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There is often a complicated interaction between mental health issues and medical problems and treatments. In addition, the experiences of medical patients and their coping challenges vary considerably depending on their medical symptoms and the impact of their illness and treatment on their lives. The training programs and references below provide a solid foundation for psychologists and other mental health professionals to work knowledgeably and effectively with medical patients.

1.      Post-Doctoral Integrated Primary Care Certification

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Healthcare professionals — medicine, nursing, psychology, social work, counseling and others — are increasingly interested in preparing themselves for the healthcare system of the future. The Certificate Program in Integrated Primary Care (CPIPC), offered by Fairleigh Dickinson University, was developed specifically to help busy healthcare professionals achieve that preparation. Designed from the ground up to be distributed completely online, participation in the CPIPC can be designed around your schedule. At the same time, we establish a set of deadlines and competency demonstrations with the goal of moving you forward at a reasonable rate.  (Link)

You can also access the program flyer for information about the curriculum: (View or download flyer)

2.      Clinical Psychopharmacology Post-Doctoral MS Programs

The following programs offer the training necessary for qualified psychologists to obtain the MS in Clinical Psychopharmacology in preparation for prescriptive authority. Some of the programs provide the academic portion of the training online:

California School of Psychology/Alliant International University

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Nova Southwestern University Center for Psychological Studies (scroll down to page 4)

New Mexico State University/Southwestern Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy

3.      American Psychological Association

Education Directorate

The Directorate has compiled a list of doctoral, internship and postdoctoral programs that provide education and training in primary care psychology. The site also provides resources on core competencies for collaborative practice and recommendations for education and training in primary care psychology along with web resources, related reading and featured APA publications on the topic.  (Link)

APA Practice Organization 

This is a handout titled “Psychologists and Primary Care Providers:  How We Can Work Together” meant for physicians and their extenders that explains how psychologists can benefit their practice and patients.  (Link) 

APA Practice Central provides a range of resources on all aspects of prescriptive authority. 

(Link to prescriptive authority summary)
(Link to psychopharmacology references)

4.      Information resources for psychologists and other mental health professionals
         working with medical patients

A variety of resources are available for psychologists working with medical patients to help understand specific aspects of medical conditions and treatments associated with mental health issues. We have found that handbooks summarizing a variety of medical conditions and the mental health issues associated with them to be of great use for practitioners in primary care or specialty clinics. There are other resources beyond those we’ve listed, but we can recommend those below as being at a level suitable for psychologists.

General Integrated Medicine Texts


Handbook of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings: Evidence-Based Assessment and Intervention
Christine M. Hunter, Christopher L. Hunter, Rodger Kessler, Editors
Springer, 2014


The Primary Care Toolkit: Practical Resources for the Integrated Behavioral Health Provider
Larry James, William O’Donohue, Editors
Springer, 2009


Integrated Behavioral Healthcare: A Guide to Effective Intervention
William T. O’Donohue, Editor
Humanity Books, 2005


On Medical Illnesses and Terminology


Pathophysiology: The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults and Children (7th Edition)
Kathryn L. McCance, Sue E. Huethe, Editors
Mosby, 2013


Masquerading Symptoms: Uncovering Physical Illnesses the Present as Psychological Problems
Barbara Schildkrout
Wiley, 2014


Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (22nd Edition)
Donald Venes, Editor
F.A. Davis Company, 2013


On Medications


Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists (7th Edition)
John D. Preston, John H. O’Neal, Mary C. Talaga
New Harbinger Publications, 2013


Clinical Psychopharmacology for Psychologists
Mark Muse, Bret A. Moore, Editors
Wiley, 2012


2013 Delmar Nurse’s Drug Handbook (22nd Edition)
George R. Spratto, Adrienne L. Woods
Cengage Learning, 2012


Specialty Area References


Heart and Mind: The Practice of Cardiac Psychology (2nd Edition)
Robert Allan, Jeffrey Fisher, Editors
American Psychological Association, 2011


Sample Article and Chapter

We also thought it would be helpful to provide examples of our own clinical practice in health care settings.


Reducing the Risk of Heart Disease in Younger Women Using the Health At Every Size Approach to Weight Management
Laura A. Lees


Clinical Cardiac Psychology
From Clinical Handbook of Health Psychology: A Practical Guide to Effective Interventions
Hogrefe & Huber, 2004
Albert J. Bellg




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