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  • Psych eval Sex assault

    I recently received a conditional offer as a FF/Paramedic with a department and got scheduled for a psych eval.

    I went and everything seemed to be going fine. We got to the one on one and we were talking and things seemed to be going well. Finally, he asked me if I had ever been to therapy before. I answered truthfully and said yes. He asked my why and I told him I was assaulted. He kept probing and asking questions until he got me to admit that it had been a sexual assault. He then went on this whole spiel about how he was worried that people who had this happen may not be able to treat someone who is in the same situation, or be able to treat the perpetrator.

    I know I wont be able to find out what failed me, if I do fail, but my question is: If I have to do this over again at another department, do I lie? Should I just say I have never been to therapy? Because I never was diagnosed with anything, I never received medication, and Ive never been suicidal. I have already treated patients who were perpetrators and have been able to treat them exactly like a normal patient.
    I don't want to lie, but I cant change the past and make it disappear. So if I can never be hired because of this, should I just cover it up?

  • #2
    Email this gentleman with your question and see what he says


    You might be protected by hippa or Ada or something else, if you do not tell them


    • #3
      In my city, victims of sexual assault are a protected class and cannot be discriminated against in hiring decidions.

      It may or may not be against the law in your particular jurisdiction but it sure seems like they wouldn't want to go down that path. It's also possible that the individual questioning you is just not aware of the law or the agency's actual policies.

      If you get denied you should appeal and tell THEM the things you told US about already having treated both victims and perpetrators of sexual assault.

      Lastly, consult a lawyer. It seems just plain wrong to discriminate for such a reason.


      • #4
        For anyone interested, they didn't tell me why the job offer was rescinded, but it was. I didn't fail the physical, or background checks, and passed the CPAT. So the only thing left on the table was the psych. Unsure if it was because of what I stated in my original post or not. However, I do know I will not be mentioning that in any other psych exams.


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