Prescribing psychology is a relatively new field. However, psychologists who complete rigorous training regarding medications may currently prescribe in New Mexico, Louisiana, Illinois, Iowa, Idaho, Puerto Rico, the US Military, and the Indian Health Service. These websites provide additional information about the credential.
How do we compare?
A recent study out of Harvard compared content knowledge between prescribing psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychiatric nurse practitioners. Among these three groups, there was no statistically significant difference between them.
In addition to obtaining a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Dr. Williams has completed a post-doctoral master’s degree that focuses on psychopharmacology. As a result, she has a technical understanding of psychological diagnosis, the treatment effects and implications of psychotherapy, and the benefits and limitations of psychiatric medications.
What does MP stand for?
Medical Psychologist, which is the "new" term describing a prescribing psychologist.
Continuing Education Training
Dr. Williams has provided continuing education for mental health professionals through PESI. The training program below is available for purchase in DVD and CD formats. It provides around 12 hours of CEU credit, depending on your profession. The target audience includes counselors, psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, case managers, marriage & family therapists, addiction counselors, nurses, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, pharmacists, school psychologists, other mental health professionals.