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Couples counselor cited for inappropriate text messages to a client

By: - September 13, 2022 4:21 pm

The Iowa Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Professional Licensure handles administrative duties for 19 of the state’s professional licensing boards. (Photo illustration by Iowa Capital Dispatch)

A Cedar Falls couples counselor has been sanctioned by the state for making lewd or improper remarks to one of his clients.

According to the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science, Cory Wumkes, who holds a mental health counselor’s license in Iowa, was providing couples counseling when he made “inappropriate verbal comments” and sent inappropriate text messages to one of the clients.

As part of a settlement agreement with the board, Wumkes has agreed to have his license placed on probation for one year and agreed to complete a comprehensive “boundaries evaluation” with a psychologist or psychiatrist. The evaluation must address Wumkes’ ability to safely practice as a mental health counselor and must include any recommendations for ongoing treatment.

Wumkes also must complete, within 60 days, an instructional course on professional boundaries and ethics.

The Iowa Capital Dispatch was unable to reach Wumkes for comment.

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Clark Kauffman
Clark Kauffman

Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked during the past 30 years as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing. His 2004 series on prosecutorial misconduct in Iowa was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. From October 2018 through November 2019, Kauffman was an assistant ombudsman for the Iowa Office of Ombudsman, an agency that investigates citizens’ complaints of wrongdoing within state and local government agencies.