Mission and Milestones
Truly Integrative Professional Psychology
The Postdoctoral Master of Science Program in Clinical Psychopharmacology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University is dedicated to educating and training licensed psychologists in the scientific foundations and clinical applications of psychopharmacological therapies in the treatment of patients with mental and behavioral disorders. Emphasizing a Psychological Model of Pharmacotherapy, the program is committed to training psychologists to prescribe safely and effectively in states and Federal jurisdictions that allow psychologists to prescribe, and to enhance collaborative practice education and clinical skills for graduates who are not authorized to prescribe.
Consistent with the mission of the California School of Professional Psychology, the Psychopharmacology Program is committed to exhibiting the highest professional and ethical standards, fostering respect for human diversity, addressing the needs of individuals and organizations, and serving those who are underserved.
Dr. John Bolter, a CSPP Psychopharmacology program graduate and program director in Louisiana, writes the first prescription ever to be written by a state licensed psychologist.
We at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University are proud of having created the nation’s first and most successful Postdoctoral Master of Science Program in Clinical Psychopharmacology.
Since the program’s inception in 1998, our students and graduates, as well as state and national professional organizations, look to us as leaders in the field. Our major milestones include:
- We were selected by APA Division 18 (Psychologists in Public Service) to work with them in providing training in psychopharmacology for 100 public service psychologists across the United States.
- Over 500 psychologists in 40 states have graduated from or are currently enrolled in our program.
- Scholarships are available for psychologists providing services to Native Americans and for psychologists in developing countries.
This is an exciting time for psychologists who believe in the need to integrate biological and psychological treatments. Legislation to grant prescriptive authority to psychologists has been adopted in New Mexico and in Louisiana and is making significant progress in a number of other states. The Federal Government is authorizing psychologists to prescribe in an increasing number of settings.
What Our Students Say
My practice of psychology has changed. I am much more aware of an organ system pathology and as a result have made more referrals back to primary care doctors…(also) they have sent even more patients to me for consultation.
-Rob Roy Woodman, PhD
While some of our new professional activities are unmistakably medical in character, the term ‘medical’ in medical psychology is an adjective that modifies rather than defines who and what we are—psychologists.The opportunity to provide a broader range of therapeutic options certainly has not diminished my professional identity.
-James Quillin, PhD
Louisiana graduate and prescribing Medical Psychologist