of the children. As a special education teacher I see all kinds of families and situations in school. My heart is with children. The more we work together to help the children amidst the injustice, the more we can accomplish.

    Comment by Julie Olson — June 18, 2012 @ 4:47 pm | Reply


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