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Am Psychol. 1996 Mar;51(3):207-12.

The case against prescription privileges for psychologists.

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Section of Psychology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, OH 44195, USA.


The right to prescribe psychoactive medications could have major effects on the practice of psychology, on its education and training, on the marketing of psychological services, and on the public's perception of the field. This article presents the case against psychologists pursuing prescription privileges, including discussion of several arguments advanced by proponents of prescription privileges. Although APA has endorsed the effort to secure prescriptive authority, there is no requirement that states actually change their licensing laws so that their psychologists can prescribe. The costs (and potential risks) involved in pursuing prescription privileges are discussed.

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