Originally Posted by 4410
In Louisiana where Medical Psychologists may prescribe psychotropic medications and they are now licensed under both the psychology and the medical boards. Licensed Professional Counselors in Louisiana are now in the process of gaining prescription privileges with a similar intent on being licensed under the Medical Board of Examiners.
In many States the Medical Board covers such sub specialties as:
Podiatric Medical Examiners
Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselors
Professions regulated by the Board:
- Medical Doctors (MD)
- Osteopathic Doctors (DO)
- Chiropractic Doctors (DC)
- Podiatric Doctors (DPM)
- Physician Assistants (PA)
- Physical Therapists (PT)
- Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA)
- Occupational Therapists (OT)
- Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA)
- Respiratory Therapists (RT)
- Athletic Trainers (AT)
- Naturopathic Doctors (ND)
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- Radiologic Technologists (LRT)
Since the Louisiana Medical Board now regulates Medical Psychologists and there is a splintering of Medical Psychologists versus Psychologists with different boards and different associations will other States follow a similar path
? Will Therapy become a medical sub specialty since there are empirical studies showing differences in EEG's wave lengths and fMRI empirical studies indicating that therapy changes brain processes and functional brain images. Will we be writing out prescriptions for CBT therapy weekly for the next ten weeks similar to how PT, OT, and SLP interventions are authorized for rehabilitation of injuries. Neuropsychologists in hospital settings are normally classified as staff in the Neurology Department rather than the Psychology Department. EEG and other neuro feedback used by psychologists is considered more of a medical procedure rather than a therapy procedure. Should Neuropsychologists and Neuro Feedback technicians be regulated by the Medical Board of Examiners? Hypnosis changes brain waves so should they also be regulated by the medical board?
Should Psychologists be regulated under the medical board rather than the psychology board or regulated by both boards?
There's not much in the way of significant splintering of psychologists in Louisiana, at least not that I know of. MP's are licensed by both the medical and psychology boards; it's not as though they forego their psychology licensure to gain RxP. And I'd be absolutely shocked
if LPC's ever gain prescription privileges there or elsewhere.
Have to run, so can't comment on the other points at the moment.