Professional Services

Updated May 18, 2024

Dr. Worthen provides consultation about psychological matters to attorneys, other psychologists, veterans legal representatives, and—in select cases—conducts Independent Psychological Exams (IPE) directly with veterans. | On this page:


Consultation for Attorneys

I offer consultation and IPE (Independent Psychological Examination) services to attorneys in disability insurance, personal injury, guardianship, and employment/labor law cases in North Carolina, Idaho, and Utah, where I am licensed, and in many other states. 

For other jurisdictions, i.e., states where I am not licensed to practice psychology, we would need to review the psychology licensing laws to determine if I can provide psychological services on a short-term, temporary basis. Most states have such provisions, but not all of them. 

To ascertain if I might be of assistance, book a complimentary 15-minute call (or Zoom meeting) with me.

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I offer consultation and IPE (Independent Psychological Examination) services for veterans and their legal representatives, i.e., veterans law attorneys and VA-accredited claims agents in most U.S. jurisdictions.

Specifically, if a veteran lives in a PSYPACT state, I can conduct an Independent Psychological Exam (IPE) via teleconference (video). 

PSYPACT is an interjurisdictional compact among 39 states, territories, and the District of Columbia.

On July 1st of 2024, the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT) will have 41 states with the addition of Vermont and South Dakota.

For consultation-only services, we would need to review the psychology licensing laws (statutes, regulations, board rules, case law) in your state to determine if I can provide psychological services (consultation) into your state on a short-term, temporary basis, without being licensed there.

Of course, this proviso does not apply to consultation-only services provided to attorneys and claim agents in North Carolina, Idaho, and Utah, the three states where I am licensed.

To ascertain if I might be of assistance, book a complimentary 15-minute call (or Zoom meeting) with me.

Schedule Appointment

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You might like my newsletter, Psychological Insights for Veterans Law Attorneys.

If you subscribe to the newsletter, I will send you a specially-prepared article for veterans law attorneys and VA-accredited claims agents as a "thank you" for subscribing. That article is titled, How to Challenge the Presumption of Competency for VA Mental Health Examiners.

 


Consultation for Psychologists

I also provide consultation to other psychologists regarding C&P exams (VA disability evaluations) but only if you are in a PSYPACT state (opens new window or tab)

To discuss if I might be of assistance, you can book a complimentary 15-minute call (or Zoom meeting) with me.

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Independent Psychological Exams with Veterans

I will conduct an IPE directly for a veteran, but only in select cases, which I explain on the Nexus Letters page.

For appeals cases, it is best (for the veteran) if the veteran is represented by an attorney or VA-accredited claims agent.

This is true because legal issues become increasingly important as you appeal up the ladder from Higher-Level Review (HLR), to Board of Veterans Appeals, to Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, etc.

I therefore encourage you to consult with your attorney or VA-accredited claims agent first about an IPE, and then you or your legal representative contact me.

I will conduct an IPE directly for a veteran, but only in select cases, and only if the veteran lives in a PSYPACT state.

Especially for original (initial) mental disorder claims, most veterans do not need an independent exam.

Go to → Nexus Letters for VA Claims to learn more.

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