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Accused physiotherapist consents to two-month suspension

Cowichan physiotherapist Campbell Crichton has been reprimanded by the College of Physical Therapists of B.C., and suspended from practicing for two months.

The complaint details published by the College of Physical Therapists, however, note Crichton has not admitted liability for any alleged wrongdoing, and disputes the allegations.

Crichton was charged in March with five counts of sexual assault involving five different female clients at Cowichan Physiotherapy between 1996 and 2009.

The alleged assaults involve various forms of inappropriate touching during physiotherapy treatments, police said at the time.

The College of Physical Therapists has also investigated the allegations and has announced Crichton consented to various terms despite disputing the accusations.

The terms include the two-month practice suspension effective May 1, and consenting to the continuation of practice restrictions that include having another adult present during all treatments of females, and notifying all female clients at the practice restrictions prior to their arrival at the clinic for scheduled appointments.

Crichton has also agreed to take a professional boundaries course approved by the college registrar, and provide a written report to the inquiry committee “demonstrating his insight into this issue.”

Registrar Brenda Hudson explained the course details what is appropriate and what is inappropriate in client-patient relationships.

“The professional boundary course is a course that is designed to make professionals aware of the boundaries that exist between a client and professional,” she said, adding most of these courses are online.

“Most of them are through the U.S.,” said Hudson. “Unfortunately there isn’t much in Canada, so what we do is have the individuals search the courses and then provide me with some

options, and then I will select the course according to length and content.”

The college itself has also published a brochure titled Where’s My Line? Professional Boundaries in a Therapeutic Relationship, which is available at www.cptbc.org.

 

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