Information about Psychological Services Provided by Dr. Woody Childress Overview Appointments Psychological services include a wide Appointments for services are usually range of services. Consultation, therapy, scheduled during the evenings or and psychological assessments (including weekends so that the student will not miss Independent Educational Evaluations) are school. In the case of an Independent the most common services provided by Dr. Educational Evaluation, a teacher will Childress. usually be interviewed by phone or in person. When appropriate, the student This information is provided to the client will be observed at school. In some to help communicate some important situations, the evaluation may be details about the therapist/client conducted at the school facility. relationship. Dr. Childress encourages clients to ask questions for clarification or Cancellation of missed appointments to obtain more information. The client (or parents or guardians when appropriate) is responsible for keeping the Confidentiality scheduled appointment. If the When therapy is provided, there is a appointment needs to be canceled or confidential relationship between the rescheduled, then 24-hours notice is client and psychologist. The two requested. If the client (or parent or exceptions are; (1) when the client is a guardian when appropriate) does not give danger to self or others and (2) when there prior notice and does not show up for the is evidence of child abuse. appointment, then the client (or parent or guardian when appropriate) will be When a psychological assessment or expected to pay for one-half hour of Independent Educational Evaluation is professional services. If the client (or conducted, any information provided is parent or guardian when appropriate) subject to being included in the written does not appear at the appointment site report. The client (or parent or guardian within 30-minutes of the time scheduled when appropriate) must provide a written for the appointment, then the session will release before the psychologist can release be considered a “no show”. the report. Emergencies When psychological consultation is provided, the psychologist will often share In case of an emergency where the client information about the client with the is a danger to self or others, call 911 for consultee. The client (or parent or assistance. If the client may need guardian when appropriate) must provide hospitalization, contact your HMO or authorization before the psychologist can insurance company or tax supported provide information during consultation. hospital (John Peter Smith hospital in Tarrant County and Parkland Hospital in Dallas County). Dr. Childress does not provide Emergency coverage. If you need a psychologist who has the resources to cover emergencies, please ask Dr. Childress to help refer you to an agency or Expert testimony in court, a due-process professional who is equipped to handle hearing or a deposition is billed from the emergencies. time the psychologist is requested to be available until the time released. All time Duration of Services related directly to the case will be billed. Services will begin when the client (or Phone calls longer than 5 minutes will be parent or guardian when appropriate) billed, including the initial 5 minutes. agrees to the terms of this contract and Travel to a location more than 10 miles will end when the psychologist from downtown Fort Worth will be billed recommends terminating the services or on the basis of mileage rather than time. refers the client to another provider. In rare cases, the Dr. Childress will file an Payment of Professional Services Rendered insurance claim for the client. Since filing Payment of psychological services is the insurance claims is a very time consuming responsibility of he client (or parent or process, Dr. Childress offers a 20% guardian when appropriate). For several discount to any client who pays at the reasons, Dr. Childress has chosen to not time services are rendered. In cases of join any HMO’s. In most cases, the client extreme financial hardship, Dr. Childress pays for services provided by Dr. may waive a portion of the client’s fee if Childress when the service is provided. In evidence of financial hardship is provided. the case of an Independent Educational Evaluation, the student’s school district is Follow-up services responsible for payment only when the Dr. Childress can be reached at (817)731- district agrees in advance to contract for 2468 for follow-up services. services. Services are typically billed on an hourly Training, certification and licenses basis. Assessment involves the time spent Dr. Childress completed a in Ph.D. in conducting the evaluation as well as time Educational/School Psychology from the spent scoring and interpreting the tests University of Texas at Austin. He has an and writing and editing the written M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the report. These services are billed on the Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology basis of a 60-minute hour for all services and a B.A. in Psychology from the involved in the assessment. University of Houston. He is licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Therapy is typically billed as a 50-minute Psychologists as a Licensed Psychologist hour. The remaining 10 minutes of the and as a Licensed Specialist in School hour are spent completing notes and other Psychology. (The TSBEP can be reached paperwork related to the case. at (512)305-7700.) Dr. Childress is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist Consultation is billed for the time and is listed in the National Register of required for the case. This includes time Health Service Providers in Psychology. spent reviewing records, collecting information and writing reports.
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