Complaint against psychologist critical of RCMP dismissed
College of psychologists rules Mike Webster's conduct within realm of professional discretion
The College of Psychologists of B.C. has dismissed an RCMP complaint against an outspoken critic of the force.
B.C.-based police psychologist Mike Webster was blacklisted by the Mounties last summer amid allegations he had no right to focus on systemic changes to the force rather than individual treatment.
Webster used to treat Mounties on medical leave after on-the-job conflicts. But last summer, his patients were told to find another doctor or pay for his sessions themselves.
The national police force then filed a formal complaint with the College of Psychologists of B.C., alleging Webster lacked objectivity and sound medical judgment by publicly criticizing the status quo and advocating for organizational change.
The RCMP also alleged Webster was practicing outside his areas of expertise by offering opinions about the structure of the force.
Webster maintained the RCMP was a toxic work environment and improving it would also improve the health of his clients.
In his response to the complaints, Webster told the college he based his advice on available public and academic data, his experience working with the force for more than 30 years and the basic police training he got at the RCMP academy.
The college of psychologists dismissed all of the RCMP’s allegations, saying Webster's conduct fell within the realm of professional discretion and judgment.
The RCMP has 30 days to appeal the decision.