Sometimes David Wins: The Road to Psychologists’ Prescriptive Authority (Self-Study Webinar)

  • January 01, 2025



New York State Association of Neuropsychology (NYSAN) presents a self-study webinar with:

Beth N. Rom-Rymer, Ph.D. 

Sometimes David Wins:  The Road to Psychologists’ Prescriptive Authority


The Illinois Psychological Association had had its eye on Prescriptive Authority for Illinois psychologists since 1991.  Finally, in 2012, the time was ripe for conducting an aggressive lobbying campaign for bill passage.  There were many obstacles.  The AMA, right in our backyard, and APS (American Psychiatric Society) were spending a lot of money to defeat us.  The Illinois media appeared to be supporting our adversaries.  Lobbyists for the psychiatrists were telling our state legislators that prescribing psychologists could "kill" their patients.  Patrick Kennedy weighed in against us.  Even some psychologists were actively lobbying against the IPA.  But, strong IPA leadership; a smart and effective, statewide grassroots strategy; powerful, astute, and committed legislative champions; strong third party support, especially from law enforcement; productive and creative fundraising; and a "never say die" attitude overcame all obstacles to lead us to legislative success!

Learning Objectives:

  • 1.       Describe the state of mental health services in Illinois in 2012.
  • 2.       Discuss the importance of understanding the specific obstacles to passing controversial legislation in your state.
  • 3.       List the critical factors that led to the passage of the Illinois Prescriptive Authority legislation.
  • 4.       List the educational and training requirements for attaining the Prescribing Psychologist license in Illinois.

Speaker Bio:

Beth N. Rom-Rymer has been a pioneer throughout her life, beginning with her being admitted to the first class of women at Princeton University in the Fall of 1969.  Dr. Rom-Rymer created the first Victim-Witness Assistance Unit in the State Attorney’s Office and co-founded a shelter for battered women and their children in Tallahassee, Florida, in 1977-1979, and is one of the psychologists who created the field of forensic geriatrics in 2000, testifying, nationally, in cases concerning the sexual abuse of older adults in nursing homes and writing book chapters about the role of the forensic psychologist in geriatric settings.  Dr. Rom-Rymer has taught at several Universities, in the Departments of Psychiatry, including The University of Chicago and Northwestern University.  Dr. Rom-Rymer led the successful legislative Movement for Psychologists’ Prescriptive Authority in Illinois and continues to implement the Prescriptive Authority legislation in Illinois; consults with State Psychological Associations, nationwide, and consults with international psychologist leaders, on legislative advocacy campaigns for Prescriptive Authority.  Dr. Rom-Rymer spoke, on October 13th, 2022, on the panel, “The emergence and exciting growth of a psychologists’ prescriptive authority movement in South Africa,” at the 26th Annual South African Congress of Psychology in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Dr. Rom-Rymer is completing a book, to be published by APA Press in 2023, on the impact of the Prescribing Psychologist Movement on the national healthcare crisis, "The Revolution in Healthcare:  How Prescribing Psychologists are Changing the Healthcare Delivery System." Dr. Rom-Rymer recently was a candidate for the APA President-elect 2023. She represents the interests of global communities as well as diverse psychologist communities in the United States.

This course is offered for 1.0 CE credits (1 hour)

$10 fee for NYSAN members

$30 fee for non-members

*New York State Association of Neuropsychology is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0052.*

*NYSAN is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NYSAN maintains responsibility for this program and its content.* 

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