I had my Telehealth course today and I was able to speak and consult with the instructor, a JD/Phd and forensic psychologist (criminal justice). I have an initial answer on my ability to consult with parents across jurisdictional boundaries.
Yes, to a limited degree.
I will limit my consultation with out-of-state parents to two sessions – not therapy. Both the instructor and I agree, I will explain. I will also be developing an information sheet and a separate informed consent form for a limited-scope Internet-mediated professional consultation. When I have these ready I will post them to my website and I will explain the scope of my professional online practice.
Following my initial consultation with the instructor for my course (a JD/PhD forensic psychologist in criminal justice), we agreed that I am allowed to offer an initial consultation (which I will define as limited to two sessions) across geographic jurisdictions for several reasons;
1.) I am not providing therapy in this initial consultation. I am finding out why the person wants to talk with me.
2.) I am a content-expert in an area of specific pathology that I describe in my book, Foundations. I am allowed to provide educational consultation about the pathology of my area of expertise, as described in my book.
3.) I am serving as an expert witness in cases involving the pathology I describe in my book Foundations, and parents may be wishing to discuss with me a possible consultation or expert testimony role in their court-involved family matter.
4.) I cannot know the reason for the consultation until after I have spoken to the person, so it is reasonable to provide at least one, and I will place a limit on two, consultation sessions.
Two initial consultation sessions are not therapy, and it will allow me to understand the origins for the person’s desire to speak with me, their request and needs, and for me to provide consultation on possible directions.
I will only be providing therapy to residents of California, but I can provide one or two initial consultation sessions across jurisdictions for the reasons cited above.
I cannot know why someone wants to speak with me until they speak with me.
If they want me to do therapy, then they must live in California or I will say, “no” – and then we may discuss alternative possible roles with the involved mental health professionals or as an expert witness in the legal matter.
I’ll have lots more to say on this in the days ahead. I will be developing both an information sheet describing my online consultation and online professional work, as well as a specific informed content that will describe the scope, purpose, and limitations of my online parent consultation.
So that’s for starters, I think that’s pretty good news. I still have all sorts of forms to create and I’ll be adding these forms to the Parents: Private Practice area of my website.
As soon as I have my forms in place and up on my website, I’ll post here and describe things. I’m going to be in cyberspace, stay tuned for more information.
And there’s more. That’s the opener. There’s more.
Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, PSY 18857