Psychologists are finding themselves working collaboratively with physicians in addressing the mental health needs of their clients—including the use of medications in treating mental disorders. As a result, many states are taking steps to extend prescriptive authority to licensed psychologists that have received appropriate training.
In anticipation of state authorization, The Chicago School has partnered with the Illinois Psychology Association in developing the M.S. Clinical Psychopharmacology program.
The M.S. Clinical Psychopharmacology is a post-doctoral program that helps licensed or license-eligible clinical psychologists prepare for prescriptive authority. Increasing competencies in assessment, diagnosis, and intervention, this psychopharmacology program is designed to educate practitioners who wish to expand their scope of practice.
This 31-credit, psychopharmacology master’s program is aligned with the didactic curriculum of the 2009 American Psychological Association (APA) Recommended Postdoctoral Education and Training Program in Psychopharmacology.
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This course is designed to emphasize the concepts and structures of human clinical anatomy. Students will receive lecture and/or lab instruction providing clinical anatomy terminology with general concepts of the musculoskeletal system, the organ systems of the thoracic and abdominal cavities, the vascular system, the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. A description of the functional properties of each of these areas is also discussed. The course is designed to provide the psychopharmacology student with a clinical anatomy perspective which they can integrate into their basic science studies of physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry, neuroscience and clinical studies.
This course is designed to offer students in psychopharmacology a physiologic understanding of normal organ and system function and disease processes. Cellular physiology, immunology, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, endocrine physiology and hepatic and renal functions, as well as pertinent disorders in each area will be studied. Clinical cases will be presented throughout the course to highlight pathophysiological conditions and their interaction with mental and emotional functioning.
Application to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology program is open to any person with a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from a regionally accredited institution, and is licensed or eligible for licensure as a Clinical Psychologist, and who meets TCSPP entrance requirements.
The MS Clinical Psychopharmacology program is aligned with the didactic curriculum of the 2009 American Psychological Association (APA) Recommended Postdoctoral Education and Training Program in Psychopharmacology but is not an APA-designated program. A growing number of states are extending prescriptive authority to licensed clinical psychologists that have received additional education and training in psychopharmacology. States may choose to model their educational requirements for prescriptive authority on the APA recommended curriculum. In addition to coursework requirements, states may also require supervised clinical experience, a component that is not a part of the program at TCSPP. It is a student’s responsibility to research their state’s requirements should they wish to pursue prescriptive authority.
At this time there are two states where licensed psychologists can apply for prescriptive authority. The MS Clinical Psychopharmacology program meets the degree, program, and curriculum requirement for eligibility for licensure as a medical psychologist in Louisiana. In addition to educational requirements, candidates must possess an unrestricted license to practice psychology in the state and complete an application process which includes a fee, background check, and passage of a national exam in psychopharmacology. The MS Clinical Psychopharmacology program does not meet requirements for prescriptive authority in New Mexico.
Illinois, Idaho, and Iowa have passed laws that will allow for licensure of clinical psychologists for prescriptive authority but the states are currently drafting regulations to implement the laws. Without regulations in place, Illinois, Idaho, Iowa are not issuing licenses for prescriptive authority at this time. The MS Clinical Psychopharmacology program is aligned with the curriculum requirements for prescriptive authority in the Illinois Clinical Psychologist Licensing Act, as amended by SB2187. In the absence of regulations, The Chicago School cannot evaluate whether its program will meet all eventual requirements for prescriptive authority.
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