This presentation will provide viewers with an update on education in Clinical Psychopharmacology and recent RxP legislative actions. The passage of an RxP law significantly advanced the field of psychology, as Illinois became the third state (after New Mexico and Louisiana), and the first northern, industrial state, to pass a prescriptive authority statute. Iowa (2016) and Idaho (2017) quickly followed Illinois’ passage. Presently there is legislation being presented in Florida, Hawaii, and Ohio, and legislative agendas being enacted in other states. The training model espoused in Illinois and Florida allows for predoctoral training in Clinical Psychopharmacology.
Recently, APA’s Council of Representatives approved an update of policies and curriculum related to psychopharmacology. The council adopted revised versions of three documents: The Model Education and Training Program in Psychopharmacology for Prescriptive Authority; The Designation Criteria for Education and Training programs in Psychopharmacology for Prescriptive Authority; and the Model Legislation for Prescriptive Authority. The revisions update APA’s 2009 documents. Major changes to the curriculum include adding the possibility of providing significantly more psychopharmacology training at the doctoral level, rather than the previous requirement that most of the training occur at the post-licensure/postdoctoral level. Taken together, these developments may result in substantive changes to the current models of education and training in Health Service Psychology.