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When is a clinical psychologist not a clinical psychologist? When she’s Bettina Arndt

By David Futrelle

Bettina Arndt has had quite a week, so far. On Sunday, the Aussie Men’s Rights Activist and sometime-pedophile-defender was inexplicably awarded one of Australia’s highest honors for her alleged “services to gender equity,” sparking a massive outcry from feminists and others actually committed to equality.

Then yesterday the independent Australian media outlet New Matilda released the results of a longtime inquiry into her credentials, reporting that while she’s often portrayed in the Australian press as a “clinical psychologist” or even as Dr. Arndt, she is “not a doctor, has never obtained a PhD and nor, as it turns out, is she a psychologist or clinical psychologist.”

In an interview with New Matilda, as the publication reports, Arndt

strongly denied allegations she has ever sought to intentionally mislead people about her profession.

Despite these denials, a New Matilda investigation can reveal Ms Arndt has actively participated in the promotion of material which portrays her falsely as a psychologist, clinical psychologist and doctor.

These false descriptions have been widely reproduced across hundreds of articles, radio, and television interviews, as well as on Ms Arndt’s own official website, YouTube Channel, Facebook page. Ms Arndt has curated and distributed multiple videos and images where others have falsely described her title, without correction.

Indeed, as New Matilda points out, the back cover of the first edition of her own book The Sex Diaries, from 2009, identifies her as a “clinical psychologist” with “thirty-five years of experience as a sex therapist and psychologist,” which might help to explain just how this particular rumor got started.

In Australia it’s illegal to falsely claim to be a psychologist, an offense that can carry several years of jail time or a $60,000 fine.

When New Matilda asked why she didn’t bother to correct media outlets misrepresenting her credentials more often, she said:

You can’t start every interview by correcting your host. I mean I do sometimes. [I have done] many times. Many times. But I’ve done, I don’t know how many thousands of interviews in my life. When you have a two-minute television interview and I have an important message to say I’m not going to spend the first minute going through my qualifications, am I?

Actually, she could and should correct this sort of misrepresentation every time it happens. And if she doesn’t want to take up her precious airtime with a correction she could always speak to the media outlets before her interviews to ensure they identify her correctly.

The New Matilda piece also goes into some details on other controversies surrounding Arndt, such as her weird soft spot for pedophiles. It’s well worth reading in full.

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Naglfar
Naglfar
10 months ago

Bettina Arndt is not a psychologist? I’m shocked, shocked I tell you!

All joking aside, I’m hoping this finally gets her award retracted and she gets the appropriate penalty for her crime. Who knows how many patients she has harmed? I can at the very least say she has hurt men as a whole, not helped.

Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
10 months ago

Remember… “Nuh-UHHHH” is not a defense.

Gaebolga
Gaebolga
10 months ago

@Weird Eddie

Tell that to the Rethuglicans….

Katherine the Adequate
Katherine the Adequate
10 months ago

Sounds like Dr. Laura, the entertainer and physiologist who pretends she’s a psychologist. She’s also quite a misogynist.

JM
JM
10 months ago

I’m an Australian mental health worker. I’ve got a Bachelor degree in Art majoring in Psychology, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology. I do not introduce myself as a psychologist as I am not a psychologist, I’m a social worker. I tell people this whenever I meet them, and remind them if they refer to me as a Doctor or a Psychologist. I do this so they know what service they are receiving.

It’s not that hard

Victorious Parasol
10 months ago

Good grief. I’ve seen people correct an interviewer before right after the introduction. It’s usually done quite graciously: “Thank you, but I’m a (correct title), and that means I (thumbnail description of title/job).” I mean, that’s just what you DO. Realtors do this. So do dieticians. Heck, I’ve done it before when someone misheard my job title.

Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
10 months ago

BA may find that award to be less of a publicity coup and more of a publicity nightmare

Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
10 months ago

@ Gaebolga:

I always thought of them as rupugnican’ts… but repugnicans works, too

I’ve told them that “Nuh-UHHHH” is not a reasonable argument, nut they reply “Uh-HUH!! Everybody KNOWS”

Naglfar
Naglfar
10 months ago

@Weird Eddie, Gaebolga
The most accurate I’ve seen is rape-pugnicans, seeing how quick they are to be rape apologists.

Well, at the very least this has led to people finally looking at her credentials. To her, she probably thinks any publicity is good publicity, but now any google search of her name will bring up all the evidence against her.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

I’d love her to spend the beginning of her interviews going over her qualifications. Mainly because I don’t know what her qualifications are and I’m curious.

tim gueguen
10 months ago

You’d think she would have bought a diploma from some diploma mill to cover her tracks.

Bina
10 months ago

Jeebus, even JordyPete was at least a shitty one for a little while. This charlatan puts even HIM to shame.

Next, no doubt, we’ll be hearing that she molested one of her clients. (JordyPete certainly did.)

gijoel
gijoel
10 months ago

@JM But going to uni and doing all those course is hard. You might think that an essay on male pedophiles are the real victims would give you an A+ in developmental psychology, but you’d be wrong.

But the real victim here is Bettina. She’s had to face nasty journalist… BWHA-ha ha, she’s so fecked.

Crip Dyke
10 months ago

I have subtly shifted or omitted information about where I live and study to introduce some uncertainty should anyone ever try to connect my online ID with my offline ID, and as a result, when some people have made incorrect conclusions about, say, the city where I live I haven’t always corrected them. I’ve done that entirely from a desire to keep my promises about separating my online and offline selves for safety reasons, but I’ve NEVER wanted to communicate that I am actually some kind of person that I’m not. I’ve NEVER falsified my degrees or fields of study or expertise, even as Crip Dyke, much less as a human person doing professional work. And there’s NO FUCKING WAY I would let someone ascribe to me degrees or even self-taught expertise where I don’t have it. You just don’t do that.

And fuck if any author’s bio gets out there without the author knowing exactly what it says. She’s lying like a rug.

If she feels she’s a high profile figure that needs to fudge some things for safety or privacy reasons, more power to her. This can be a dangerous and fucked up world. But this is not that. Seriously. I think that holding yourself out as a clinical psychologist is as bad as or worse than pretending you’re a lawyer when you’re not.

gijoel
gijoel
10 months ago

@Bina that link leads to a home improvement website.

Crip Dyke
10 months ago

@gijoel:

Better link to the video (this one includes the time stamp) here.

Fixed link to the edit thread to which Bina intended to connect us is here.

DOCTOR Bettina Arndt PHD MBA BFA FRCS
DOCTOR Bettina Arndt PHD MBA BFA FRCS
10 months ago

I would like to apologize to everyone for misleading people into thinking I was a qualified clinical psychologist. I have no such qualifications and should only claim authority on topics that I actually have put in the work to understand.

Because I am actually an expert physicist and would like to assure everyone that the earth is totally flat! It only looks round because of an optical illusion caused by being to mean to the poor widdle pedophiles! And if we were just nicer to them this would release massive amounts of quantum energy, enough to power perpetual motion machines and faster then light travel, solving all of humanities problems. Trust me I know what I’m talking about I’m a scientist.

Naglfar
Naglfar
10 months ago

@tim gueguen

You’d think she would have bought a diploma from some diploma mill to cover her tracks.

She probably didn’t because IIRC in most countries outside North America there are much more stringent laws about such things.

Katamount
10 months ago

Times like this, I really feel for my mom. She’s a PhD child psychologist (like with a real degree from a real university) and has practiced for almost 40 years now along with doing work for the Ontario College of Psychologists.

Then to see charlatans like this and Stefan Molyneux parading around… just damages the profession.

Rabid Rabbit
Rabid Rabbit
10 months ago

My favorite detail from that article:

In 1973, she completed a Masters in Psychology at the University of NSW, although her thesis could not be located by UNSW’s library.

I don’t know quite why it makes me laugh so much, but it does.

Jenora Feuer
Jenora Feuer
10 months ago

@Rabid Rabbit:
When I got my Masters of Applied Sciences (a.k.a. Engineering) degree back in 1993, I think I had to get five copies made. One for me, one for my supervisor, one for the Department library, one for the University library, and one to be scanned to microfiche for the National Archives of Canada.

Nowadays that’s all done electronically, of course. But the point is that I would expect there to be multiple copies of the original thesis around to look up, even if you had to go through paper records. I can’t imagine Australia is all that different from Canada on that sort of thing. I can look up my name online at Libraries and Archives Canada and have the title of my thesis show up.

(Based on the article, I presume that she actually did finish her qualifications, it’s just that the University got sloppy in their filing somewhere.)

Naglfar
Naglfar
10 months ago

@Jenora Feuer
If we can’t find the thesis, what evidence do we have that she even did one? Knowing her willingness to lie about qualifications it seems within the realm of possibility that she would make this up.

gijoel
gijoel
10 months ago

Thanks Crip Dyke

gijoel
gijoel
10 months ago

And now there are calls for Betina’s AM to be stripped from her.

Naglfar
Naglfar
10 months ago

@gijoel
I’d be in favor of taking her honor. She clearly has no honor and deserves none.

Paireon
Paireon
10 months ago

Well, that’s a nice “gotcha!” moment. Couldn’t happen to a nicer person.

Now if only all the damage she was able to do by misrepresenting herself could be undone so easily…

Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy

Update: she’s being investigated by the health watchdog now – excellent news.

Nop
Nop
10 months ago

@tim gueguen: She has a degree, but she’s not registered & licensed (nor has she ever been, according to the registry body), so she can’t legally practice as, or claim to be a Clinical Psychologist. Also, she’s lying when she says she’s never claimed to be one, as it was on her CV until this all blew up in her face:
https://web.archive.org/web/20100703011015if_/http://www.bettinaarndt.com.au:80/docs/cv.pdf

Drdg
Drdg
10 months ago

When you have a two-minute television interview and I have an important message to say I’m not going to spend the first minute going through my qualifications, am I?

That’s a pure, distilled bs. Correcting someone of your credentials takes, what, 10 seconds at most?

I’ve been referred to as a Dr. before, when I’m not one (yet), and I’ve always rushed to correct that mistake instantly, while feeling a hint of embarrassment. Why the embarrassment? Because as someone who has been in academia for more than 10 years, titles like Dr. or Prof. have a distinct meaning for me, they’re not just fancy words that look good with your name. They carry a reference to your achievements and expertise.
My supervisor who was a professor for decades recently left teaching to focus on research. Now, generally everyone in my field know this very well, it’s just by habit people sometimes still call him “professor”. And he always takes time (meaning, a few seconds) to remind that he is not Prof. anymore and should be referred to as a Dr. and/or senior researcher.

Also, this case shows what a shitty job the committee of the Order of Australia did if this never came up prior her getting the award.

Bina
10 months ago

She’s being investigated???

Raven
Raven
9 months ago

The New Matilda piece also goes into some details on other controversies surrounding Arndt, such as her weird soft spot for pedophiles. It’s well worth reading in full.

Only if you want to throw up. Literally.

Would probably be too much to hope that this sickening creature will be jailed finally for her audacious con actions.
I just wonder whom she might have bribed to get this award. And if she hasn’t bribed anyone and the alternative nasty sexist stereotype clearly isn’t likely (even if it was as wide-spread as purported, who’d want to sleep with this repugnant old rag?) then I’d like to know just what exactly those responsible for this unfortunate choice had dropped when they made it.

P.S. David, you might want to correct the linked piece of yours stating she’s an sex therapist.