The revised 2019 standards for psychopharmacological training: Model education and training program in psychopharmacology for prescriptive authority.

Ronald T. Brown, Daniel J. Abrahamson, Deborah C. Baker, Rick A. Bevins, Catherine L. Grus, Marlin Hoover, Elaine S. LeVine, Alan J. Lincoln, Elaine Orabona Foster

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Abstract

The American Psychological Association (APA), under the oversight of the Board of Educational Affairs, and the Board of Professional Affairs, is responsible for the education and training of psychologists in prescriptive authority. All APA standards and guidelines are required by Association Rule 30–8.3 to be revised at least every 10 years. The standards for training psychologists in the safe and responsible practice of prescribing psychotropic medication have been recently updated (Model Education and Training Program in Psychopharmacology for Prescriptive Authority, APA, 2019). A departure from the 1996 and 2009 versions of that document is that training may now be conducted at the doctoral level; however, a postdoctoral supervised clinical fellowship can only occur after the attainment of licensure as a practicing psychologist. Two novel features of the 2019 revision are the use of a competency-based model of learning and assessment, and increased emphasis on supervised clinical experiences in physical assessment and medication management. By the time of completion of their fellowships, practicing psychologists are expected to have clinical competence in the measurement and interpretation of vital signs; neurological examination; therapeutic drug monitoring; systems of care; pharmacology; clinical pharmacology; psychopharmacological research; and finally, professional, ethical, and legal issues. The updated standards were approved as APA policy in February 2019. This article briefly reviews the revision process and highlights the updates made in the most recent version of the standards. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved)

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Psychologist
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • prescriptive authority
  • professional and training issues
  • psychopharmacology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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