LEGISLATIVE UPDATES WILL ALWAYS BE PUBLISHED IN PPR’s NEWSLETTER, “THE PRESCRIBER. “
The reality is that licensed psychologists will eventually be allowed, with proper pre or post-doctorate study, to prescribe psychopharmacological medicine in the course of their clinical practice. Already in existence since September 1991, is the U.S. Department of Defense’s pilot program Cutting Edge, which trains military psychologists for prescription privileges. (OF COURSE WE ALL KNOW THAT PPR PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN HELPING THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO OBTAIN THEIR PRESCRIBING PSYCHOLOGIST’S LICENSE TO PRESCRIBE MEDICATION)! NEW MEXICO WAS THE FIRST STATE TO PASS A PRESCRIBING LAW FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS. In the A.P.A. Monitor, 9-92 issue, then A.P.A. President Jack G. Wiggins, Jr., Ph.D., wrote an article entitled “Time is Ripe to Seek Prescription Authority”.
A PSYCHOLOGIST – CONGRESSMAN:
On January 5, 1993, one of the one hundred twenty three new members sworn into the 103rd Congress was the first psychologist elected to the U.S. Congress, Ted Strickland, Ph.D. of Ohio. (who was later elected Governor of Ohio,) He is on record as being strongly in favor of health care reform and increasing professional competition which reduces costs. More recently, The National Health Care law is supportive of broader mental health care.
Thirty two states currently allow Physician’s Assistants to prescribe. States allow optometrists and nurse practitioners to prescribe. And two States now allow Psychologists to prescribe.
Prescribing Psychologists’ Register believes that the time is more than right to have a national organization specifically devoted to serve as a voice for a large group of licensed psychologists to advance the cause of psychologists wanting to add the necessary additional skills and benefits of prescribing psychoactive medications in their practice.
DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMS:
Distance Learning (DVD) courses, and live seminars, are now offered to help you qualify to meet whatever legal requirements that might be established in the future.
PIONEER IN PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY TRAINING FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS!
As the FIRST prescription preparation training program for psychologists in psychopharmacology in the United States, trained Charter Listed Prescribing Psychologist Registrants who have completed our comprehensive psychopharmacological curriculum development training program, are accepted for the Board Certified, Diplomate-Fellow Psychopharmacology designation (FPPR) of the International College of Professional Psychology (ICPP). This Diplomate is awarded after completion of the first Seven Courses of the larger 450 hour course program! Our goal is to have 15,000 Charter Registered Prescribing Psychologists.