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.
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