“Medical psychology” was highlighted in 1924 by the German psychiatrist Ernest Kretschmer as a separate science. And also he created the first textbook on the title “Medical psychology”. In consequence of which were organized the departments and faculties for “Medical psychology” in the leading universities in Europe, which began releasing medical psychologists. (more…)

Academy of Medical Psychology Newsletter

ditor:  Jeff Cole, Ph.D, ABMP (drjeffdcole@gmail.com)

The AMP Newsletter is published under the direction of the Academy of Medical Psychology and contains information, events and articles of interest to our members.
Also, you can now join the AMP list serve by sending Dr. Morris you current email address at cmhcjerry@sbcglobal.net .  Many members change email addresses and don’t contact us.  Contact Dr. Morris at the email above if you wish to update your email address.

The Application and Supporting Documentation are the first step.

AMP Workshop prior to the Missouri Psychological Convention (June 2, Columbia MO, 4-8PM):  See Attached Brochure (Click Here!)

AMP Presentations at the NAPPP Convention (September, San Antonio, Tx; see http://www.nappp.org).


The AMP June 2016

The AMP: Aug 2015

The AMP:  March 2015

Click Here for the FlipBook version of The AMP: March 2015

The AMP:  Oct2014

Click Here for FlipBook version of The AMP Oct2014
June 2014

October 2013  issue of the AMP Newsletter

Aug 2011 issue of the AMP Newsletter

January 2012 Issue of the AMP Newsletter

April 2012 Issue of The AMP Newsletter

Sept 2012 Issure of The AMP Newsletter

March 2013 The AMP:  http://www.amphome.org/staff_education/NewsletterFeb13.pdf

Integrated Care Slides (the science and economics of the new ACA Law):  Click Here!

VA Policy Letter to Advocate for Access to Psychologists Services:  Click Here!

The AMP Letter to the Illinois House of Representatives Supporting RxP:

http://www.amphome.org/images/userfiles/File/Academy of Medical Psychology_PsycEXTRA Agreement.pdf

Canadian Medical Psychology Specialist publically recognized as “highly qualified and fitting into quality physical health system“:  Click Here for news release!

Policy Letter:  Institute of Medicine, Forum on Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Service-AMP Weighs In!  Click Here!

VA Policy Letter-June 2014:  Click Here!  Sample Letter Template for AMP Members to tweak for Congresspersons:  Click Here!

VA Policy Letter-February 2016 Click Here!

Proudly Wear your Ribbon:  If you have done the extensive specialized study required to become a specialist/Diplomate in Medical PsychologyBoardCertifiedRibbonIMG_0145and your are going to any national or regional workshop or educational event and want to wear your ABMP Ribbon proudly displaying support for our specialty, please contact our Executive Director at email: cmhcjerry@sbcglobal.net and you will have your ribbon mailed to you for events.

Do you know about Academy of Medical Psychology?

The Academy of Medical Psychology (AMP) is a membership organization for those who are interested or trained in medical psychology. AMP was founded in 1998 to provide a number of membership services, including continuing education, mentoring, recruitment of those wanting to become involved in medical psychology, and to promote research on the practice of medical psychology. The members of AMP are dedicated to advocating for and spreading the practice of Medical Psychology.

Medical Psychology: The practice of medical psychology involves an awareness of and training in medical, psychological, and social factors that inform a broad spectrum of services including psychological diagnosis, treatment, consulting about the use of psychotropic medications, and prescribing of psychotropic medication within the scope of the practice of the profession. For a more extensive definition of medical psychology, please read THIS Also, please see our coverage of medical psychology in WIKIPEDIA

Continuing Education

Go to the AMP CE Center:  http://www.amphome.org/cecenter  for CE training.

The national practitioner’s association (National Alliance of Professional Providers in Psychology) in psychology (http://www.nappp.org ), 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: cmhjerry@sbcglobal.net ) 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!

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 drjeffdcole@gmail.com , or Dr. Ward Lawson atozarkscare@yahoo.com .

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 atcmhcjerry@sbcglobal.net or at cmhc.nmh.jmorris@gmail.com .

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 (http://www.nappp.org), 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 drjackwiggins@cox.net .

2013 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 <kdrude@yahoo.com>.  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
http://www.lrc.ky.gov/krs/319-00/140.PDF 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

(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]

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