Wednesday, May 22

2:00-3:00 PM ET

Psychopharmacology Training and Legislation Update

Drs. Beth Rom-Rymer and Gerardo Rodriguez-Menendez
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This webinar is open to the public and available at no charge.

About the Webinar

This presentation will provide viewers with an update on education in Clinical Psychopharmacology and recent RxP legislative actions. The passage of an RxP law significantly advanced the field of psychology, as Illinois became the third state (after New Mexico and Louisiana), and the first northern, industrial state, to pass a prescriptive authority statute. Iowa (2016) and Idaho (2017) quickly followed Illinois’ passage. Presently there is legislation being presented in Florida, Hawaii, and Ohio, and legislative agendas being enacted in other states. The training model espoused in Illinois and Florida allows for predoctoral training in Clinical Psychopharmacology.

Recently, APA’s Council of Representatives approved an update of policies and curriculum related to psychopharmacology. The council adopted revised versions of three documents: The Model Education and Training Program in Psychopharmacology for Prescriptive Authority; The Designation Criteria for Education and Training programs in Psychopharmacology for Prescriptive Authority; and the Model Legislation for Prescriptive Authority. The revisions update APA’s 2009 documents. Major changes to the curriculum include adding the possibility of providing significantly more psychopharmacology training at the doctoral level, rather than the previous requirement that most of the training occur at the post-licensure/postdoctoral level. Taken together, these developments may result in substantive changes to the current models of education and training in Health Service Psychology.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email. All attendees will earn one (1) CE credit upon successful completion of the webinar and evaluation. A recording of the webinar presentation will be available for to National Register members and Canadian Register members on the week following the conclusion of the live session. This recording is available for CE credit to those unable to attend the live webinar. A publicly archived version will also be posted on, but will not be eligible for CE credit.

CE Information

1 CE Credit, Instructional Level: Intermediate

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the basic requirements for prescriptive authority licensure in Illinois and apply advocate strategies for prescriptive authority legislation throughout the country.
  2. Analyze the education of Health Service psychologists who have MSCP education and training.
  3. Compare various state licensing laws for prescribing psychologists.
About the Presenters

Beth Rom-Rymer, PhD, is a past president of the Illinois Psychological Association. She led the Illinois statewide, grassroots movement to successful passage of Prescriptive Authority legislation in 2014. She is leading Illinois psychologists to lobby the State Legislature in 2019 for a removal of constraints from the 2014 legislation; consulting with State Psychological Associations for Prescriptive Authority; and writing a book on the impact of the Prescribing Psychologist Movement on the national healthcare crisis. Dr. Rom-Rymer is the Chair of The APA Council Leadership Team and a member of the APA Board of Directors. 

Gerardo Rodriguez-Menendez, PhD, ABPP, MSCP, is the Department Chair of Clinical Psychopharmacology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He is a licensed psychologist in Florida, a Board Certified Psychologist with the American Board of Professional Psychology, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology. Apart from psychopharmacology, he also has specialties in neuropsychology and pediatric psychology. He previously held physician privileges with Memorial Regional Hospital and Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital in Hollywood Florida, Level 1 Neurosurgical Trauma Centers. Dr. Rodriguez is a frequent presenter at conferences across the country. He has published his research in both English and Spanish.

Time Zone

The webinar will take place from 2:00–3:00pm Eastern Time. Please make the proper time zone conversion to determine the start time in your city.

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