Virginia suspends Phyllis White Phelan for double patient boundary violation

July 7, 2012

On March 29, 2012, the Virginia Department of Health Professions suspended the license of Phyllis White Phelan, Ph.D.

According to Virginia’s documents, Phelan was indefinitely suspended from practice by the state of Minnesota on February 17, 2012 for unprofessional conduct.

The Minnesota Board’s documents state that Phelan engaged in a boundary violation in which she enlisted “patient 1” to go return a set of keys to “patient 2.” Patient 2 then invited 1 to go to a casino. Patient 1 reported being uncomfortable with the whole thing.

Phelan provided Patient 1 with $20 gas money for the task. The Board’s expert opined that Phelan committed a boundary violation against two patients on several levels.

Source: Order in re: Phyllis White Phelan, Ph.D., License No. 0810-004483, Before the Virginia Department of Health Professions.

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