Week 2 - WEEK 2 Current Controversies Prescription...

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WEEK 2
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Current Controversies
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Prescription Privileges Historically, prescribing has distinguished psychiatrists from psychologists However, in recent decades, clinical psychologists have actively pursued prescription privileges Psychiatrists are trained on the medical model Psychologists, not necessarily How will you understand the root of the problem with meds?
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Prescription Privileges Since 2002, two states have agreed to grant prescription privileges to appropriately trained psychologists New Mexico Louisiana Other states have considered similar legislation, and may pass it soon
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Prescription Privileges Why psychologists should prescribe: Shortage of psychiatrists Especially in rural areas Important factor in NM and LA decisions CPs more expert than primary care docs Other non-physicians have privileges Dentists, podiatrists, optometrists, and some nurses, among others “one-stop” shopping for clients Risk: having multiple providers consult could protect the client by requiring a second opinion
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Prescription Privileges Why psychologists should prescribe (continued): Professional autonomy Or is it medical envy? Why do CPs need medications to feel whole? Professional identification Confidence boost? Evolution of the profession One potential trajectory, not necessarily the next logical step Revenue for the profession Ahhh, now I get it!
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Prescription Privileges Why psychologists should not prescribe: Training issues Which courses? When? Taught by whom? Threats to psychotherapy Would medications replace talk therapy? Managed care ay pressure providers to prescribe Identity confusion Especially when only some prescribe Influence of pharmaceutical industry Liability
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Exercise Groups pharmaceutical companies group
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This note was uploaded on 02/05/2012 for the course PSY 334 taught by Professor Jasminemena during the Spring '11 term at Rhode Island.

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Week 2 - WEEK 2 Current Controversies Prescription...

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