Oregon counselor Judith Vergamini surrenders license relative to biased custody report

September 12, 2011

On August 13, 2010, Judith S. Vergamini surrendered her professional counselor license to the Oregon Board of Licensed Counselor and Therapists for a number of violations of Oregon statutes and administrative laws, relative to her rendering of a parenting plan in a child custody matter, in order to provide the father with access to the couple’s child. The Board’s order describes Vergamini’s biased reporting:

In preparing her Parenting Time Report for the court, Vergamini failed to include the mother’s criminal past but included the father’s DUI conviction.

In preparing a later addendum to her original report, she included the mother’s arrest and conviction record but did not include a discussion of the nature of the those arrests and convictions, where were of a nature relevant to the custody evaluation (the original report however contained a detailed discussion of alleged improprieties committed by the father).

Vergamini conducted a home study of the father’s residence to ensure it provided a safe and appropriate environment for the child but never conducted the same assessment for the mother’s residence.

Vergamini never addressed the mother’s housing situation and how it might influence the custody decision.

Source: Settlement Agreement and Stipulated Final Order in the Matter of Judith S. Vergamini, LPC, LMFT, Case No. 2009-014, DOJ File No. 108001-GB0658-09, Before the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselor and Therapists.

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EILEEN RASMUSSEN
2012-02-17 19:05:45
DID HER HUSBAND HAVE ANY INVOLVEMENT? HER HUSBAND, JEROME VERGAMINE NOW PRACTICE WITH LINN COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT IN ALBANY, OREGON. HE IS CURRENTLY MY GRANDCHILD'S DOCTOR. MY GRANDCHILD IS IN FOSTER CARE. SHOULD I HAVE CONCERNS.

GRANDMA

Gena Konrad-Cone
2015-07-16 22:32:04
This lady is so completely biased and wrong! I was one of her last cases before she surrendered her licence... I had no idea what charges she was facing when my lawyer trustingly okayed her services. But I was not only robbed of the thousands of dollars I paid for her to do a biased and incompetent job, but she also went over the generously allotted time from the court and I had to come up with more money to extend our case!!!! Several years later I paid thousands more for an actually qualified doctor who ended up vindicating me as a mother with a second custody evaluation. If I could only recoup the significant financial and painfully emotional losses caused by the confusing bias of this sweet but highly unprofessional and unethical woman. My life and my children's lives are still financially hurt by Judy Vergamini's irresponsible and unprofessional practices. While I got custody of my children back, I never got alimony or child support, and I have several years to go with the youngest. This is not fair.

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