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:  AMP and ABMP are not an APA approved continuing education sponsor.  We are offering several CE courses in a special clearly identified section of our web site in consultation and development with NAPPP ( and the NAPPP to offer a CE program for basic training for qualifying for parts of the Medical Psychology Diplomate/Specialist.    Arrangements to take one of the 3 CE credited courses in the joint NAPPP and AMP offerings at this web site will require that you contact NAPPP, the APA approved CE sponsor and they will arrange for the student to take the specific course through our affiliation.

AMP is not an approved APA CE sponsor.

Thus, ABMP is affiliated with and accepts the NAPPP courses and  Training System as one of the paths to amass the didactic training for board certification.  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.  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 (NAPPP,   the psychopharmacology courses and Certificate Program 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, or you can get your training in the VERITAS program, or one of the accredited post-doctorate master’s programs in psychopharmacology.   Contact Dr. Ward Lawson, ABMP Executive Director ( who will be your contact for liasoning with Dr. Caccavale and setting up your didact training and testing in each course, and we will supply you with additional materials and bibliographies as your need and education progress.  The NAPPP Psychopharmacology and Primary Care CE programs provide these are courses that are approved by the ABMP board as atisfying part of the required training for seeking Specialty Status in Medical Psychology.
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. Ward Lawson, 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 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.  Ward Lawson, Executive Director (, or Dr. Jerry Morris (email: ) if you would like additional information on other CE courses available free to Academy of Medical Psychology society members and Board Certified Medical Psychologist members. Non-members can take the courses for a fee.

The following CE courses are some of the courses available (remember, only several of these courses are done in affiliation with NAPPP CE sponsor, and you should check with NAPPP that maintains control of these specific courses if you wish to take a course that provides CE credit in affiliation with AMP and our Board Certified Instructors with the highest qualifications):

  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 in our system, and only clearly marked courses that are in affiliation with the affiliate NAPPP ( recieve NAPPP affiliate CE Credit. Credit is awarded by NAPPP as an approved sponsor of continuing education for psychologists. NAPPP retains responsibility for those few courses and their contents.

Remember:  There are two levels of AMP membership:  a. any licensed healthcare professional with an interest in participating in our free member CE center, list.serve and fellowship, newsletter, Journal and other publications, workshop events, advocacy efforts, and updates on the area of medical psychology, b. Board Certified Specialists in the Psychological Specialty of Medical Psychology (see below for the requirements for this second level of membership).

To become a board certified Specialist in Medical Psychology we have some of the highest standards for any specialty among the clinical specialties in psychology.  To qualify for Board Certification the Psychologist must complete the following:  a. have an active license to practice healthcare in the area of psychology in any state (without current restriction), b. complete one of three approved basic medical and pharmacological science programs approved by the board (a post doctoral accredited psychopharmacology of medical psychology master’s specialty degree, or the NAPPP CE Pharmacology Certificate Program, completion of the VERATAS Program), c. Completion of the Introduction to Medical Psychology CE course on our CE Center in order to provide the differentiating philosophy and approach of the Specialty (essential to pass the oral exam and work product requirements), d. complete a qualifying preceptorship/supervision or residency and provide documentation of hours and qualifications of the supervisor (see web site), e. file application for Board Certification and pay the application fee (see fees, required documentation, and proof of preceptorship/residency on this web site) for review of the credentials committee, f. once the credentials committee reviews and approves all the previous materials and qualifications the applicant can be approved for Candidate Status, g. The Candidate schedules, and pays the Oral Examination fee, an Oral Examination and is examined by 3 members of the examination committee (essay questions responded to on Skype/tele examination, or phone, or in person examination; approximately 1-2 hours), and submission of two work product assessments and treatment plan samples that are scored as a part of the examination and must show that the Candidate differentiates between the philosophy and skills of the Medical Psychologist and a clinical or psychopharmacologist, h. passage of a national written examination (we accept our online multiple choice and true-false objective examination, or the PEP, or the VERITAS national examinations at or above the 70th percentile.

We recognize 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 and ABMP 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 certification (online coursework). We will establish additional CEs that meet the core requirements, and supplement them by adding specilaized CEs such as substance abuse treatment, geropsych treatment, neuropsychological treatment, hypnoses and biofeedback and stress management 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 update their current knowledge and skills and to build toward 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.  We cooperate with other nationally recognized continuing education systems for advanced psychologist practitioners and those seeking specialization in Medical Psychology and recognice the NAPPP and VERITAS training systems and supplement them with our CE offerings and residency and preceptorship affilaites.  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 techniques, 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   or Dr. Ward Lawson 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 Dr. Ward Lawson, and several nationally known Board Certified Medical Psychologists.

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
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