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Embattled therapist agrees to probation

Published February 22, 2008 1:49 am

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A therapist accused of unprofessional conduct - including imposing false memories on her relatives - entered into an agreement Tuesday with the state's Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.

Barbara Snow is voluntarily being placed on probation, according to a statement from her attorney, Elizabeth Bowman.

The state, meanwhile, has dropped its allegations that she imposed false memories and used leading questions during her sessions with relatives.

"In the end, Dr. Snow felt it was in her family's, clients' and former clients' best interests to enter into the stipulation by ending what promised to be protracted litigation," the statement said.

In January 2007, the division accused Snow of violating Utah codes of professional conduct and ethical principles defined by the National Association of Social Workers.

The disciplinary notice alleged Snow convinced a male relative he was sexually abused by his father. It also contended Snow convinced a female relative she was the victim of satanic abuse and military testing. When state investigators questioned Snow, she allegedly provided made-up notes about those sessions.

In the agreement, Snow admitted destroying a relative's computer equipment and adding two incorrect dates to her psychotherapy notes. The correct dates were located in other portions of the files, and the state ultimately did not find this to be unprofessional conduct.

Snow was involved in the prosecutions of a string of child sex abuse cases in the 1980s. One man she testified against was granted a new hearing after the Utah Supreme Court questioned her credibility. Another man's conviction was upheld.

lrosetta@sltrib.com