Special Section on Proceedings of the Clinical Health Psychology Institute, August 2004
Prescribing non-psychopharmacological agents: A new potential role for psychologists in primary care settings and specialty clinics
Article first published online: 8 AUG 2006
Copyright © 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 62, Issue 10, pages 1213–1220, October 2006
How to Cite
Earles, J. E., James, L. C., Folen, R. A. (2006), Prescribing non-psychopharmacological agents: A new potential role for psychologists in primary care settings and specialty clinics. J. Clin. Psychol., 62: 1213–1220. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20304
- Issue published online: 5 SEP 2006
- Article first published online: 8 AUG 2006
At least 10 years have passed since the Department of Defense Psychopharmacology Demonstration Project graduated its first class of psychologists. All graduates of that program were credentialed to prescribe and the program received promising external reviews and audits. The profession has since moved well beyond the initial question, “Can and should psychologists prescribe?” posed over two decades ago. A number of professional schools and training institutions have implemented postdoctoral psychopharmacology training programs and over 20 states are actively pursuing legislative agendas. Given recent initiatives to provide health psychology services within the primary care arena, the authors introduce a new role in the scope of psychology's prescribing activities. They propose that psychopharmacological agents are not the only medications psychologists should be trained to prescribe and psychopharmacology training should include course work and supervision related to treatment within a primary care patient setting in addition to a traditional psychiatric one. The authors provide the rationale for primary care clinical health psychology training as the appropriate mechanism for psychopharmacology education and practice. Public health needs and epidemiological data provide the rationale for health psychologists additionally prescribing non-psychopharmacological agents. © 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Clin Psychol 62: 1213–1220, 2006.