American TV self-help guru DR. PHIL MCGRAW facesÂ criminalÂ investigation by theÂ California Board of Psychology after offering his services without a licence.Â The unlicensed “Doctor”Â agreed toÂ treat Spears after she was committed to Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center following an apparent breakdown at her home on 4 January (08).
He thenÂ upset members of the pop star’s family by going public with his thoughts about Spears’ mental health and has come under fire from legitimateÂ DoctorsÂ forÂ exploiting the singer’s troubles.
California medical authorities received a complaint claiming MCGraw was practicing without a license the complaint states Dr. Phil is not licensed to practice psychology in California and Blogger Nations has learned he is in factÂ not licensedÂ to practice anywhere in the united sates and has notÂ held valid credentials in years.
Practicing without medical license is aÂ serious crime in California. He attempted on his showÂ to gloss over the lack ofÂ certification by claiming he simply retired from private practice years agoÂ and did not renew his license.
While “Doctor” McGrawÂ may have a degree authoritiesÂ in the medical community point outÂ to practice you must sit for examination boards in the state you wish to practice and maintain continuing educational credits once you do obtain aÂ license.
“Doctor” McGraw gives the impression he could simply “reactivate”Â Â his license with a phone callÂ if he so decided which is both misleading and considering the length of time elapsed since he did have a license it is doubtful heÂ could pass a board exam with out firstÂ attendingÂ a year or twoÂ of formalÂ courses to bring him up to date.
While it is always appropriate and customary for individuals who obtain doctorates in any discipline to use the title even if they do not practice or are retired. Courts and professional associations charged with regulating professions take aÂ very dim viewÂ of individuals who charge fees or attempt to represent themselves to the publicÂ as licensedÂ which would seem the caseÂ withÂ doctor Phil.
On top ofÂ allegationsÂ in the Spears incident, The good “Doctor” was recently forced to settle a multi-million dollar civil suite related to “diet” pillsÂ he was hawking.Â Â Â Â