David Scratchley, the 12-step
psychologist guy in charge of Seattle’s Matt Talbot Center’s addiction treatment program, put in a not guilty plea in court today.
David Scratchley, the 12-step
“He was part of it, but he was not it.”
– Greg Alex. Director of the New Hope Recovery Center. Referring to the recent outing of
Dr.David Scratchley, as a fraud.
“…Supervised by Dr. David Scratchley, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and renowned Addictionologist, our recovery and relapse prevention program addresses the physiology, psychology, and sociology of addiction.”
– From the New Hope Recovery Center website. This line has since been changed to “…Founded by Executive Director Gregory K. Alex, M.A., C.D.C.
This is a nice spin Mr. Alex is putting on this situation. Rigorous honesty™ allows for “supervised” to be changed to “part of.” Let’s apply the same logic to other things:
- – L. Ron Hubbard was part of Scientology, but he was not it.
- – David Koresh was a member of the Branch Davidians, but he wasn’t the whole group.
- – Bernie Madoff was part Madoff Securities, but he wasn’t the whole company.
- – Jim Bakker was part of the PTL club, but he was not the only employee.
The fact of the matter is that Greg Alex handed the keys to the store to someone with no credentials, and he did not perform a proper background check. He also has a no drug test policy for his employees, which is astounding, considering the fact that recovering™ drug addicts permeate this industry (and would have come in handy in this situation, as it seems
Doctor Mr. Scratchley was, along with being a likely pedophile, was also a crack smoker).
Alex is quoted as saying, “the program goes on.” What does that mean? Does it go on as it did before, without proper background checks and drug screening of employees? Are they going to review the backgrounds of their current employees, and subject them to drug screening? What is Greg Alex’ background? Is the Matt Talbot Center going to operate with any transparency going forward, or are they going to continue as they are now, by minimizing the impact Scratchley had on their operation, and going about business as usual? Who is going to hold himself or herself accountable for hiring this asshat?
These are legitimate questions for an operation that has shown itself to be inept, enjoys tax exempt status, receives public funding and solicits for donations under the guise that they are a “Christian” (and therefor moral and ethical) organization. People with something to hide, hide. Greg Alex needs to come out of his troll hole and operate with at least some modicum of integrity.
In keeping with this week’s theme of parenting superstars, I give you Shayean Blackmon.
Babysitters can expensive and unreliable, so Shayean decided on an alternate form of child-care: She punched the baby in the face and abandoned it in a park:
22-year-old Shayean Blackmon decided to spend her day yesterday drinking in a park in Highland Park, Michigan. Think of it as a little post-Mother’s Day present to herself. But it seems that getting hammered and caring for her 3-month-old daughter was too much multitasking…
According to witnesses, Blackmon decided to punch her baby in the face, then walk away, leaving her in the park.
The little girl was rescued by someone women who were also at the park. When the story aired on TV, the child’s grandfather, Henry Bowles, recognized the little girl and went to retrieve her.
Not to worry, though. Her problem is solved. She’s been mandated to AA. Of course.
Joan and Ward Cleaver they ain’t….
“…The Vigils rolled into a Las Vegas, New Mexico Red Lobster recently, their five-month-old daughter in tow. The young family was seated at one of the fine eatery’s comfy booths and prepared themselves for a mighty feast.Soon, though, restaurant employees realized something was terribly awry. The Vigils appeared to be cataclysmically intoxicated, so-much-so workers observed them repeatedly “passing out” at the table and hardly able to speak.When a server refused to ring in the Vigil’s order for more spirits, the denial didn’t appear to make a dent in the couple’s collective buzz. Linda Vigil was soon spotted shaking and dangling the baby by the arms, trying to make her dance as proud papa looked on with an approving, albeit chemical-stained, smile.Once the couple had soaked up enough of the chain restaurant’s ambience, they got ready to leave. It was at that juncture when concerned Red Lobster’s workers observed the wobbly parents toting the child in her car seat as it swung and bumped into chairs, doors and walls.Red Lobster staff offered to call a cab for the couple, but that gesture was shot down.A waitress then summoned authorities.Officers arrived in the restaurant parking lot to find the Vigils severely FUBRed. They also found Steven Vigil trying to drive off in a red Ford Mustang that had been reported stolen in late May.Steven told police he had borrowed the vehicle from an Alcoholics Anonymous buddy. He added that he and his buddy had recently got into a spat and that was likely why his AA chum had now reported the car thieved….”
In a follow-up to the story about David Scratchley, the 12-step doctor who was arrested Friday for attempted rape of a child, some new details have arisen. First, and not surprisingly, there is evidence that he may have victimized other children. Also, it seems the good doctor may not be a doctor after all:
“Prosecutors also say there’s evidence Scratchley may have victimized other children. And while Scratchley refers to himself as “doctor” the only state license we could find for him is as a “chemical dependency professional trainee”.
This guy is the Clinical Director of the Matt Talbot Center. The obvious question is: what kind of background checks and due diligence does the Matt Talbot Center use in hiring its employees? If this guy is the director, who is facilitating the actual operations of this place? What qualifications do they have? Gregory Alex, the Executive Director of the center said that he was surprised because they saw no indication of this behavior. Had he done an actual background check, starting with whether or not this guy is actually a psychologist in the first place, he may have caught a clue as to this guy’s integrity.
One thing we did learn from the article is, this center does not drug test its employees. What kind of sense does this make for an organization that treats people with drug problems? Knowing the rate of recidivism for those with chemical dependency problems, and knowing the staggeringly high percentage of drug counselors who fell into the profession because of their own addictive behaviors, it seems obvious to anyone with half a brain that drug testing of employees should be part of normal course of business.
Because I wasn’t born yesterday, I’m certain more interesting information will come out on this story. I’m also certain that the incompetents running the show at the Matt Talbot Center will do what they can to cover their asses, and will keep their explanation of this little problem within the confines of rigorous honesty™.
BURLINGTON, Vermont – An English woman has been charged with aggravated sexual assault on a child after the discovery that her 7-year-old daughter kept a diary in which she noted when she was forced to have sex with her mother’s boyfriend.
Burnham said Parnitzke was born in England but was a permanent resident of the United States. Parnitzke and her daughter moved to Vermont in 2004, but Parnitzke sent the girl to live with her father in 2006.
The father went to police in October after the 11-year-old girl told him that while living in England, Parnitzke would bring men home from Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and let them rape her beginning when she was 5.
A three-year old in Britain has been clinically diagnosed as the country’s youngest alcoholic. No doubt because he/she is spiritually deficient, and full of anger and resentment. It will be interesting to see how this kid acts during a share session. I know that when I was three, I didn’t want to share anything.