Continuing Education

Board Certification in Medical Psychology:  A specialist needs extensive training in Medical Psychology and therefore needs access to regularly updated information and skill building.  This site provides that for both Specialists in Medical Psychology, psychopharmacologists, health facility psychologists, and society members with interest in staying current and effective.

”’Medical psychology”’ is the application of  psychological and medical  principles to the practice of a post doctorally trained specialty, for both physical and mental disorders. A Medical Psychologist is a specialist who holds board certification in Medical Psychology from the American Board of Medical Psychology ( and approved by the national psychology practitioner association in psychology( A specialist in Medical Psychology holds a doctoral degree in one of the clinical specialties in psychology, has done post doctoral graduate or approved didactic training in biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences and physical disease with behavioral and lifestyle components, and has completed a supervised residency providing advanced clinical diagnoses, prescribing or collaborating on medication and psychological treatment interventions in a comprehensive treatment plan, and they have passed one of the acceptable national written examinations, and supplied reviewed work product, and passed an Oral Examination. Medical psychologists are prepared to provide leadership and active roles in primary care and specialty healthcare facilities or consultation services essential for these facilities. A psychopharmacologist is very different than a Medical Psychologist, though one state uses confusing language in it’s laws.

Note:  We are merging the NAPPP ( and AMP APA accreded CE program for basic training for qualifying for parts of the Medical Psychology Diplomate/Specialist.  Thus, we are in transition!  Here’s a not that helps you understand this transition that is communication among applicants and us: “The ABMP and NAPPP training systems are merging, and for now we are putting people through the NAPPP courses while I merge the best of that material with our material using our state of the art Moodle Education Online Training System.  As you can imagine, that is a major task and will take several months but will give us an ever improving and model training system that is moving toward partnering with an accredited graduate institute for graduate and not just CE credit (APA now).  We have initiated the first round of talks about graduate credit affiliation and we will move forward sometime in the next 12 months when we have merged the two systems.

For now, you will need to enroll, pay, and get clearance through Dr. Caccavale and that system before we can move forward with your mentoring and preceptorship enrollment with me and then we can place you in the Skype Friday Seminar that runs parallel to your courses.  I will be your contact for testing in each course, and will supply you with additional materials and bibliographies as your need and education progress.
You are entering in a dynamic, exciting, and depth Medical Psychology Training Program and residency/preceptorship that has both online, and face-to-face (Skype) components.  You will grow greatly in the next year and meet some of the top psychologists in the US.
We look forward to putting you in the second ongoing Friday Seminar Cohort (which is new and smaller than the first Friday cohort so that you newbies can get a lot of attention in the next 3 months.
Dr. Morris, Executive Director
AMP/NAPPP Medical Psychology Training Program

Go to the AMP CE Center:  for CE training (click on the left URL to enter our Moodle CE Center) The national practitioner’s association (National Alliance of Professional Providers in Psychology) in psychology ( ), one of our affiliated organizations has kindly offered the below CE courses relevant to our discipline.  The Academy of Medical Psychology has participated in professional conferences with NAPPP for years, and NAPPP has given special affiliate rates for our members in the past.  Over time the two organizations have decided to merge our Medical Psychology training program and preceptorship supervision for members of the two groups.  We appreciate their continued support of psychology practitioners and practice specialties! There are several continuing education courses available to members. Those who complete the required  courses will earn a certificate in basic psychopharmacology. Please email Dr. Jerry Morris (email: ) if you would like additional information on the courses. The following CE courses are some of the courses available:

  1. Introduction To Medical Psychology
  2. Medical Terminology
  3. Introduction To Pharmacotherapeutics
  4. Hospital Treatment of Aggressive Patients
  5. Basic Medical Science Courses
  6. Special Populations Treatment with Medical Psychology Courses
  7. Upon completion, each course awards 3 CE credit hours. Credit is awarded by NAPPP. NAPPP is an approved sponsor of continuing education for psychologists by the American Psychological Association. NAPPP retains responsibility for the course and its contents.

Core courses (CE with APA and AMP credits) to see courses in our approved Medical Psychology Certification Program which is one route to the educational requirements for Board Certification:  “click here“.  Recognizing that many licensed, experienced, and essential community resource doctors of psychology can not travel to post doctoral graduate training in essential elements such as psychopharmacology, and that such travel would result in lack of coverage in their facilities and communities (especially rural and inner city), AMP has devised a track of  courses, all taught by highly qualified Board Certified Medical Psychologists with teaching experience and many with some of the top science and healthcare service records in the world, that will aid in qualification and preparation for board certivication (on line coursework). We will establish additional CEs that meet the core requirements, and supplement them by adding specilized CEs such as subsntace abuse treatment, geropsych treatment, neuropsychological treatment, hypnoses and biofeedback and stress managment treatment, lifestyle counseling, the treatment of obesity, the treatment of hypertension, psychological and other non-medical pain management treatment, disease prevention, etc. Our aim is to assist future Medical Psychologists with another path to board certification!  This path does not replace or nullify the traditional path toward board certification (which includes either a post-graduate degree program, or a comprehensive CE program recognized by the Board.  It is simply another alternative.  All applicants for board certification will continue to have to sit for both the Oral and Written Examinations and to document a preceptorship or residency that is post doctoral and acceptable to the board.  All applicants for board certification should keep in mind that board certification in Medical Psychology subsumes Post Doctoral training in medical psychology, which includes and is not limited to psychopharmacology.  A medical psychologist is very different than a psychopharmacologist (proficiency and not a specialty). While many psychologists in the future will have some pre-doctoral basic science, psychopharmacology, health psychology, substance abuse, rehabilitation psychology, neuropsychology, and prevention courses-TRAINING IN THE SPECIALTY OF MEDICAL PSYCHOLOGY IS POST DOCTORAL AND AMPLIFIES DOCTORAL TRAINING AND CLINICAL EXPERIENCE! AMPNEWSLETTERLOGO1 The AMP, our newsletter is now available on this web site.  This newsletter will keep you up on the latest links to relevant science, advocacy, and organizational news relative to our specialty and interest area!  Submissions that are relevant to the membership and Diplomates (news, science, information about jobs, changes in state licensure, legislative and advocacy information, etc.) are welcome and should be sent to Dr. Jeff Cole at , or Dr. Ward Lawson at . PrintAMP List.serv (member email list-private).  AMP now has a private list.serv where members can share techinques, science links, practice news, personal information that allows a restricted group to know each other and link in professional projects, grants, and education.  To become a part of the list.serve you must be a Diplomate or AMP member of the interest group, and have paid up annual dues.  To access the list.serv, please contact Dr. Morris at or at . amparchiveslogosm AMP has a refereed professional journal that is essential to keeping our members and others in psychology and medical care informed about Integrated Care Practice and Collaborative Healthcare.  This Journal provides excellent information and continuing education for our members.  The Archives executive editor is national practitioner association board member (, AMP board member, former APA President and board member, and a doctor who has held most of the positions and honors in psychology-Dr. Jack Wiggins.  Authors may submit manuscripts for review to . 2013 to Now Legislation in the States: If anyone would like to thank Ken for his work on this or has any questions or comments, Ken’s email is <>.  Here is Ken Drude’s list telepsychology laws, rules, rulings, and opinions:  [begin Ken Drude’s list] State Psychology Board Telepsychology Laws/Regulations/Policies/Opinions Kenneth P. Drude, Ph.D. May 13, 2013

Statute and/or Rules Adopted
California California Telehealth Advancement Act of 2011,
Kentucky Statute KRS 319.140 (2000) at Telehealth and Telepsychology
Rule 201 KAR 26: 310 (2010) at
Georgia Practicing via Electronic Transmission rule Georgia administrative
rule 510-5-.07 (2) at
Idaho Idaho Code ? 54-2305-11 (passed in 2013) provides for establishing
telepsychology rules
Kansas KAR 102-1-19 requires license in state to practice psychology
regardless of person’s location
Iowa Becomes 4th State to Authorize Psychologist Prescribing:  see statute at , and description at , and at
Illinois Psychologist Prescribing Law:  Description- ,

(added by AMP)

102-1-19.   Services rendered to individuals located in this state.

Except as authorized by K.S.A. 74-5316, K.S.A 74-5344, and K.S.A. 74-5345, and amendments thereto, each person, regardless of the person’s location, who engages in either of the following activities shall be deemed to be engaged in the practice of psychology in this state and shall be required to have a license, issued by the board, to practice psychology as a licensed psychologist: (a) performs any act included in subsection (a) of K.S.A. 74-5302, and amendments thereto, on or for one or more individuals located in this state; or  (b) represents oneself to be a psychologist available to perform any act included in subsection (a) of K.S.A. 74-5302, and amendments thereto, on or for one or more individuals located in this state. (Authorized by K.S.A. 1999 Supp. 74-7507; implementing K.S.A. 74-5340; effective May 11, 2001.)

New Mexico New Mexico Administrative Code
NM Statutes Chp 61, Article 9,
Mississippi Code Ann. ? 73-31-3 (d)(7) and ? 73-31-14(3) practice of
psychology includes telecommunications
Montana Administrative Rule 24.189.301 definition of a “professional
relationship” includes telecommunications
24.189.607 includes teleconferencing
North Dakota Location of practice of an occupation or profession. North
Dakota Century Code (administrative rule) 43-51-02 at
Ohio Telepsychology Rules 2011 Ohio Administrative Code 4732-17-01 (I)
South Carolina Code Ann. ? 40-55-50 (C) requires psychology license to
provide services in the state including by telecommunications
Tennessee pending telepsychology bills introduced in 2013 Senate (1202) and
House of Representatives (HB 0965) to regulate telepsychology Summary of
bills at
Vermont Telepractice Statute 26 V.S.A. ? 3018 (1999) at
Rule 3.10 Telepractice at
Position Papers
New York – Engaging in Telepractice position paper at
Massachusetts – 2006 psychology board opinion regarding telepsychology (same
as NC opinion)
North Carolina Provision of Services Via Electronic Means, 2005 position
paper at
Virginia Baker (2010) states policy statement issued by Virginia Board of
Counseling used by the Virginia Board of Psychology regarding telehealth
Other (e.g. Case rulings, opinions, policies)
Colorado State Board of Psychology Examiners Policies ? 30-1 Teletherapy
Florida – case in January 2012 board approved Florida licensed psychologist
to provide telepsychology from Michigan to Florida at:
sandell westie”, board opinion June, 5, 2006 regarding requirement for
Florida license by Ohio psychologist in Florida and telepsycholoty to Ohio
citizen in Ohio
Louisiana – board opinion that psychologist must be licensed in La to
provide telepsychology, that the psychologist is expected to have had a face
to face relationship established previously (November 2010 Board minutes –
not online)
Texas – Telepractice Policy Statement, Newsletter of Texas State Board of
Examiners of Psychologists, Fall 1999, Vol. 12, No. 2, at
Wisconsin – board opinion in board web site FAQ section that
“…psychologists who are using teletherapy with Wisconsin residents must
have a license from the Wisconsin Psychology Examining Board.” At
Committees Looking at Telepsychology Regulation/Rules
Indiana – joint Telepsychology Task Force with state psychology association
and licensing board to develop telepsychology guidelines 2012 referenced in
board March 2012 newsletter at
IPA September 12, 2012 newsletter.
Reference: Baker, Deborah. (2010) Telehealth 50-State Review, chart American
Psychological Association,
Practice Directorate, Legal & Regulatory Affairs at
[end Ken Drude’s list]