Therapist William Jefferson loses license for ongoing sexual harrassment

On February 5, 2010, the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners revoked the licenses/certificates of marriage & family therapist and professional counselor William Jefferson.

According to information made publicly available by the Board, Jefferson has a minor criminal history and a history of being involuntarily terminated by his employer.

Jefferson is reported to have answered “no” on subsequent license renewal applications to questions about arrests/charges and involuntary terminations.

Specifically, the Board’s document states that Jefferson was arrested in July 1995 for the crime of resisting arrest. He was charged with the same crime in March 1997.

In 2003 and 2005, he answered “no” on multiple renewal application background questions regard arrests and charges.

He was terminated from employment at an agency he’d worked at for 12 years for inability to comply with the agency’s policies and procedures and to perform at the expected level of professionalism.

He was terminated in October 2002 from another agency he’d worked at concurrently for sexual harassment.  He was terminated in December 2008 from yet another agency he worked at, for ongoing sexual harassment. During the Board’s investigation, Williams minimized and misrepresented his employment terminations.

Source: Entry on William Jefferson, Case No. 2009-0082, License nos. LMFT-0065 and LPC-0229, as published in the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners Adverse Action Tracking Form (as found on their website).

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