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SDPA FC INDIVIDUAL COURSE - A Crisis of Access to Service: A New Specialty and the Advancement of Prescriptive Authority for Psychologists

  • 10/23/2020
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Zoom Webinar


  • Speakers are fully comped.

Registration is closed

SDPA Fall Conference

Systemic Racism's Bitter Pill: A closer look at Health Disparities

A Crisis of Access to Service:  A New Specialty and the Advancement of Prescriptive Authority for Psychologists

Presented by
Alan Lincoln, Ph.D., MSCP, BCBA-D
Judi Steinman Ph.D.

1.5 CEs

October 23, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Live Webinar


(Note: if you want to get 20% off sign up for the full conference go back to events and look for full conference registration.)

This course is designed to educate participants about severe mental health disparities that adversely affect blacks, Latinos, the poor, children, the elderly and persons with developmental disabilities (Kim et al., 2017). More specifically, will address disparities relative to a shrinking pool of psychiatric providers (McBain et al., 2019) and a shift toward the prescription of psychoactive medications by nonpsychiatric physicians with minimal training in mental health.  Scope of practice legislation that allow specialty trained psychologists (Lincoln. 2018, APA, 2019 and Brown et al., in press) is an essential ingredient in helping to narrow the problem to access to service experienced by these minority groups. 

Learning Objectives

1.    Participants will identify three reasons for health disparities in certain minority groups relative to access of trained mental health prescribers.

2.    Participants will demonstrate the ability to describe the training in psychopharmacology as it pertains to a new specialty area within psychology as of 2020

3.    Participants will demonstrate the ability to describe how specialty training in clinical psychopharmacology is consistent with current licensing law in California.

4.    Participants will demonstrate the ability to recount how specialty training and the success of a California scope of practice law for prescriptive authority could help reduce the severe shortage of qualified prescribers.

Course Level: Intermediate

Target Audience:  Licensed psychologists, Psychiatrists, Physicians, graduate students in psychology, Allied Mental Health Professionals

Conflict of interest or commercial support:

There is no commercial support related to this program and she is not getting paid by your company for this course. There is no conflict of interest related to this program.


Alan Lincoln, Ph.D., MSCP is a professor of clinical psychology in the California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University's San Diego campus.  He is also the co-director of the Neuroscience Institute of Alliant International University Research Foundation located in San Diego.  He completed an additional postdoctoral MS in 2004 and currently teaches a graduate course on clinical psychopharmacology and intelligence assessment. 

Dr. Lincoln has been involved in NIH sponsored research for 36 years with a primary focus on severe developmental psychopathology and has over 100 peer reviewed presentations and journal publications.  He has worked as a clinician and service provider for ASD children and adults with ASD for more than 38 years.  He has collaborated with several research groups at San Diego universities providing assistance with diagnosis and assessment of individuals with autism of all ages and will play a similar role in the proposed project. His research has focused on the neuropsychology and neurophysiology of neurodevelopmental disorders including ASD, Williams syndrome, and ADHD.  He was the study psychologist for the UCSD site of the 14 year NIH clinical trial, The Childhood Asthma Management Project (CAMP) that evaluated the efficacy of corticosteroids in the treatment of mild to moderate asthma in children and adolescents. Dr. Lincoln also has been a study investigator for Pfizer regarding the electrophysiology of Cetirizine HCl and sedation in children with seasonal allergies. Most recently Dr. Lincoln helped deliver a Phase I and II clinical trial on the use of Suramin for children with ASD.

From 2001 to 2014 Dr. Lincoln was the CEO and Director of the Center for Autism Research, Evaluation and Service (CARES) Inc., a Psychological Corporation.  With nearly 150 employees CARES covered four San Diego counties, was a vendor to four Regional Centers an over 18 school districts.  CARES provided services to thousands of children and families and was one of the first providers to provide intensive intervention services to children with ASD in San Diego County.  Her served on the California State-wide Autism Taskforce, helped support legislation promoting insurance to cover behavioral services for persons with ASD.

Dr. Lincoln has made numerous presentations regarding psychopharmacology training for clinical psychologists.  He is the past Program Director of the Postdoctoral Master of Science Program in Clinical Psychopharmacology of the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University.  He is a three-time chair of Division V of the California Psychological Association and just completed a three-year term as Member-at-Large of Division 55 of the American Psychological Association.  He provided at the invitation of the California Board of Psychology, a column in their newsletter regarding the important role psychologists have in evaluating and advising their patients taking prescribed medications and in collaborating with prescribing physicians (http://www.psychology.ca.gov/forms_pubs/spring2015.pdf).  Most recently Dr. Lincoln served on APA’s Psychopharmacology Taskforce that updated the requirements and curriculum for the Designated MSCP training programs. Dr. Lincoln is available to speak at meetings or conferences about the expanded role psychologists could provide to Californians who are in need of specialty mental health care if the scope of the practice of clinical psychology expanded to include prescriptive authority. 

Judi Steinman Ph.D.

Dr. Steinman is the Immediate Past President of APA’s American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy (Division 55) for 2020. She has been the director of the CSPP-Alliant International University the Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology  (MSCP) program since 2017. She served as the Coordinator of the MSCP program at - of Hawai`i - Hilo’s Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy for seven years.

Dr. Steinman serves as chair of the Division 55 Training Program Director Council and is a member of the Diversity, Research, Bylaws and Membership Councils and Committees. She was one of the two co-authors of the Division’s Specialty Petition to APA’s CRSPPP, allowing Clinical Psychopharmacology to be recognized as a specialty and laying the path towards Board Certification with ABPP.

Dr. Steinman served as chair of the Hawaiʻi Psychological Association’s RxP Sub-Committee and as a member of the Political Action Committee board for several years until recently moving to Florida. She is actively engaged in efforts to bring prescriptive authority for qualified psychologists to Hawai`I and around the country.

Dr Steinman teaches Biochemistry, Pathophysiology and Research Methodology for Alliant and has taught the following courses as an Adjunct Instructor for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology: Advanced Pathophysiology, Clinical Biochemistry & Neurochemistry, Pharmacology and Advanced Physical Assessment.

Dr. Steinman conducts weekly online meetings for MSCP graduates to prepare for the APA’s PEP exam. 


Individual course if you want to get 20% discount sign up for the FULL conference on another link.

 Registration Fees

Per course

 Member $15  $25
 Member Student  FREE  $14
$25  $35
 Non-Member Student
$12  $17

Conflicts of Interest: As an APA-approved sponsor of continuing education, San Diego Psychological Association is committed to the identification and resolution of potential conflicts of interest in the planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of continuing education. Please review the conflict of interest guideline below.

APA Guidelines Regarding Potential Conflicts of Interest
Consistent with concepts outlined in the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, potential conflicts of interest occur when an individual assumes a professional role in the planning, promotion, delivery, or evaluation of continuing education where personal, professional, legal, financial, or other interests could reasonably be expected to impair his or her objectivity, competence, or effectiveness.

CE Grievance Procedure
SDPA is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the APAs Ethical Principles of Psychologists.  SDPA will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants.  
See CE Grievance Procedure.

Attendance Policy:
 CE Credit and Certificates will not be issued to those who arrive later than 10 minutes or leave early from any course scheduled time. This policy is strictly enforced to ensure compliance with APA Guidelines.

Cancellation Policy:  No refund will be given to any registered individual who is a no-show to a course. Any individual canceling within 72 hours of a course will be refunded 50% of the course fee.

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American Psychological Association
The San Diego Psychological Association (SDPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SDPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

In California, APA approved CE’s are valid for licensed psychologists, licensed school psychologists, LCSW, LMFT, LEP & LPCC licensees. Though APA is a national organization, the out of state licensee should check with their state governing board to make sure that APA approved CE'’s are valid in their state for their license. 

See SDPA Website Continuing Education Policies.


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