Former opponent now favors RxP

In the March/April 2016 edition of The National Psychologist I wrote expressing ambivalence about the merits of prescribing privileges for psychologists (RxP). Events over the past several years have changed my opinion. I now fully support RxP. Here are some reasons why: *The percentage of psychiatrists who accept private non-capitated insurance is significantly lower than […]

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  • What have we learned from 30 years of school shootings?

    In May of 1988, a 30-year-old woman, Laurie Dann, walked into an elementary school in Winnetka, Ill., and opened fire with a handgun, killing an 8-year-old boy and wounding five other children before killing herself. The Winnetka case was the first school shooting to receive national and international media attention. Since then there has been […]

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  • The Upside of RxP for Psychology – A Reply

    In the last edition of The National Psychologist, David S. Doane, Ph.D., expressed his opinion that prescription privileges (RxP) would undermine the profession of psychology. We, the undersigned, all of whom participate on the statewide Prescription Privileges Committee of the Florida Psychological Association (FPA), would like to reply with our very different perspective. Doane begins […]

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  • The Downside of RxP for Psychology

    Prescriptive authority won’t be harmful to every practice of psychology, as the scope of services provided by psychologists is very broad, but it will be harmful for the practice of psychotherapy, and a main service of many psychology practices is treatment, or psychotherapy. For those practices, prescription authority will be a game changer, turning them […]

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  • RxP Training can be Profitable in Courtrooms

    Washington, D.C. – RxP psychologists can use their pharmacological knowledge to make money – at rates starting at $150 an hour – even in states that do not grant psychologists prescription authority. Robert M. Julien, M.D., Ph.D., spoke with the voice of experience as he outlined the lucrative field of forensic psychopharmacology for about 90 […]

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  • Psychologists should study uses of marijuana

    I am not aware of any ethical issues for psychologists that have arisen in reports on the increased legalization or medical use of marijuana. However, with medical marijuana legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia, I feel that psychologists in those jurisdictions have an ethical duty to be familiar with medical marijuana, including […]

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  • Cannabis Research Growing

    Denver – Chinese and other Asians began ingesting cannabis 12,000 years ago. It was brought to North America for the first time by the Spanish in the 1500s, and Jamestown settlers introduced hemp a short time later. But, it wasn’t until Ralph Mechoulam discovered THC in 1964 that researchers were given something to hang their […]

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  • RxP Battle: Prescriptive authority for psychologists may not be worth the cost

    Prescriptive authority for psychologists (RxP) has become a controversial topic. It is the focus of time and energy for many state psychological associations. The greatest challenge to RxP is opposition by physician groups, based on the perceived encroachment of professional psychology on psychiatry. Psychiatry has all but abandoned talk therapy, largely over reimbursement. The criterion […]

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