Tuesday, November 27, 2012

James Malone, FAKE PhD, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

James Malone of Point Pleasant, NJ claims to have "completed an alternative doctoral degree program in Clinical Hypnotherapy through American Pacific University with a dissertation project on hypnosis for weight loss."

Readers of this blog know that American Pacific University is nothing more than a degree mill. However, it is interesting that he attempts to justify his fake degree by saying that it was an "alternative doctoral degree program." That's semantics for, "I gave my money to a degree mill and, maybe I wrote a paper, and then they mailed me a doctorate."
James is a proud member of the National Guild of Hypnotists.


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UPDATE
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James "Not A Doctor" Malone wrote to us today:


He wrote, "I do not use the title of Dr. or PhD, preferring to use no initials at all at this time. 
That's actually not true, James Malone. His photograph above clearly shows you using the initials, DCH or Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy, which does not exist (if it's not accredited, it does not exist). And of course, we dug a little further.

We found a YouTube video posted on May 22, 2012, which clearly reads, James Malone, DCH:

And then there is this stop-smoking publication that he offers on his website, clearly reading James Malone, DCH:
And then we found that he conned a tinnitus support group into thinking he is a doctor, Dr. James Malone.

And here's one whose title we feel is rather creepy: Can you Hypnotize Women? by James Malone, DCH (scroll down to the bottom of his post):


In his email, Mr. Malone wrote, "I do mention the alternative program I completed on my CV as it was not a "diploma mill," since considerable time and effort was involved. I follow current NGH recommendations and clearly identify it as an 'alternative program.' If they change that ethical standard at some point, I will gladly comply."

We are not the NGH. We're not even in the NGH. And we don't really care what the NGH has to say about your non-accredited, non-recognized "degree." In fact, if they acted with any degree of ethics, we wouldn't have much to write about, would we?

According to Employee Screen, a Diploma Mill (aka a degree mill) is an organization that awards academic degrees and diplomas with substandard or no academic study and without recognition by official educational accrediting bodies. The purchaser can then claim to hold an academic degree, and the organization is motivated by making a profit. These degrees are often awarded based on vaguely construed life experience. Some such organizations claim accreditation by non-recognized/unapproved accrediting bodies set up for the purposes of providing a veneer of authenticity."

Sounds a lot like "Dr." James Malone, a veneer of authenticity.
Guess what "institution" is listed a KNOWN DIPLOMA MILL? You got it! American Pacific University! Don't believe us? See for yourself at www.employeescreen.com/.../files/Rev2_Known_Diploma_Mills.pdf