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A Whitby father who lost a custody battle for his two sons broke downin tears yesterday after a so-called doctor who inappropriatelydiagno­sed him with a psychiatric disorder pleaded guilty toprofessional misconduct.

A Whitby father who lost a custody battle for his two sons broke down in tears yesterday after a so-called doctor who inappropriately diagno­sed him with a psychiatric disorder pleaded guilty to professional misconduct.

“It doesn’t undo the problems that he has caused,” said the father, who can’t be named to protect the identity of his sons, ages seven and nine.

The College of Psychologists of Ontario found Gregory Carter, a psychological associate, guilty of straying beyond the scope of his profession in diagnosing the father, whom he never even met, with “narcissistic personality disorder.”

A psychological associate is a step below a psychologist. While psychologists have doctorates, associates have only master’s degrees. And some, like Carter, are strictly prohibited from diagnosing mental disorders unless supervised by a psychologist.

Carter has a legitimate master’s degree, but his Ph.D. is from Pacific Western University, which the U.S. government has denounced as a “diploma mill.” Still, Carter, 63, referred to himself as a doctor. He was thought to be a psychologist by officials with the Durham Children’s Aid Society and by many judges and lawyers in the region’s family court system.

 
 
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