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Old 07-21-2013, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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This is an obvious abuse of power. It's Big Oppressive Government and bolsters the argument that government should not be involved with occupational licensing.

On May 7, Kentucky’s office of attorney general sent a letter to newspaper advice columnist John Rosemond. The letter ordered him to sign a consent decree that he would stop practicing psychology without a license in their state, and stop calling himself a psychologist in Kentucky as well, since he was not licensed by the state’s Board of Examiners of Psychology.

The kicker is that Kentucky claims that writing an advice column that appears in a newspaper in the state—in the specific case of their complaint, the Lexington Herald-Leader, though it appears in others as well—is not an act of freedom of the press, but rather practicing psychology without the required license.


Banning Advice Columnists in the Name of Occupational Licensing - Reason.com
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Old 07-21-2013, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Old Bellevue, WA
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This is an obvious abuse of power. It's Big Oppressive Government and bolsters the argument that government should not be involved with occupational licensing.

On May 7, Kentucky’s office of attorney general sent a letter to newspaper advice columnist John Rosemond. The letter ordered him to sign a consent decree that he would stop practicing psychology without a license in their state, and stop calling himself a psychologist in Kentucky as well, since he was not licensed by the state’s Board of Examiners of Psychology.

The kicker is that Kentucky claims that writing an advice column that appears in a newspaper in the state—in the specific case of their complaint, the Lexington Herald-Leader, though it appears in others as well—is not an act of freedom of the press, but rather practicing psychology without the required license.

Banning Advice Columnists in the Name of Occupational Licensing - Reason.com
I just googled it. KY atty gen Jack Conway is a Democrat. So this is another case, in a long line, of Dems chipping away at the First Amendment
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Old 07-21-2013, 01:58 PM
 
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The guy is giving advice to people under the assumption he is a licensed psychologist, while you have to be an idiot to listen to advice from an newspaper advice column. I would like to know if I were the one getting the advice that the guy/girl giving it to me was an actual psychologist and not just some random blogger.
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Old 07-21-2013, 02:15 PM
 
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This is an obvious abuse of power. It's Big Oppressive Government and bolsters the argument that government should not be involved with occupational licensing.

On May 7, Kentucky’s office of attorney general sent a letter to newspaper advice columnist John Rosemond. The letter ordered him to sign a consent decree that he would stop practicing psychology without a license in their state, and stop calling himself a psychologist in Kentucky as well, since he was not licensed by the state’s Board of Examiners of Psychology.

The kicker is that Kentucky claims that writing an advice column that appears in a newspaper in the state—in the specific case of their complaint, the Lexington Herald-Leader, though it appears in others as well—is not an act of freedom of the press, but rather practicing psychology without the required license.


Banning Advice Columnists in the Name of Occupational Licensing - Reason.com
The article I read said this was driven by the Board of Psychology, not the Governor's office or any elected member of the state. The article said he identifies himself as a "family psychologist" at the end of his weekly columns." I don't think they would care as much if it was a Dear Abby type column, but it's about parenting and most especially discipline for kids (he is very strict). It was one specific column in which a family wrote about their troubled teen, and the board thought the advice given could be harmful, that made them decide to take action.

Because the Psychology Board is a state board, the state Attorney General's Office is in charge of legal matters dealing with the board and represents them.
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Old 07-21-2013, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Barrington
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The guy is giving advice to people under the assumption he is a licensed psychologist, while you have to be an idiot to listen to advice from an newspaper advice column. I would like to know if I were the one getting the advice that the guy/girl giving it to me was an actual psychologist and not just some random blogger.
He is indeed a licensed psychologist, in NC.

Maybe Ky. will go after Dr. Oz or Dr. Phil or Dr. Drew, next.
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Old 07-21-2013, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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The article said he identifies himself as a "family psychologist" at the end
of his weekly columns."
And there you have it. You can't call yourself a psychologist if you aren't. Perhaps the ones complaining about "government overreach" would have no problem going to a doctor who really isn't.
Good luck with that.
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Old 07-21-2013, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Barrington
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The guy is giving advice to people under the assumption he is a licensed psychologist, while you have to be an idiot to listen to advice from an newspaper advice column. I would like to know if I were the one getting the advice that the guy/girl giving it to me was an actual psychologist and not just some random blogger.
He is indeed licensed in North Carolina. His column is syndicated all over the U.S.

Should Dr. Oz be taken off the air because he is licensed only in NY ?
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Old 07-21-2013, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Columbus, OH
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And there you have it. You can't call yourself a psychologist if you aren't. Perhaps the ones complaining about "government overreach" would have no problem going to a doctor who really isn't.
Good luck with that.
I could care less if the government approves of my doctor. All I care about is if he knows what he is doing.

Passing some government test proves he can pass a government test, not that he's a good doctor.

How many bad drivers are out there that passed government muster??? Millions.
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Old 07-21-2013, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Barrington
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And there you have it. You can't call yourself a psychologist if you aren't. Perhaps the ones complaining about "government overreach" would have no problem going to a doctor who really isn't.
Good luck with that.
He is a licensed psychologist in the state of North Carolina.

His column is nationally syndicated.
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Old 07-21-2013, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Columbus, OH
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He is indeed licensed in North Carolina. His column is syndicated all over the U.S.

Should Dr. Oz be taken off the air because he is licensed only in NY ?
Next they will be raiding bookstores for any type of "self-help" book. People can't give advice in Kentucky unless it is pre-approved.
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