The Knucklehead of the Day award
Today's winner is Psychologist Bruce Beaton. He gets the award for the following.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian psychologist charged with indecently assaulting a patient told a court on Tuesday that forcing his female patient to wear a dog collar and call him master was within a psychologist's ethical guidelines.Somehow no one but Dr. Beaton sees mention of dog collars in Australia's ethical guidelines. For mistreating rather than treating his patient, Bruce Beaton is today's Knucklehead of the Day.
Psychologist Bruce Beaton, 64, pleaded not guilty in the Western Australia District Court to four charges of indecently assaulting a 22-year-old woman in 2005, local media reported.
Beaton was arrested when police, who had been secretly video recording the session with the woman, heard whipping sounds, reported Australian Associated Press from the court.
Beaton told the court he resorted to master-servant treatment with his bulimic patient because other methods had failed. He said he thought forcing the woman to wear a dog collar and call him master would build a more trusting relationship.
He said such treatment was allowed by the Australian Psychological Society. "It is right within the ethical guidelines," Beaton told the court.
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