Arizona social worker Alfred Dodini surrenders license over interference in custody matter, recordkeeping failures, etc.

May 31, 2012

On August 1, 2011, the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners accepted the surrender of licensed clinical social worker Alfred Dodini's license. The surrender is deemed a revocation.

The Board’s disciplinary document on Dodini covers a number of issues, including his treatment of a 12-year-old boy with behavioral issues related to marital problems between his parents. In this case, Dodini failed to perform a suicide risk assessment on the father, who repeatedly threatened to commit suicide and admitted to suicidal ideation.

Dodini wrote a letter to the court identifying the father as a client, though the father had never signed a release of information authorization. Dodini failed to file a report with child protective services after receiving a report that the father hit his son. Following the mother filing for divorce, Dodini communicated with the custody evaluator and advised them that the mother might be experiencing aspects of schizophrenia, even though the mother had never been his patient. He threatened to disclose personal damaging information about the mother and her son to the licensing board if she proceeded to file a complaint against him. He failed to keep separate patient records on the son and the father, intermingling their progress notes together and he failed to document important aspects of their treatment.

The Board’s document details Dodini’s conduct in another family divorce-custody case in which, among other things, he refused to release a minor patient’s records to the father and numerous documentation failures.

Source: Entry on Alfred Dodini, Adverse Action Tracking Form, Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, 2011.

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