Here’s a good illustration of Mr Jensen and his ilk… he’s a “psychologist” without a degree and a priest without a proper MDiv… in short, a flim-flam man (is he one of the Tea Party bloviators? Perspirin’ minds wanna know).
Gregory Jensen claims to be a “psychologist”… is he? Here’s a source for his CV:
Firstly, what’s a psychologist? Here’s some information from Wikipedia:
Outside of government and academia, a professional in the US or Canada must also hold a psychology license to either practise psychology or use the title “psychologist”. Currently, all (State) jurisdictions have laws that limit the use of the term “psychologist” to those who are licensed or who are specifically exempt, as in an exempt setting.
Full membership with the American Psychological Association in the United States and Canada requires doctoral training, whereas associate membership requires at least two years of postgraduate studies in psychology or approved related discipline. The minimal requirement for full membership can be waived in certain circumstances where there is evidence that significant contribution or performance in the field of psychology has been made.
According to his CV, Mr Jensen’s only formal academic background in psychology is a BA, which isn’t sufficient for professional certification and incardination. To reiterate, Mr Jensen lacks a graduate degree in psychology, which is required for licensure as a clinical psychologist. He also lacks any stated clinical internship, which correspondents assure me is necessary in this field. That is to say, Mr Jensen must withdraw immediately from any work in the OCA as a “psychologist”, as he lacks the requisite academic background, clinical experience, professional licensing, and membership in the relevant peer organisation (in this case, the American Psychological Association). I doubt that Mr Jensen’s claim to be a full member of the APA is valid… he lacks the minimum qualifications. I’m told that he’s probably an adjunct member, which isn’t the same thing at all… he’s probably in there as an “expert” in Christian counselling (again, his CV lacks the credentialisation necessary for full APA membership)
Another interesting wrinkle is that Mr Jensen lacks an MDiv, which is the usual professional degree for clergy in the USA and Canada. An MA in Theology lacks the pastoral and professional courses mandated for the issuance of the MDiv. Moreover, according to his CV, Mr Jensen has NO Orthodox seminary formation whatsoever. Furthermore, he did his MA work prior to his reception into the Orthodox Church. His PhD is under non-Orthodox auspices… he has NO academic background at any real Orthodox university/seminary (as Holy Cross in Brookline MA or PSTGU in Moscow). However, there is a very interesting note… for two years, 2001-03, he was an “adjunct instructor” at Shasta College in Redding CA. Redding CA is very close to Platina CA… that means that Mr Jensen probably hung out with the sodomite Gleb Podmoshensky’s scurvy lot at St Herman’s… Paffhausen did as well, so, that’s no stretch, is it? Interesting… Paffhausen refuses to come clean on his relationship with Podmoshensky, who has links to credible child abuse charges… so does Jensen. It does put a different spin on his screed of today, doesn’t it?
Lastly, Mr Jensen has no call to label himself a “scholar”… that implies that he’s a full-time faculty member at some sort of higher educational institution. He strikes out here, too… he’s not a Full Professor… he’s not an Assistant or Associate Professor… he’s not even an Instructor… all he’s ever been is adjunct faculty, which everyone knows is the lowest level of the academic food chain.
In short, Mr Jensen is a phoney all the way around… it’s like paying to see the Kentucky Derby and getting the Pittsburgh Pirate’s Pierogie Race instead. To be sure, the latter is a lotta fun… but it’s not the Kentucky Derby! I’d say to SM (you know who you are)… lodge a complaint with your professional association about this poseur… he’s making all of you look like shmidiots and fools. If this is the best that Paffhausen can come up with… pass me the jug, I need a hit… SM, take one too and pass it ‘round to the rest of the crowd, we all need a swallow of something good. God DO help us.
Wednesday 5 January 2011