State revokes license of social worker Kelli King for relationship with husband of couple she counseled (later married him)

June 10, 2011

On May 20, 2011, the Alabama Board of Social Work Examiners revoked the license of clinical social worker Kelli King (aka Kelli King Jarvis) for having engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a client.

According to the Board’s document, in 2008, King, who was employed at Alabama Psychiatric Associates, treated a husband and wife for parenting and relational issues. 

“During 2008, a personal relationship developed between King and [the husband], which included intimate relations,” the document states. 

The wife filed a formal complaint with the Board in early 2010 against King, regarding the inappropriate relationship.  King responded to the complaint “by stating her intentions and suggesting that she should have managed this case in a very different manner.” 

In a letter to the Board dated July 16, 2010, King “did acknowledge her friendship with [the husband] but further denied any intimate relationship” with him. 

The report of the Board’s investigator revealed that the relationship between King and the husband dated back as early as October 2008, as evidenced by records of text messages between the two. 

King continued to deny any such relationship during her interview with the Board’s investigator. 

Despite her denials, she married the husband on May 24, 2010.

Source: Recommendation of Administrative Law Judge in the Matter of Kelli King, Respondent, Case No. 10-1762C-06, before the Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners and letter dated May 20, 2011 to King from Board Executive Director Brenda W. Holden advising King that the Board voted to accept the Administrative Law Judge's recommendation to revoke her license.

2012-12-17 00:09:39
I happened upon the above woefully inaccurate article. Sadly, I am left to assume your biased article reflects the reporters inability to confirm information beyond the "snip-it's" he/she chose to include. Shame on your failure to publish data that can be substantiated by more than speculation or innuendo. Great job, Psychcrime!!!! The entire country is now safer!!!!!
2013-10-27 07:28:33

Thank you for your compliments on our work.

Fact is, we didn't originate this story, we only summarized the source, which is the Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners. So, perhaps you should contact them about their "failure to publish data that can be substantiated by more than speculation or innuendo." All requires for substantiation is a state's official order saying that the person was discipline for such-and-such a reason.

If there is another side of the story, then it was up to King's attorney to present it. However, knowing the general proclivity of mental health "professionals" for sexual exploiting their patients, it is doubtful that there is any other side to the story.


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