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Counselor accused of false credentials free on bond; Feb. 7 hearing slated

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–A Brentwood, Tenn., man who claimed to be a psychiatrist but turned out to be a chiropractor with a lapsed license and a federal felony record remained free on $5,000 bond after a Dec. 20 court hearing.

Terrence Cain, 61, is charged with the unauthorized practice of a profession. He was arrested Dec. 2 following complaints made by a Franklin, Tenn., woman who accused Cain of posing as a psychiatrist and billing her for his services in 1998.

The woman said she first heard about Cain when she saw a brochure at Brentwood Baptist Church, where Cain was a member. According to The Tennessean, the woman was recommended to Cain by other church members who were unaware that Cain did not hold the professional credentials he claimed.

Cain had previously led seminars and given speeches at Brentwood Baptist Church. In addition, he spoke a lay leadership conference at Ridgecrest, a LifeWay Conference Center, in North Carolina in 1996.

Authorities also said Cain took part in the National Sunday School Leadership Training conference in August 1996 as a psychologist addressing a crowd of several hundred church workers.

Brentwood Baptist Church officials told Baptist Press they would not comment on Cain or his relationship with the church due to the pending litigation.

In 1986 in Missouri, Cain was convicted for billing insurance companies as a psychologist through the U.S. mail. He was sentenced to five years probation. The Tennessean also reported that Cain’s chiropractor license had expired.

He is scheduled to appear in Williamson County (Tenn.) Superior Court on Feb. 7.

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