Psychologists have always been leaders in the provision of quality mental and behavioral healthcare to their clients. As part of their commitment to continuity of care, psychologists are increasingly working collaboratively with physicians surrounding the psychopharmacological treatment of the individuals they serve. In the next step in this process, psychologists have achieved prescriptive authority in several states and other settings. Preliminary evidence finds them to be safe and effective prescribers. It has even been suggested that psychologists have an ethical obligation to continue their training in psychopharmacology and the impact of biological factors on emotional disorders (Barnett & Neel, 2000).
The M.S. Program in Clinical Psychopharmacology was developed as a postdoctoral program for licensed psychologists in psychopharmacology to prepare for prescriptive authority. In fact, graduates of the program are currently prescribing in all settings where psychologists have achieved this authority, including Louisiana, New Mexico, the Indian Health Service, the Public Health Service, and the military. Whether psychologists choose to become better collaborators with other prescribing professionals or independent prescribers, the M.S. Program in Clinical Psychopharmacology offers the additional education and training necessary to achieve that goal. The program is dedicated to training psychologists in clinical psychopharmacology in a way that respects and builds on psychologists' traditional competencies in assessment and diagnosis, psychosocial intervention, and empirically based methods.
The M.S. Program in Clinical Psychopharmacology is an APA-designated program. APA designation means the program meets standards for preparing psychologists as prescribers set forth in APA's Designation Criteria for Postdoctoral Education and Training Programs in Psychopharmacology for Prescriptive Authority based on the APA Recommended Postdoctoral Education and Training Program in Psychopharmacology for Prescriptive Authority.
The program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).