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Ridge Creek "School" - Staff with Fake Advanced Degrees
« on: January 26, 2011, 01:03:23 PM »
Moved from another thread for cross-reference:

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On second thought...Chris Grimwood does not meet the defintion of "professional staff".  He lists an MSW from Farington University in his CV, but Farington is a diploma mill.  This explains why RCS removed the MSW reference from his profile.

From Farington University's website:

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I understand that Farington University is an on-line life experience institution that awards documents based on information submitted by student and there are no tests and coursework necessary for successful enrollment and completion of any program.

This is the disclaimer you have to recognize before continuing to "register".

"No tests and coursework necessary"

http://www.hep.uiuc.edu/home/g-gollin/o ... n_home.htm

Ridge Creek parents...you have been ripped off!  Chris Grimwood is a phony social worker with no degree.


Back when HLA was started there was a phony "doctor" on staff with a fake degree from a diploma mill.  Apparently, the owner has no qualms about hiring unqualified people with fake degrees to care for your children's psychological needs.  Chris Grimwood is the latest to be exposed for his phony CV.

Chris is reportedly out of a job at RCS but I hope future employers recognize this guy as a fraud with a fake degree before he can do irreperable harm to other children in his care.
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Re: Ridge Creek "School" - Staff with Fake Advanced Degrees
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2011, 01:06:06 PM »
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ORIGINAL POST BY  RIDGE CREEK SCHOOL WEBSITE STATING CHRIS GRIMWOOD RECEIVED HIS MSW FROM FARINGTON UNIVERSITY, A  KNOWN DIPLOMA MILL.Chris Grimwood
Program Administrator
Chris has a B.A.,Psychology from the University of
Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada. He obtained
his Master of Social Work, at Farington University, Las
Vegas, Nevada.
http://http://www.ridgecreek.org/rc-staff.htm

CURRENT POST BY RCS AFTER HAVING REMOVED FARINGTON UNIVERSITY AND THE MSW.
Chris Grimwood
Executive Director
Chris is a Canadian citizen who was schooled at the University of Western Ontario, in London Ontario Canada. He has been employed in the social services field since 1998, where he got his start working with students coping with learning and developmental disabilities. Prior to joining the Ridge Creek team in 2006 as a Peer Group Counselor Chris was the Program Administrator of a long term Outdoor Therapeutic Program. In addition to breeding Siberian Huskies and collecting automobiles, Chris enjoys camping, skiing, and other outdoor activities.
http://http://www.ridgecreekschool.com/faculty-members.htm#Grimwood

According to LinkedIn: CURRENT STATING THAT CHRIS GRIMWOOD RECEIVED HIS MSW FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO

Chris Grimwood’s Education
•   The University of Western Ontario
MSW , Psychology/Social Work

http://http://www.linkedin.com/in/cgrimwood

Sec. of State Georgia Verification of MSW license - NONE

http://https://secure.sos.state.ga.us/myverification/Search.aspx

Follow directions...  no one is licensed but Buccellatoin Psychology.  No one holds an MSW license, nor a Professional Counselor license according to the State of Georgia.
The only staff, former, that held a license was Joseph Stapp, and he is gone.
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Re: Ridge Creek "School" - Staff with Fake Advanced Degrees
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2011, 01:09:08 PM »
More RCS/HLAfake degree information here.

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Well, we all know about "Dr." Tom Sisk with the phony degree from a diploma mill, but I was sent the bio of this guy:

Clay Erickson
Director of Addiction Services

B.A. - Pacific Southern University. M.D. ? University of Washington School of Medicine. M.A. ? Antioch University


He has a BA posted from "Pacific Southern University," a well-known, now defunct (sued by the State of Hawaii) DIPLOMA MILL.

Unless this bio is a mistake, Mr. Erickson has a bogus degree.

A news article:
http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/stor ... ocus1.html

Here's where they were spanked, fined and shut down for fraud:
http://www.hawaii.gov/dcca/areas/ocp/udgi/lawsuits/PSU/

Another phony clinician on the staff?  Who can tell us more about Mr. Erickson?
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Re: Ridge Creek "School" - Staff with Fake Advanced Degrees
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2011, 01:20:13 PM »
Question...Does the State of Georgia require RCS to have  LICENSED MSW's and LICENSED PC's on staff  to operate in the many capacities that it does with ORS, ORCC, MHADDAD,DHS, and DFCS blessings.  Or can the staff only have Master's degrees in M.ED, Master of Counseling, etc. and not be licensed ????
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Re: Ridge Creek "School" - Staff with Fake Advanced Degrees
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2011, 01:21:06 PM »
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Thanks, Guest.  That $299 and five day wait has had an incredible return for Chris- a job at HLA with a free place to stay for him and his dogs.

The real question is though, which is worse:  

1) Having a fake degree from Farington University (AKA FU) or
2) Being busted for lying that your degree is from an actual university?

I'm leaning toward number two from an ethics and legal standpoint but can see the arguement for number one as child safety is job one.  Any ideas?  I'm on the fence here???

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From an HLA email sent to parents:

HIDDEN LAKE ACADEMY
COUNSELING & CLINICAL STAFF QUALIFICATIONS

Administrative/Supervisory Staff:

1.   Charles W Cates, Ph.D., Educational Leadership, (Ga State University) - Headmaster
2.   Clay Erickson M.A., Psych, (Antioch Univ.) ?Addictions Services Coord ? Assoc Director of Counseling
3.   Jeff Holloway, M.S.W., Master of Social Work, (Univ. of Iowa) - Assist Headmaster
4.   John McMillon, M.S., Counseling and Human Development, (Troy State Univ.) ?  Dir of Counseling
5.   Christy L. Jones, Psy. D. Clinical Psych (Regent University) ? Assoc Dir of Counseling ? Clinical Supervisor
6.   Brad Carpenter, Psy.D. Clinical Psych (Argosy University) ? Testing Coordinator
7.   Joe Stapp, M.A., Counseling (Amberton University) LPC (GA) Assist Headmaster

Assistant Directors of Counseling:

8.     Cheryl Ballow, M.S., Counseling/ Psych, (Troy State Univ.) Workshop Coordinator
9.      Kees de Vente, M. Div., (Vanderbilt Univ.) - Spiritual Coordinator
     10.      Anna Jones, M.Ed. School Counseling (Middle Tennessee State University); Licensed and
         Certified School Counselor, Consultant and School Communication coordinator
       
Counselor Coordinators:

        11.     Daryl Beard, M.Ed., Community Counseling, (North Carolina State Univ.); NCC
        12.     Doug Sills, M.S. Professional Counseling, (Georgia State University), NCC, LPC (GA)
        13.     Dan Mansfield, M.A. Marriage, and Family Therapy, (Louisville Presbyterian Theological
                  Seminary)
       
Counselors:

       14.    Betty Greene, M.S., Community Counseling (North Georgia College & State University); ALPC
                (GA)  
        15.  Gerry Mattox, M.Th. (Northwestern Theological Seminary), M.S. Mental Health Counseling
               (Capella University)
        16     Laura R. Inman, MSW (University of South Carolina)
        17.    Lance Henson, M.A. Clinical Psychology (Forest Institute of Professional Psychology)
        18.    Matthew D. Klein, M.A. Clinical Psychology (Argosy University)
        19.    Melanie Mooney, M.S. Clinical Psychology (Augusta State University)    
        20.    Nicole M. Ryder, M.S. Community Counseling (North Georgia College and State University)  
        21.    Isis Ruff, M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy (Nova Southeastern University)
        22.    Jennifer Neal M.S. Rehabilitation Counselor Education (University of Louisiana)
        23.    Chris Grimwood, MSW (Farington University)
        24.    Ed Clark, M.A. (Completing) Professional Counseling (Liberty University)
        25.    Beau Rappe, MSW (University of Central Florida)


______________________________________________________

Leonard Buccellato, Ph.D., the founder and owner of Hidden Lake has been a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Georgia since 1975.  Dr. Buccellato and the Associate Directors of Counseling supervise and oversee all counseling activities at Hidden Lake Academy.

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Re: Ridge Creek "School" - Staff with Fake Advanced Degrees
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2011, 01:26:40 PM »
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Question...Does the State of Georgia require RCS to have  LICENSED MSW's and LICENSED PC's on staff  to operate in the many capacities that it does with ORS, ORCC, MHADDAD,DHS, and DFCS blessings.  Or can the staff only have Master's degrees in M.ED, Master of Counseling, etc. and not be licensed ????

If they are conducting therapy groups (e.g. "realizations"), they must be licensed.
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Re: Ridge Creek "School" - Staff with Fake Advanced Degrees
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2011, 01:46:18 PM »
Rules appear vague in some areas, especially licensing.  Although document clearly states a BONAFIED degree.

CCI license rules:
http://http://rules.sos.state.ga.us/cgi-bin/page.cgi?g=DEPARTMENT_OF_HUMAN_SERVICES%2FFAMILY___CHILDREN_SERVICES__CHILD_CARE_INSTITUTIONS%2FRULES_AND_REGULATIONS_FOR_CHILD_CARING_INSTITUTIONS%2Findex.html&d=1

http://http://rules.sos.state.ga.us/docs/290/2/5/08.pdf
290-2-5-.08 Administration and Organization.
(1) Program Purpose. In accordance with these rules and regulations, a licensed child
caring institution shall develop, implement and comply with written policies and
procedures that specify its philosophy, purpose, and program orientation. Such policies
and procedures shall identify the characteristics and ages of the children it serves,
including the referral sources.
(2) Program Description and Implementation. In accordance with these rules and
regulations, a licensed child caring institution shall develop, implement and comply with
written policies and procedures that describe the range of services including room, board
and watchful oversight and the manner in which such services will be provided by the
facility. Such policies and procedures shall describe how identified services will be
provided, the specific emergency safety intervention plan, including the emergency safety
interventions, that will be used, and how such services will be assessed and evaluated. A
program description must show what services are provided directly by the facility and
how it will coordinate its services with those provided by any Medicaid rehabilitation
option provider or other available community or contract resources.
(3) Director. The governing body of the institution shall designate a director who shall be
authorized to manage the institution.
(a) Any director employed on or after the effective date of these rules shall possess at
least one of the following qualifications:
1. A master’s degree from an accredited college or univers ity in the area of soc ia l
sciences, social work, childhood education, or business or public administration or a
related field plus two years of experience in the field of child care;
2. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the area of social
sciences, social work, childhood education, or business or public administration or a
related field plus four years of experience in the field of child care;
3. A licensed registered nurse, doctor or other health care professional where the childcaring
institution chooses to serve primarily children with special medical needs.
(b) Any director employed on or after the effective date of these rules must meet the
following additional minimum qualifications.
1. Never have been shown by credible evidence (e.g. a court or jury, a department
investigation, or other reliable evidence) to have abused, neglected, sexually exploited, or
deprived a child or adult or to have subjected any person to serious injury as a result of
intentional or grossly negligent misconduct as evidenced by an oral or written statement
to this effect obtained at the time of application and evidence of having made efforts to
obtain and evaluate references from previous employers;
2. Participate in the orientation and training required by these rules; and
3. Not have made any material false statements concerning qualifications requirements
either to the department or the proposed licensee.
(c) When the director is absent from the institution at any time, there shall be an officially
designated person to assume responsibility for the operation of the institution.
(4) Finances. The governing body shall provide for the preparation of an annual budget
and approve such budget. Copies of the current year's budget and expenditure records
shall be maintained for examination and review by the department.
(a) The director and all persons authorized to receive or disburse operating funds shall be
bonded or insured.
(b) A schedule of fees shall be established and implemented and made available to a
parent(s) or guardian(s), or representative(s) of children considered for admission to the
institution. The schedule shall detail the basic cost of services and any additional costs for
other services.
(5) Recordkeeping.
(a) Case Records. An institution shall maintain a written record for each child which shall
include the following:
1. Identifying information including name, sex, and birth date or age;
2. Date of admission and source of referral including all documents related to the referral
and admission of the child to the institution;
3. Name, address, and telephone numbers of the parent(s) or guardian(s) or
representative(s);
4. Name and telephone number of placing agency and agency's contact, if applicable;
5. Documentation of current custody if not placed by natural or adoptive parents;
6. A copy of the child's birth certificate, or an appropriate record of birth;
7. Assessment plans;
8. Service plans and review and progress notes and collateral communications with MRO
and/or other service providers;
9. Records of behavior management, emergency safety interventions, and written
grievances, as described in Rule .14 and Rule .15;
10. Documentation of health history; as required at admission;
11. Medical records, including documentation of visits to physicians and dentists, records
of prescriptions and administration of medicines, immunization records, and orders for
modified diets;
12. Educational and vocational information such as report cards, progress reports, and
related materials received during a child's residency in the institution; and
13. Discharge plans required by Rule .11, if applicable,
(b) Retention of Case Records. Case records shall be retained in the institution for at least
one year following discharge of residents.
(c) Confidentiality of Case Records.
1. Written policies and procedures shall be established and implemented for the
maintenance and security of case records specifying who shall supervise the maintenance
of records, who shall have custody of records, and to whom records may be released and
for what purposes.
2. An institution shall maintain the confidentiality of all children's case records.
Employees of the institution shall not disclose or knowingly permit the disclosure of any
information in a case record except to appropriate direct care staff, the parent(s) or
guardian(s), their respective legal counsel, a court of legal jurisdiction, licensing staff,
and other authorized public officials in the performance of their mandated duties, or the
child's placing agency.
(d) Personnel Records. An institution shall maintain written records for each employee
and the director. Such records shall include the following:
1. Identifying information such as name, address, telephone number, and emergency
contact person(s);
2. A 10-year employment history or a complete employment history if the person has not
worked 10 years;
3. Records of educational qualifications;
4. Documentation of at least two professional, educational, or personal references that
attest to the person's capabilities of performing the duties for which they are employed
and to the person's suitability of working with or around children;
5. Satisfactory preliminary criminal history background check determinat ion and a
satisfactory fingerprint records check determination as required by law for the director
and foster parents, and a satisfactory determination on a preliminary records check and
fingerprint records check for employees as required by law;
6. Documentation from a licensed physician or other licensed healthcare professional of a
health screening examination within thirty (30) days of hiring sufficient in scope to
identify conditions that may place the children at risk of infection, injury or improper
care;
7. Date of employment;
8. The person's job description or statements of the person's duties and responsibilities;
9. Documentation of orientation and training, including dates of all such training, as
required by Rule .08(6)(d) of these rules; and
10. Any documentation of the individual's performance, including all records of
employee discipline arising from the inappropriate use of behavior management
techniques and emergency safety interventions and grievance reports described in Rule
.14 and Rule .15 related to children in care and the employee.
(6) Staffing. The institution shall have sufficient numbers of qualified and trained staff as
required by these rules to provide for the needs, care, protection, supervision and room,
board and watchful oversight of children. All staff and volunteers shall be supervised to
ensure that assigned duties are performed adequately and to protect the health, safety and
well-being of the children in care.
(a) All staff employed on or after the effective date of these rules must meet the following
minimum qualifications:
1. Never have been shown by credible evidence (such as a decision of a court or jury, or a
department investigation or other reliable evidence) to have abused, neglected, sexually
exploited, or deprived a child or adult or to have subjected any person to serious injury as
a result of intentional or grossly serious injury as a result of intentional or grossly
negligent misconduct as evidenced by an oral or written statement to this effect obtained
at the time of application;
2. Participate in the orientation and training as stated in subparagraph (d) of this Rule;
and
3. Not have made any material false statements concerning qualifications requirements
either to the department or the proposed licensee.
4. All prospective foster parents, adoptive parents or any adult living in the home must be
checked against the child abuse and neglect registry for information, and must provide
information from any other state in which any such prospective parent or other adult has
resided in the previous 5 years to check any child abuse and neglect registry maintained
by that state. Providers will need to comply with these requirements before they approve
prospective homes when such information is available.
(b) Human Services Professionals. The institution shall have designated human service
professionals to provide oversight of services to children and their families in the home
setting. Within six months of the effective date of these rules, there shall be one human
services professional employed for every 16 children in care or fraction thereof for those
institutions first licensed after the effective date of these rules. For those institutions
licensed prior to the effective date of these rules, there shall be one human service
professional employed for every 30 children in care or fraction thereof. However, a
human services professional assigned referral and intake duties and responsibilities shall
provide oversight of services to not more than 16 children. The institution's director, if
qualified by education, may perform the duties of a human services professional.
1. Any human services professional employed on or after the effective date of these rules
shall either:
(i) Possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in social work,
psychology, childhood education, education counseling and psychology, or a related field
and either have two years experience in the field of child care or be supervised by another
human service professional with a master's degree in one of the above disciplines; or
(ii) Possess a master's degree from an accredited college or university in one of the above
disciplines.
(c) Child Care Workers. The institution shall have designated child care workers to
supervise children and be responsible for living units where the children reside.
1. No institution shall admit or retain children whose needs for room, board and watchful
oversight cannot be met. The institution shall have sufficient numbers of qualified and
trained staff to provide for the room, board and watchful oversight of children pursuant to
Rule .08(6).
2. Any child care worker shall be at least 21 years of age and possess a high school
diploma or general education diploma (GED) and have current evidence of successful
completion of a biennial training program in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and a
triennial training program in first aid which have been offered by certified or licensed
health care professionals. Such training programs shall be completed within the first year
of employment.
(d) Staff Training. Prior to working with children, all staff, including the director, who
work with children and are hired after the effective date of these rules shall be oriented in
accordance with these rules and shall thereafter periodically receive additional training in
accordance with these rules.
1. Orientation shall include instruction in:
(i) The institution's purpose and description of services and its policies and procedures;
(ii) The employee's assigned duties and responsibilities;
(iii) Grievance policies and procedures;
(iv) Child abuse policies and procedures;
(v) Reporting requirements for suspected cases of child abuse and sexual exploitation and
notifiable diseases and serious injuries;
(vi) The institution's policies and procedures for handling medical emergencies (lifethreatening,
limb-threatening, or function-threatening conditions), and managing use of
medications by children in care; and
(vii) The institution’s polic ies and procedures regarding appropriate behavior
management and emergency safety interventions.
2. Additional training shall include twenty-four (24) clock hours of formal, annual
training or instruction in child care issues related to the employee's job assignment and to
the types of services provided by the institution.
(e) All direct care staff shall have at least one full day (24 hours) off each week and shall
also have at least one weekend off each month.
(7) Reporting. Detailed written summary reports shall be made to the Department of
Human Resources, Office of Regulatory Services, Residential Child Care Unit via email
or fax on the required incident intake information form (IIIF) within 24 hours. This report
shall be made regarding serious occurrences involving children in care, including but not
limited to:
(a) Accidents or injuries requiring medical treatment and/or hospitalization;
(b) Death;
(c) Suicide attempts;
(d) Closure of the living unit due to disaster or emergency situations such as fires or
severe weather;
(e) Emergency safety interventions resulting in any injury; or
(f) Any incident which results in any federal, state or private legal action by or against the
institution which affects any child or the conduct of the institution. However, legal action
involving the juvenile justice system is not required to be reported.
(g) A detailed investigative report which includes steps taken by the facility to prevent
further incidents of a similar nature from occurring shall follow in five work days if not
provided initially.
(8) Child Abuse Reports. Whenever the child caring institution has reason to believe that
a child in care has been subjected to child abuse it shall cause a report of such abuse to be
made to the child welfare agency of the county of occurrence providing protective
services as designated by the Department of Human Resources (Division of Family and
Children Services) or in the absence of such an agency to an appropriate police authority
or district attorney in accordance with the requirements of O.C.G.A. Sec. 19-7-5. A copy
of such report shall also be filed with the Office of Regulatory Services.
Authority O.C.G.A. Secs. 19-7-5, 49-5-8, 49-5-12. History. Original Rule entitled “Administration and
Organization” adopted. F. June 30, 1994; eff. Aug. 1, 1994, as specified by the Agency. Repealed: New
Rule of same title adopted. F. Aug. 22, 2006; eff. Sept. 11, 2006. Repealed: New Rule of same title
adopted. F. June 5, 2007; eff. June 25, 2007. Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. Jan. 24, 2008;
eff. Feb. 13, 2008.
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