A client made a complaint against Mr Adam Tasker which was submitted under the Professional Conduct Procedure. The complaint was accepted for adjudication by the Pre-Hearing Assessment Panel. Mr Tasker decided not to respond to, or participate in the Procedure. Consequently, the complaint, together with his failure to co-operate with the implementation of the Professional Conduct Procedure was referred for consideration under Article 4.6 of the Memorandum & Articles of Association.
The allegations considered by the Article 4.6 Panel were as follows:
- That Mr Tasker knowingly exploited a client sexually with unsolicited hugs, physical massages, kissing and suggestive propositions to meet outside of therapy.
- That Mr Tasker abused the trust of the client placed in him when she was vulnerable.
- That, in addition to the sexual advances, Mr Tasker allegedly failed to observe the conventional therapeutic boundaries by engaging the client in social conversation after the sessions, neglecting the time boundaries, and not offering an explicit contract for therapeutic work.
Mr Tasker did not respond to the complaint submitted by the client under the Professional Conduct Procedure. In Mr Tasker’s letter of 8 November 2007 he refused to participate in the Procedure and be professionally accountable to the Association for his actions, which indicated that he may have breached paragraph 42 of the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Mr Tasker, was invited to respond to the complaint and also the fact that he failed to be accountable under the Professional Conduct Procedure, but again, did not make a response.
The Panel decided to implement Article 4.6 of the Memorandum and Articles of Association in this case, and withdraw BACP membership from Adam Tasker, to take effect 28 days from notification of this decision. The Panel gave reasons for its decision as follows:
- In the absence of any response from Mr Tasker, the Article 4.6 Panel accepted the Complainant’s evidence as coherent and credible.
- Mr Tasker chose not to respond to, nor participate in the Professional Conduct Procedure, which in itself, is a serious contravention of his obligations under paragraph 42 of the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and demonstrates a lack of professional accountability.
Any future application for membership of this Association will be considered under the Memorandum and Articles of the Association.