Following Judge Baker, for 23 years Dr. Shore was on the staff of the National Institute of Mental Health and is the author of more than 200 publications. He is also a past president of the American Orthopsychiatric Association, an 80-year old membership association of mental health professionals concerned with mental health and social justice. In 1996 he was the recipient of the APA's Award for Distinguished Professional Contribution to Practice in the Public Sector. At 81, he is semi-retired but continuing to see a few patients.
Dr. Shore told us he did not know Ayres at Judge Baker, but that he had read about his arrest in the New York Times two years ago.
Dr. Shore was flabbergasted that we were even asking the question that is by now familiar to many of this blog's readers: Was any child psychiatrist or child psychologist ever trained or permitted to touch children in therapy at Judge Baker ?
"Never, never, never did you touch a child in therapy!" he said, forcefully. "It was very implicit. You didn't do physical exams. Period. You just didn't do it ! If the child at Judge Baker had a physical need to be examined, you got a pediatrician. Never would a child psychiatrist or psychologist do a medical exam on a child."
Dr. Shore impressed as being a man of strong convictions. We were even more pleased when he became the first Judge Baker-trained therapist we have spoken to who not only acknowledged the problem of pedophiles in the therapeutic and pediatric fields , but brought up the subject himself first:
"It's important that we clean up our profession," he said. "That Mel Levine case was horrible. If we don't clean it up ourselves, our profession will be in real trouble."
Here's our latest running tally of everyone at Judge Baker who has refuted Ayres:
Dr. Stanley Walzer; Dr. Joan Zilbach; Dr. Jacqueline Amati-Mehler; Dr. Dan Ditmore; Dr. Joseph Mullen; Dr. Lee Willer; Dr. Gordon Harper; Dr. Irving Hurwitz; Dr. Nicholas Verven; Dr. Milton Shore: Dr. Roger Bibace; Dr. Pauline Hahn; Judge Baker Department Chair Dr. William Beardslee and Judge Baker Chief Operating Officer Stephen Schaffer