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18/05/2012 21:26

California State Psychology Board Launches Psychiatric Probe of Activist Psychologist

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Janet C. Phelan
Activist Post

The California State Psychology Board has launched an action against a Northern California psychologist and advocate for the disabled, and has ordered the practitioner into a psychiatric evaluation or face revocation of his license.

In an unprecedented deviation from the Board's mandate to investigate consumer complaints, the Board has involved itself in what appears to be an employer/employee dispute.

Psychology Board employee Gina Bayless refused to go on the record as to why the Board has taken such an unusual stance in the matter of Dr. Robert Fettgather. The State Psychology Board, which is housed in the State Department of Consumer Affairs, has placed on its website a legal document mandating Fettgather into the evaluation but omits any names of or details about his accusers.

This reporter has obtained the names of the four former employees of Dr. Fettgather who have filed complaints against him. Bayless refused to confirm or deny that these were the complainants due to what she called “privacy issues.”

Dr. Fettgather, who has been licensed to practice psychology in the State of California for 22 years without a complaint being lodged against him, came under scrutiny by the Board following a series of events surrounding his advocacy for his disabled son, David. David was born with Down Syndrome.

According to Fettgather, David was prompted by Herman Kothe, a caseworker at Alta Regional Center, to “scribble on the signature line (he cannot provide informed consent) and signed his life away into care home exile.”


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