Prescriptive Authority for Psychologists: A History and Guide

Author(s): Morgan T. Sammons


This guide examines the struggle of psychologists to acquire the authority to prescribe psychotropic medications. The authors of each chapter, all psychologists at the forefront of the movement for prescriptive authority, recount the academic, political and organizational issues that must be addressed to make this expansion of psychological practice a reality. The book compares the history of the efforts of psychologists to acquire prescriptive authority with that of other healthcare professions, such as medical doctors, who, at the beginning of the 20th century, competed with nurses and pharmacists for the right to prescribe. The authors provide details on the structure of existing prescriptive training programmes as well as political strategies that advocates have used to advance legislation. It examines the future of prescriptive authority and how psychologists can integrate it into their treatment armamentarium to achieve the goal of becoming primary providers of behavioural healthcare services.


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The Politics and Pragmatics of Prescriptive Authority-Morgan T. Sammons; Early Efforts by Psychologists to Obtain Prescriptive Authority-Ronald E. Fox; Doubts About Prescribing-Laura S. Brown; Evolving Structures and Efforts in APA-Ruth U. Paige and Elizabeth A. Robinson; The Department of Defense Experiment: The Psychopharmacology Demonstration Project-Gregory B. Laskow and Dennis J. Grill; Experiences of a DoD Prescribing Psychologist: A Personal Account-Debra Lina Dunivin; Modern Training Programs-Ronald F. Levant, Judith E. N. Albino, Anita B. Brown, Samuel A. Feldman, Raymond A. Folen, Peggy Kaczmarek, Elaine S. Levine, Robert McGrath, Gloria D. Pickar, A. Eugene Shapiro, Steven R. Tulkin, and Cal VanderPlate; The Struggle in the States; Tommy T. Stigall, Raymond A. Folen, Charles A. Faltz, and Cal VanderPlate; Alliances With Consumers and Other Groups-Pat Gardner, and Linda Campbell; Psychopharmacology Examination for Psychologists Developed by the APA Practice Organization's College of Professional Psychology-Patricia M. Bricklin, and Janet Ciuccio; Prescribing Psychologists: The Future-Morgan T. Sammons, Ruth Ullmann Paige, and Ronald F. Levant

General Fields

  • : 9781557989772
  • : American Psychological Association
  • : American Psychological Association
  • : February 2003
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Morgan T. Sammons
  • : Hardback
  • : 616.891
  • : 288