Discipline Findings

Kaitlin Shannahan Registration No. 3226
 

An Adjudication Tribunal of the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Social Workers (NLCSW) in a decision dated March 31, 2021, found Ms. Kaitlin Shannahan RSW, Registration # 3226, guilty of conduct deserving of sanction pursuant to the Social Workers Act (2010).

Specifically, substantial, and consistent failure to maintain a reasonable standard of professional competence and integrity as exemplified by misrepresentation of clinical work completed, failure to follow up with clients who were potentially at risk, failure to meet professional documentation standards and engaging in intimidating and threatening behaviour towards colleagues which created an environment of fear in the workplace.

The conduct deserving of sanction occurred during the period of 2019-2020 while Ms. Shannahan practiced in the Eastern Region of NL. The Tribunal heard and accepted a joint submission on sanction and ordered a reprimand for a period of twelve (12) months, registration to practice suspended for twenty (20) days, completion of two (2) education courses focused on Ethical Decision Making and Documentation, restriction from providing field instruction or from being responsible for the supervision of social work students for twelve (12) months, restriction from engaging in private practice of social work for twelve (12) months and contribution to the costs associated with the Hearing in the amount of twenty five hundred dollars ($2500.00).

 

Arlene Nash Registration No. 3010


An Adjudication Tribunal of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) in a decision dated March 30, 2020, found Ms. Arlene Nash, Registration # 3010, guilty of conduct deserving of sanction pursuant to the Social Workers Act (2010).  Specifically, failing to meet documentation standards including failing to close a protection file and account for necessary documents, failing to take reasonable steps to ensure the protection of personal and private information; not following policy and protocol regarding a safety plan and failing to document a referral where there was the possibility of children at risk. 
The conduct deserving of sanction occurred during the period of 2015-2018 while Ms. Nash practiced social work in St. John’s, NL.  The Tribunal heard and accepted a joint submission on sanction and ordered a reprimand for a period of twenty four (24) months, registration to practice suspended for forty-five (45) days, completion of two (2) education courses focused on Ethics and Documentation, restriction from providing field instruction or from being responsible for the supervision of social work students for twenty four (24) months, participation in weekly supervision sessions for twelve (12) months after returning to employment, restriction from engaging in private practice of social work for twenty four (24) months and contribution to the costs associated with the Hearing in the amount of eighty-five hundred dollars ($8500.00).

 

Kimberly Russell Registration No. 3299
 

In the matter of a Complaint against Kimberly Russell, Registration # 3299, and a hearing of the Complaint pursuant to Section 23 (c) of the Social Workers Act (2010); an Adjudication Tribunal of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) in a decision dated May 28, 2018, found Ms. Russell guilty of conduct deserving of sanction, specifically: unprofessional conduct, by disclosing personal details of her health status to the client, identifying her relationship with her client as primarily one of a “buddy”, taking the client to her house, yelling at pedestrians while driving around with the client, sending inappropriate voicemail and text messages, and continuing to contact the client after being advised not to do so. The conduct deserving of sanction occurred during the period of March to November 2016 while Ms. Russell was employed in St. John’s NL. The Tribunal heard and accepted a joint submission on sanction, and pursuant to Section 31 (2) of the Act, ordered a reprimand for a period of twelve (12) months; medical clearance provided before returning to social work practice; social work supervision upon her return to social work practice for a minimum of twelve (12) months; successful completion of one (1) education course, as recommended by the Association; restriction from being a field instructor, or being responsible for the supervision of social work students for a period of twelve (12) months; restriction from engaging in private practice of social work for a period of twelve (12) months; and that Ms. Russell contribute to the costs associated with the professional conduct review process to a maximum of thirty-five hundred ($3500) dollars.

 

Stephanie Slayton Registration No. 3028


In the matter of a Complaint against Stephanie Slayton, Registration # 3028, and a hearing of the Complaint pursuant to Section 23 (c) of the Social Workers Act (2010); an Adjudication Tribunal of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) in a decision dated February 2, 2018, found Ms. Slayton guilty of conduct deserving of sanction, in particular, conduct unbecoming a social worker for using disparaging and discriminatory comments and digital media referencing two co-workers and for using inappropriate racial comments in the presence of other co-workers.  The Tribunal ordered a reprimand be placed on Ms. Slayton’s Association file for one (1) year from the date of the decision of the Adjudication Tribunal; a suspension of registration to practice for a period of sixty (60) days; completion of two (2) education courses, focused on Ethics and Preventing Discrimination and Promoting Diversity; restriction from being a field instructor or from being responsible for the supervision of social work students for a period of twelve (12) months; restriction from engaging in the private practice of social work for a period of twelve (12) months; and contribution to the costs associated with the hearing in the amount of $1,500.

 

Morley Rice Registration No. 1702


In the matter of a Complaint against Morley Rice, Registration # 1702, and a hearing of the Complaint pursuant to Section 23 (c) of the Social Workers Act (2010);  an Adjudication Tribunal of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) in a Decision dated December 5, 2016 found Mr. Rice guilty of conduct deserving of sanction pursuant to the Act, in particular, 23 (c) (i) of the Act, professional misconduct by engaging in a personal relationship with a client; by disclosing confidential information; and for failing to complete and document client assessments. The Tribunal ordered that Mr. Rice shall not be permitted to reapply for registration for five (5) years after the date of the written order and the following conditions or restrictions will be imposed on his registration: a program of counseling sessions to be completed before reapplying for registration; a number of courses related to boundaries and ethics to be successfully completed before reapplying for registration; a written reprimand which will remain on his registration file for a further five (5) years to be provided upon his reapplying for registration; supervision for a minimum of two (2) hours weekly for a period of two (2) years will be required upon his return to a social work position; and to pay the expenses of the Association arising out of the hearing to a maximum of $29,000.