Youth suicide attempt suspends PDX psychologist

Debra 'Kali' Miller allegedly issued harmful therapy, misdiagnosed 12-year-old

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – An administrative law judge is reviewing the case of a Portland psychologist whose license was suspended after her 12-year-old client attempted suicide following treatment that included drinking milk from a baby bottle while sitting in his father’s lap.

The four-day hearing is closed to the public. The Oregon Board of Psychologist Examiners in March issued an emergency license suspension of Debra “Kali” Miller.

The board says Miller inaccurately diagnosed the child with Reactive Attachment Disorder and recommended potentially harmful therapy. It included confining the child in his room, having him urinate into a jar, and addressing his step mother using the term “Queen” before her first name.

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has warned about the dangers of physically coercive, scientifically unproved treatment techniques for RAD.

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