The body that represents the province’s psychologists says a woman who misrepresented herself as a Registered Psychologist worked for two months at BC’s highest security mental hospital.
Earlier this week, the College of Psychologists of British Columbia took the unusual step of issuing a public notification that Nell Consiglio of West Vancouver had worked during October and November at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam, better known as Colony Farms.
In that time, the college says she “falsely identified herself as a Registered Psychologist in clinical records and other communications in the course of providing services to clients.”
Colony Farms is the facility where convicted child-killer Allan Schoenborn is housed. Schoenborn was found not criminally responsible on account of a mental disorder.
“To protect the public, the Board of the College of Psychologists of British Columbia has directed the issuance of this notice, to alert the public and potential clients and employers to the fact that Ms. Consiglio is not and has never been registered or entitled to work or practise as a Registered Psychologist in British Columbia.”
It remains unclear whether Consiglio had any contact with Schoenborn while employed at the facility.
The Provincial Health Services Authority would not provide anyone for an interview, but released a statement from Dr. Johann Brink, Vice President, Medical Affairs & Research, Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission confirming Consaglio had worked at the hospital.
“It is important to note she was employed as a counsellor, not as a psychologist, and did not provide psychological assessments. The individual is no longer employed at the hospital. Beyond that, we are unable to disclose further details.”
It says it can not discuss the matter in further detail because of privacy concerns.
Nell Consiglio could not return a request for comment.
None of the claims have been proven in court.