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The Road to RxP - Education & Inspiration From Prescribing Psychologists Across the Country.
Thursday, July 14, 2022, 9:00 AM to Friday, July 15, 2022, 3:00 PM MDT
Category: CPA Webinar

CPA CE WEBINARS: The Road to RxP - Education & Inspiration From Prescribing Psychologists Across the Country.

Thursday, July 14 - Friday, July 15, 2022

CPA is delighted to host a two-day event dedicated to the Colorado Prescriptive Authority (CO RxP) initiative for psychologists with advanced education and training. We will learn from prescribing psychologists across the country about their experience as prescribing psychologists, the impact they are making in the community, and the current status of the RxP legislation in their states. This event offers 7 total CE credit approved by APA, and all proceeds will go towards hiring a lobbying team for the upcoming CO RxP legislation in 2023. Registration is open to both members and nonmembers, including students, for individual or both days of webinar trainings. There is a discount associated for those who choose to participate in both days of training. Please see rates below and don't forget to register!


Thursday & Friday (7 CEs Available):

CPA Members: $175.00

Non-Members: $225.00

Student CPA Members: $55.00

Thursday Only (4 CEs Available):

CPA Members: $110.00

Non-Members: $135.00

Student CPA Members: $40.00

Friday Only (3 CEs Available):

CPA Members: $85.00

Non-Members: $105.00

Student CPA Members: $25.00



Thursday, July 14:

9:00 - 10:00AM - From NYC to NM: The Development and Role of RxP Psychologists in Primary Care

Description: This presentation will provide an overview of the role of prescribing psychologists in the IHS and how their skill set naturally blended into primary care. This presentation will also examine some of the published research regarding how prescribing psychologists are viewed by primary care providers, as well as some studies that examined the outcome of having RxP legislation. Finally, this presentation will compare and contrast the training of prescribing psychologists vs. psychiatrists.

CEs: 1.0 CE Available
Program Level: Intermediate

Learning Objectives:

  • The audience will be able to describe the services that are provided by the Indian Health Services (IHS) as well as identify the IHS as a potential career opportunity for prescribing psychologists
  • The audience will be able to describe how having prescriptive authority amplifies existing clinical psychology skills to effectively practice in primary care
  • The audience will be able to identify the needs of primary care providers and how prescribing psychologists can collaborate in their practice
  • The audience will be able to analyze and utilize the findings from outcome data on RxP for legislative efforts
  • The audience will be able to identify the similarities and differences of training and practice orientation between prescribing psychologists and psychiatrists and how this impacts a common argument against RxP

Speaker: Robert Chang, PhD., MSCP, ABMP

Dr. Robert Chang is one of the pioneers in primary care prescribing medical psychology. He has 20 years of clinical practice, behavioral health program development and leadership experience. He specializes in helping under-served, culturally diverse populations in urban and rural areas. He has worked as a clinical and forensic psychologist in NYC and has extensive knowledge in integration of behavioral health services into outpatient medical settings. He received his post-doc in clinical psychopharmacology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and his doctorate in clinical-school psychology from Hofstra University. He holds a board certification from the American Board of Medical Psychology.

10:00 - 11:00AM - Primary Care Prescribing Psychology in an Army Medical Hospital

Description: This presentation briefly describes Dr. Shearer’s path to becoming a prescribing psychologist. The predominant focus of the presentation is to discuss the role of a prescribing psychologist in primary care settings and in a military service. Primary care providers’ ratings of prescribing psychologists, comparisons between different prescribers of psychotropic medications, and a model for prescribing psychologists in primary care will be discussed. Finally, a brief update of RxP legislative activities in Washington state will be provided.

CEs: 1.0 CE Available
Program Level: Introductory

Learning Objectives:

  • The participant will be able to list three areas in which primary care physicians have rated prescribing psychologists positively.
  • The participant will be able to identify at least two basic elements of a model for successfully embedding prescribing psychology in a primary care clinic.
  • The participant will be able to identify that both civilian and active duty prescribing psychologists can prescribe in all branches of the armed services.

Speaker: David Shearer, PhD, MSCP, ABMP

Since 2009 Dr. David Shearer has been a clinical and prescribing psychologist for the Department of the Army at Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC) in the state of Washington. He serves as a core faculty member and Director of Behavioral Sciences for the MAMC family medicine residency. Dr. Shearer is fully integrated into the family medicine clinics at MAMC as the primary psychopharmacological consultant and prescriber. In addition, he teaches a year-long psychopharmacology course to psychology doctoral interns as a faculty member of the Department of Behavioral Health at MAMC. He is the recipient of the Major Eduardo Caraveo National Service Award for contributions to the advancement of prescribing psychology and the Distinguished Contribution to the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy at the State Level Award from Division 55 of the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Shearer is the Chair of the Washington State Psychological Association Prescribing Psychology legislative taskforce. He is currently serving as President-Elect on APA’s Division 55 Board of Directors, is President-Elect for 2022, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the division’s official newsletter, The Tablet. He is an associate editor of psychopharmacology for the open access, international, peer-reviewed journal, npj Mental Health Research. Dr. Shearer teaches as an adjunct faculty member at Alliant International University and New Mexico State University in the psychopharmacology graduate programs. Dr. Shearer has appointments in the Department of Family Medicine as an assistant professor at the Uniformed University of Health Sciences and as a clinical instructor at the University of Washington. His research and professional interests include understanding and evaluating the combination of psychopharmacology and psychotherapy in the treatment of behavioral health disorders, prescribing psychology in primary care settings, teaching psychopharmacology to psychologists and allied health care providers, and the development of prescribing psychology in the military. He is the author of book chapters and professional articles on these topics and has presented at numerous national, regional and state conferences.

11:00AM - 12:00PM - From Davenport to Clarinda – The Travels of A Prescribing Psychologist in the Making.

Description: This presentation is an account of Ryan Ernst's (Psy.D., MSCP) personal experiences as a neuropsychologist who became the first psychologists in Iowa licensed to practice psychiatric medicine, as well as a veteran of multiple attempts of passing a RxP bill in Nebraska.

CEs: 1.0 CE Available
Program Level: Introductory

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the journey of my experience in obtaining prescription privileges.
  • Compare the expanded scope of practice as a prescribing psychologist/neuropsychologist to traditional roles.
  • Explain positive and problematic aspects of the Iowa RxP administrative law and regulations. Considerations for bill writing in other states.
  • Describe the experiences of RxP legislative efforts in Nebraska.

Speaker: Ryan C. Ernst, Psy.D., MSCP

I am a native Nebraskan and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) during the mid-1990s. From those days, I have fond memories of selling my student tickets to the Nebraska vs Colorado football games for what was then, the mighty high price of $100. What has happened to our football programs!! It was also in those days that I gained a passionate interest in psychopharmacology that was very much influenced by my mentor at the time, Dr. Matthew Nessetti. After completing graduate school at Nova Southeastern University, I returned to Nebraska where I have remained ever since.


12:00 - 12:30PM - Lunch Break

12:30 - 1:30PM - Pharmacogenomics 101: Intersection Between Science and Psychotherapy

Description: Understanding the impact medications are having on society is not well known. Pharmacogenetics alongside the benefits of Psychotherapy are opening the door to a new model of healthcare. This model helps people understand their unique genetics and make actionable changes with the support of a care network that helps them achieve better health outcomes.

CEs: 1.0 CE Available
Program Level: Introductory

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the history of pharmacogenetics as it progressed to pharmacogenomics.
  • Assess the benefits and limitations of expanding clinician education into pharmacogenomics alongside psychotherapy.
  • Identify ethically-sound, clinically indicated referrals to pharmacogenomics.
  • Understand the benefits of supportive client education, lifestyle assessment and integration of action items via multidisciplinary treatment teams for actionable whole-body health

Speakers: Javier Villa, Pharmacogenetic researcher in Pharmacodynamics and Pharmacokinetics MS, Lyndsey Ryan, MA, LPC, LAC, ACS

My passion for science has led me to be an energetic, tenacious, and passionate scientist. I have a Master's Degree in Toxicology, 8 years of experience in molecular biology, as well as extensive experience in lab techniques and data analysis. Being fluent in both English and Spanish, I have become very passionate about the barriers to health care we face in our modern society and this has allowed me to present complex topics in a clear and succinct manner. My career in technologies that benefit human health has led me to dive deep into the analytics of genetics, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals that can help people take charge of their health and receive better health outcomes.


My name is Lyndsey Ryan. I am passionate about what I do! I believe that there is no greater gift than connecting deeply with another person, and am privileged to do this every day. I am dedicated to helping people move through challenges, and into a life with greater vitality and meaning. I have had trained in advanced EMDR techniques to support people struggling with early childhood neglect and abuse, addictions, eating disorders, combat trauma, and self-harming behaviors. To better work with couples as they move through relationship, I have been studying through Level 2 of PACT, developed by Dr. Stan Tatkin. This work bridges an understanding of attachment style, neuroscience, and nervous system arousal. By bringing these areas into the session, we work to bring your relationships to a loving, secure-functioning place. My work is also strongly influenced through the research and instruction of Dr. Dan Seigel at the Mindsight Institute, alongside the somatic experiencing work of Dr. Peter Levine and via Internal Family Systems. Functional applications of genetics, nutrition, and “epinutrition” also inform my practice. I have studied in Seminar with the Boulder Association of Jungian Analysts to deepen my understanding of the unconscious, myth, and spirit. I am Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC) in Colorado. I have completed training and earned my ACS - Advanced Clinical Supervisor certification. I am also trained in EMDR level II, and Modified trauma and attachment protocol training programs. I am a Member of EMDRIA , International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and the American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), Rocky Mountain ACES, Counselors for Social Justice (CJS), and International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC). I graduated Naropa University with my Master of Arts in Contemplative Psychotherapy. I am also a third year Doctoral student of Clinical Psychology from Capella University.


Friday, July 15:

9:00 - 10:00AM - Twenty Years of Triumph in New Mexico: Prescriptive Authority 2002-2022

Description: This presentation will overview the steps that led to the successful passage of the first State law allowing properly trained psychologists to prescribe medication for their patients. The rights and responsibilities of prescribing psychologist will be presented. Several vignettes will be presented to highlight the New Mexico successes and future needs.

CEs: 1.0 CE Available
Program Level: Introductory

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the steps to become a prescribing psychologist (RxP) in New Mexico
  • Discuss critical legislative steps to pass a Psychologists' Prescriptive Authority Bill
  • Explain current types of RxP practice in New Mexico
  • Identify current triumphs and challenges for RxP

Speaker: Elaine S. LeVine, Ph.D, ABMP

Elaine S. LeVine, Ph.D, ABMP, is the first prescribing psychologist in New Mexico (which is the first state in the United States to grant prescriptive authority to properly trained psychologists). She specializes in individual and family psychotherapy and psychotropic management of mental disorders. She has been a tenured professor and adjunct faculty at New Mexico State University and has maintained a private practice for over 40 years. Dr LeVine has published three scholarly books and numerous journal articles on various aspects of human development, psychotherapy, and psychopharmacology. Her text in child psychotherapy, Listen to Our Children: Theory and Practice, was published in three editions. Evelyn’s Golden Leaf is her first publication written for children with the goals that it will delight and, also, offer helpful ideas for personal growth.

10:00 - 11:00AM - Marrying Didactic and Clinical Aspects of Clinical Psychopharmacology Training

Description: There are five active Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology (MSCP) Programs that have been approved by the American Psychological Association. Each has a unique training model. The Alliant MSCP program was the first established in the country and has evolved from being an on-ground program with several sites in California, Maryland and Louisiana to being fully online with physical assessment practicum training required for graduation. We have integrated didactic and clinical training so that students actively apply their learning in biochemistry, pathophysiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, psychopharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics. The Psychopharmacology Examination for Psychologists (PEP) exam is required in all jurisdictions that allow appropriately trained psychologists to prescribe. Integration of PEP requirements into MSCP training will be discussed.

CEs: 1.0 CE Available
Program Level: Introductory

Learning Objectives:

  • List the five currently active Clinical Psychopharmacology programs that have been approved by APA
  • Explain how Clinical Psychopharmacology training contributes to improved patient care and inter-professional communication about patient care
  • Discuss cases in which Clinical Psychopharmacology advances the recognition and avoidance of drug-drug interactions
  • Recognize how cultural and genomic factors affect successful pharmacotherapeutic outcomes for patients with mental health disorders.
  • Distinguish between medical and biopsychosocial approaches to patients receiving pharmacotherapy for comorbid conditions

Speaker: Judi Steinman

Dr. Steinman is the Past President of APA’s Society for Prescribing Psychology (Division 55) for both 2020 and 2021. She has been the director of the CSPP-Alliant International University’s Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology (MSCP) program since 2017. Dr. Steinman serves as chair of the Division 55 Training Program Director Council and is a member of the Diversity, Research, Bylaws and Membership Councils and Committees. She was a coordinator and co-author of the Division’s Specialty Petition to APA’s CRSPPP, allowing Clinical Psychopharmacology to be recognized as a specialty and laying the path towards Board Certification with ABPP. She also is the founding chair of Division 55’s Legislative and Social Action Committee. Dr. Steinman serves as chair of the Hawaiʻi Psychological Association’s RxP Sub-Committee and is actively engaged in efforts to bring prescriptive authority for qualified psychologists to Hawai`i and around the country. She moved to Florida in 2020 and continues to encourage psychologists to get engaged in social and legislative efforts to educate legislators about MSCP training and prescribing psychology. Dr. Steinman currently works with documentary film maker Darnell Walker to chronicle and identify the need for better mental health care around the US and in South Africa. Dr Steinman served as the Coordinator of the MSCP program at - of Hawai`i - Hilo’s Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy for seven years. Dr Steinman teaches Biochemistry, Pathophysiology and Research Methodology for Alliant and has taught the following courses as an Adjunct Instructor for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and UH Hilo Daniel K Inouye College of Pharmacy: Advanced Pathophysiology, Clinical Biochemistry & Neurochemistry, Pharmacology and Advanced Physical Assessment. Dr. Steinman conducts weekly online meetings for MSCP graduates to prepare for the APA’s PEP exam.

11:00AM - 12:00PM - Prescriptive Authority for Psychologists: A Paradigm Shift in Behavioral Health

Description: Since 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 Level: Introductory

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.

12:00 - 1:00PM - CPA Annual Meeting/Lunch

Register for the CPA Annual Meeting Here

In conjunction with the 2-Day RxP Event, CPA welcomes ALL CPA members to our Annual Meeting! CPA will be recognizing outgoing Board members, welcome new Board members, give the Dr. Sarah Burgamy APA Citizenship Award, and hear updates on the association's goals.

1:00 - 3:00PM - RxP Panel

CEs: 0 for RxP Panel

Description: Meet the first dozen prescribing psychologists (RxPs) from Illinois. Since the RxP bill passed in 2014, Illinois has been going through the most rigorous process to become a prescribing psychologist. The panel of IL RxPs will share their own journey to become RxP and discuss the current legislative status as they continue to advocate to serve the community.

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.