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CPA Webinar: “Prescriptive Authority for Psychologists: A Paradigm Shift in Behavioral Health”
Friday, July 15, 2022, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MDT
Category: CPA Webinar

CPA CE Webinar:

“Prescriptive Authority for Psychologists: A Paradigm Shift in Behavioral Health”
July 15, 2022
12 - 1PM MT

CPA Members: $35.00
Non-Members: $70.00


DescriptionSince the early 1990s, the prescriptive authority for psychologists (RxP) movement has been spreading across the United States and now, globally into countries such as South Africa, Taiwan, Brazil, Norway, and others. What started as a pilot project in the United States Department of Defense has become increasingly present in other federal systems, as well as in several state- and territory-level jurisdictions. RxP represents the potential to transform how psychologists interact with and treat their patients and begin a new paradigm in behavioral health at-large that truly works from a biopsychosocial model. In addition to the traditional and foundational psychological competencies of psychotherapy, psychological assessment, supervision, teaching, consultation, and management/administration, etc., RxP adds the ability to treat patients by prescribing or “un-prescribing” medication and ordering laboratory blood work and imaging studies. What has long been relegated to physicians and other “physical health” providers is now included in the education, training, and scope of practice of prescribing/medical psychologists in the jurisdictions in which they have the authority to practice. This presentation will provide a brief history and status update of the RxP movement, the common arguments for and against RxP, as well as outline the education and training involved in becoming a prescribing/medical psychologist.

CEs: 1.0 CE Available

Program LevelIntroductory

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe the history and current status of the RxP movement.
  • Explain the various education and training requirements to become a prescribing/medical psychologist.
  • Assess and critique the arguments for and against RxP.

Speaker: Derek C. Phillips, PsyD, MSCP, ABMP

Dr. Derek Phillips is a clinical neuropsychologist and prescribing psychologist in the Department of Neurology at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center (SBLHC) in Mattoon, Illinois. He is the 12th prescribing psychologist in Illinois. He has been Executive Director of the APA-designated MS program in clinical psychopharmacology at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) since 2020. Dr. Phillips obtained his doctorate in clinical psychology with a clinical neuropsychology concentration from Adler University in 2015. He then completed a predoctoral internship in clinical psychology and two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology. He obtained his postdoctoral MS in clinical psychopharmacology degree from FDU in 2019. Dr. Phillips then completed an 18-month residency in prescribing psychology at SBLHC. Dr. Phillips is Past President of the Society for Prescribing Psychology (Division 55), President of the Illinois Psychological Association, member of the APA RxP Designation Committee, and a Member-at-Large of the Illinois Association of Prescribing Psychologists Board of Directors. In 2020, he was awarded the Patrick H. DeLeon Prize for Outstanding Student Contribution to the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy by APA Division 55, the Society for Prescribing Psychology. In 2022, he received an APA Presidential Citation from APA President, Dr. Frank Worrell. 


The Colorado Psychological Association (CPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.