This article is about the term demonic consultation.
Find out what it means in the following sections.
Definition of demonic consultation The definition of demonic consult is defined in section 9 of the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R) and is intended to assist practitioners in their work.
It defines consultation as an abnormal, inappropriate or harmful behaviour, or behaviour that has a strong or disturbing impact on the well-being of the person(s) being consulted.
It does not mean that the person seeking consultation has been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, nor does it imply that the practitioner will be able to diagnose the person.
This means that a practitioner may not diagnose someone with a mental disorder or diagnose them with psychopathy as they would a criminal offender.
Consultation may be considered to be abnormal, improper or harmful for the person involved if the behaviour or behaviour-type is a result of: a lack of empathy, fear or remorse for others; or the person’s behaviour has not been previously documented or documented in the medical record.
Consultations may also be considered abnormal, or improper, or not warranted because of the following factors: the person has been clinically diagnosed with psychopathology; and the person is not in a stable and satisfactory mental health situation.
Consultants should be aware that some people who are diagnosed with psychopathic pathology will not be able or willing to attend a consultation or be present for a psychopathic consultation.
Consultant qualifications The following requirements apply to the type of practice in which a practitioner engages in consultation, including whether they hold a Doctor of Psychology degree, a Psychology of Psychopathology degree, or a Masters of Public Health degree.
Consultancy practitioners must hold a full-time doctorate degree.
Psychopathic Consultants are required to hold a Psychopathic Doctor of Psychoanalysis (DPD) or a Psychopathy Specialist Degree (PSD) degree.
PSD degree holders must hold at least one Doctor of Social Psychology (DSSP) degree from an accredited psychology institution.
A PSD diploma is not required for a Psychopathologist degree.
A psychologist who is not a licensed psychologist may be required to have a psychopathy assessment.
The following information applies to the definition of consultation: the practitioner is acting as an advocate for or on behalf of a person or entity; and, the person or the entity has a significant need for consultation (see above).
If the person who is seeking consultation is the client or is a client of the practitioner, they must be present and have a right to be heard at the consultation (including a right of appeal).
Consultants must be able and willing to provide information about the client, the client’s circumstances, and the practitioner’s expertise.
Consultator credentials The following credentials are needed for a PSD, PSD or PSD Degree: a psychology degree from a recognised university or college; or, a professional or technical degree, including a doctorate, from a non-academic or non-clinical educational institution or a medical school accredited by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) or another recognised professional body; or a doctor of psychology degree or a psychologist degree from another accredited psychology university.
Psychopath Consultants do not have the professional or professional technical qualifications to be practising in the area of psychopathy and have to be trained by a qualified psychologist who has been accredited by an APS accredited psychology body.
They must meet all the following requirements: be able, in their own words, to assess and assess with the confidence of an expert; be able independently of a psychologist to determine what is relevant for the client and for their particular situation; be prepared to provide an assessment of the client for the purposes of determining what is appropriate and necessary; be willing to have their own professional assessment of whether they are capable of providing the consultation and providing that assessment; and have been trained by the professional psychologist to assess the client.
A Psychopathic consultant may only be able in their opinion to provide the following services: the provision of information on the client; the provision, and evaluation of, clinical information about clients and their conditions; and referral of the consultation to other professionals.
Psychopathy consultation and the referral of consultation to mental health professionals Psychopath consultation is not an optional service and should not be used as an excuse for not attending a consultation.
A person seeking psychiatric treatment for psychopathy should only seek the services of a professional counsellor if the client is not at risk of harming themselves or others.
A psychopathy consultation must include: a consultation with a psychologist, therapist, or other practitioner; and: a full psychiatric assessment, with the psychologist, psychologist, or therapist conducting the assessment, or with the professional counseller.
A referral from a mental health professional to the psychopathy consultant is a form of psychiatric referral.
Psychotherapists must be trained in counselling and referral to mental healthcare.
Consultators must meet the following standards: be trained to provide a psychotherapy assessment; be trained as an appropriate person to refer the client to a