In Opposition to Prescription Privileges for Psychologists

by William J. Matthews, Ph.D.

Over the last number of years there has been an increasing demand by many clinical psychologists for the right to prescribe psychotropic medications as a part of their clinical treatment. A typical argument in favor of prescription privileges takes the form of, “I am fully capable of understanding the effects of these medications and being able to prescribe will only enhance the effectiveness of my work with patients.”

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