An unqualified counsellor has been told she should apologise after she asked one of her patients what he was going to use to stab his mum.
A new report into the incident, released by the Health and Disability Commissioner on Monday, explains how the incident resulted in police being called.
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The counsellor, identified as 'Mrs B', provided counselling services to an eight-year-old boy in 2017. The child was accompanied by his mother.
"The boy stated that he wanted to stab his mother," the report says.
Mrs B then enquired "what the boy was going to use to stab his mother".
According to the report, Mrs B made a comment about him using some nearby scissors.
Mrs B incited and aggravated the eight-year-old, which led to him reaching for the scissors. He subsequently needed to be restrained, the report says.
Because of her comments, the counsellor failed to "take steps to de-escalate the situation".
Mental Health Commissioner Kevin Allan found the counsellor breached the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights. He recommended the counsellor apologise to the boy and his mother.
"I encourage any counsellor to consider obtaining membership of a recognised professional counselling body to be able to access professional standards and support," he said.
The Commission did not say where in New Zealand the incident occurred.