OMG UPDATE: Question? Answer.

Updated on Tuesday, January 21

#5787

QUESTION: What's the best way to start an online petition to fix Counselling Services, starting by firing the counsellor who sexually harassed the psychologist, and the director who enabled him?

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  1. Is there any indication that this has actually caused any problems other than a shitstorm on the Internet?

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    1. @1 okay, I'm just trying to understand what perspective you may have, to ask that question. Yes, these are real issues in the real world, and deeply affecting real people.

      And sorry if we're getting in your way of finding out what to to do with a bed fart (my view was to leave it, but I may try the foot-level venting suggestion - thx to whoever gave that idea, I didn't know that was an option). I hope the bitch-rest-face guy's feeling a lot better - he sounds nice, and that people don't hog the 8 best seats but respect it if a person claims one with their coat. And I've narrowed my answer to pre-1998 for sure, but maybe as early as 1988 (great question there btw).

      This is an awesome site for the UW community for matters, no matter how small or how big.

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    2. I'm not going to petition against something that I can't even be sure happened. There's nothing anywhere about it... only here on OMGUW. Do you have any legitimate sources who can describe what happened?

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    3. @1b You can start with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario decisions (original decision and for the request for reconsideration) from CanLii (a national virtual library of legal decisions from various jurisdictions).

      The link is available on other OMG's on this issue - try ASK 5754 for those. They're quite long documents, especially the first one.

      After you finish those legal decisions, you may want to read some of the other OMG's and ASK's about this issue. OMG 18340 has links to some of them, and you can read through some of those if you want.

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    4. @1b there's actually a lot about what happened not on OMGUW, but on sites recording legal decisions, and there have been a couple of mentions in the media.

      The unofficial many party discussion's happening here though.

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  2. All these professions have governing bodies (colleges and/or associations) which govern their practices (especially in counselling and psychology) . If you think they did something that is ethically wrong, you can sometimes contact those bodies and they will look into it.

    No idea what is happening but...just my two cents in (if it helps at all..)

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    1. That governance may only protect patients, not coworkers.

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  3. From what I've heard the actual services aren't too great either. You know, besides the harassment bit.

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  4. Sooooo glad my counselling appointment got cancelled

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    1. Was it with Mr M?

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    2. Maybe there's a way to find out who your counsellor is, or to demand that you don't get the creep under any case. Who knows, your session may have been with one of the fine people working there. It's CS leadership and their enablers/sheep that are the problem.

      It's good that you let us know. I was going to say to tell Counselling Services why, but your concerns would go to their department head and disappear. If enough people say to the UW public community they're concerned, maybe things'll improve.

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  5. @3 and @4 I put this at the feet of CS management and whoever they report to. The counsellors there (those who haven't been participating in any shunning of Dr M) are likely as frustrated as the clients.

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