Academy of Medical Psychology education center is a place where the Academy provides written examination in the sequence for Board Certification in Medical Psychology (ABMP Diplomate Process), provides free CEs for our AMP members and our Diplomates in the Specialty, and where other psychologists, physician, nurse practitioners, social workers, and counselors can get CE training. 

All CE courses provided at this site are done with review, approval, and control of the National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers (NAPPP; and through their American Psychological Association Approved CE Provider Status.  NAPPP maintains sole responsibility for ensuring that our courses meet the APA CE Standards and for filing CE documentation and annual program review and evaluation.  

Joint NAPPP/ABMP Post Doctorate Medical Psychology and Psychopharmacology Training Program

Introduction:  NAPPP (National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers: ; NAPPP)  and ABMP (American Board of Medical Psychology & the Academy of Medical Psychology; : ABMP/AMP) have consolidated their Post Doctoral Training Programs and are offering a sequence of courses and exams supplemented by a Friday 10AM to 11AM seminar (that may be electronically attended by Skype).  Exams are taken on line and are password protected and machine scored.  Course material are password protected (multiple courses may be taken simultaneously by instructor approval) and the material consists of a combination of research reviews, You Tube Presentations, Slide Presentations, and instructor feedback.  The student must show a 70% or above performance on quizzes (internal to a course) and the final exam in order to get passing credit for the course.  Students who fail a course must arrange a remediation plan with the instructor prior to proceeding to further courses in the sequence.

Certificate and Continuing Education Credit:

NAPPP CE Credits:  All CE courses provided at this site are done with review, approval, and control of the National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers (NAPPP; and through their American Psychological Association Approved CE Provider Status.  NAPPP maintains sole responsibility for ensuring that our courses meet the APA CE Standards and for filing CE documentation and annual program review and evaluation.  

NAPPP and AMP are progressing toward eventual conversion of the Medical Psychology and Pharmacology Training Program to an Online, matriculated for graduate credit, accredited post doctoral master’s program in Medical Psychology.  Thus, continual refinement of the web site, software, distance and telehealth student and case supervision, eventual field cohorts and cohort meetings will be added to the program to meet accreditation and quality enhancement and accreditation requirements.  Faculty for this program will be recruited from Diplomates in Medical Psychology, and nationally recognized clinicians with teaching and supervision skills who are clinically active in the field of Medical Psychology.  Text books for our curses will be selected from reviews by input and review from clinically active diplomates in Medical Psychology.

Upon completion of all curses in the required program description, recommendation of program instructors, and completion of all final examinations, the student will be issued a Certificate of Training in Medical Psychology and Psychopharmacology.  The Academy of Medical Psychology will accept this training, as well as other recognized programs as foundational science preparation to progress to preceptorship and ultimately Candidacy Status qualifying them to sit for the Oral and Written Examinations to qualify for Board Certification in Medical Psychology (see and to review these requirements).

Costs:  The fee for all students entering this program after July 1st from AMP Members will be the fee set by the Board of Directors of NAPPP and reviewed and approved by the AMP Board.  There will be a cost and expense sharing arrangements worked out between the two organizations and revenue from the proceedings will be used by both organizations to enhance the quality and accreditations of both programs.  The current cost of the entire program is $1,000, and is due prior to starting the program.  You will be required to purchase some books, but some will be used for multiple courses and will be excellent additions to your long-term library.

Note:  The best source for authoritative medical information in the US is the National Library of Medicine's medical database called PubMed, that indexes citations and abstracts of over 7 million articles from more than 3,800 medical journals published worldwide.

Pub Med (  ) was developed for professionals and is the primary source utilized by health care providers for keeping up with the latest advances in clinical medicine.
A second Important Data Base for free research is PLOS:  go to

    Available courses

    This course provides an in-depth introduction to Medical Psychology ( It provides the teaching materials that are the foundation for the entire program. Your textbook, Medical Psychology Practice and Policy Perspectives, edited by John Caccavale, and with authors from the AMP Board, diplomats in the specialty, former APA Presidents and Governance and Committees provides a basic introduction  to the specialty.  Moreover, the wide array of subject coverage is designed to allow the student to begin implementing what has been learned upon completion of the course, should a student decide to do so.  Topics such a short consultation and triage, cultural competency, and specific diagnostic groups encountered by the Medical Psychologist are covered in brief.  Future courses will build upon this general foundation.

    Medical Psychology: The practice of medical psychology is much more than psychopharmacology (which is a proficiency as defined by APA) and  involves an awareness of and training in medical, psychological, and social factors that inform a broad spectrum of services including psychological diagnosis, treatment, consulting about the use of psychotropic medications, and prescribing of psychotropic medication within the scope of the practice of the profession. For a more extensive definition of medical psychology the student may see our coverage of medical psychology in WIKIPEDIA (click the blue).

    This course is an introduction and review of Anatomy and Physiology ranging from the cell and its parts and function, the CNS, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, skeletal system, and specific systems such as flight or flight.  The course is in 5 CE components starting with Cell Anatomy and Physiology and then proceeds to other modules to complete Anatomy and Physiology I which must be successfully mastered prior to proceeding to Anatomy and Physiology II. 

    The course uses multimedia, written materials and graphics, and exercises and reading lists.  The entire multi-section course is designed to require about 3-5 hours of work and study per week and approximately 3 months to master.  It will prepare the student for understanding the basic anatomy and physiology to move forward in understanding the effects of certain environmental experiences, medications, nutrition and exercise and lifestyle, stress, and learning on the body.  This is a foundation course and must be taken early in the sequence of learning in the Medical Psychology Certificate program of study.

    When you have mastered the presented materials, reviewed and prepared, you may petition your faculty instructor for a password that will admit you to the final exam.  You must pass the final exam with 70% correct or more to receive credit for this course.

    You will get Master Medical Psychology and Psychopharmacology Certificate for completion of the entire post-doctoral training program and the related preceptorship as preparation for qualifying for Oral and Written Examination for Board Certification in Medical Psychology.. 

    This second section of A&P will focus on the Central Nervous System.

    Pathophysiology or physiopathology is a convergence of pathology with physiology. Pathology is the medical discipline that describes conditions typically observed during a disease state, whereas physiology is the biological discipline that describes processes or mechanisms operating within an organism. Pathology describes the abnormal or undesired condition, whereas pathophysiology seeks to explain the physiological processes or mechanisms whereby such condition develops and progresses.

    Pathophysiology can also mean the functional changes associated with or resulting from disease or injury. Another definition is the functional changes that accompany a particular disease.

    Pathophysiology is a required area of study for nearly all healthcare professional school programs (medical, Medical Psychology, dental, physician assistant, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nurse practitioner, radiation therapists, pharmacy, nursing, radiologic science, Chiropractic and paramedic programs) in the United States, Canada and other countries.

    Your text book for this course will be Pathophysiology Made Incredibly Easy: Wolters Kluwer, and Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.  It can be purchased at Amazon Books: For Less than $40 (be sure to get 5th or later edition-latest).  It will be a good edition to your library.

    This course surveys the organization and function of the human nervous system with cutting edge of neuroscience in a way that is accesible to both science and nonscience students alike.  The course is divided into for parts including the foundations of neuroscience, sensory and motor systems, the brain and behavior, and changing the brain.  For this course we use the Forth Edition of Bear, Barry Connors, and Michael Paradiso's book Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain, Wolters Kluwer, 2016.

    Students enrolled in this course will be required to purchase a copy of the above text.  Additional informational related to the text is available on a text web site.  The purchase of the text will provide study quiz bank, videoclips, animations, assgnments and activities, PDF image bank, slides in PowerPoint, lecture notes, and a full text online and searchable version.

    Your instructor will guide you through the text and use of the full instructional system, will be available by Skype and email, and will guide you through the 4 section examinations which you will take on this web site.

    You will receive 36 APA Approved CEs for this course which will be taught by a qualified and Board Certified Medical Psychologist.

    This course provides the advanced student and/or Medical Psychologist with the concept of psychological stress, its physiological manefestations, and its effects on health and disease.  It is widly supported i the scientific literature that stress is a significant factor in each life and resent data indicates that it can throw gene switches that trigger some diseases, undermines health and longevity, and interrupts immune protections.  Thus, understanding the nature, science, and remediation of stress is one of the most significant knowledge, skill, science, and technique base compotency in Medical Psychology.

    In this 36 hour APA approved CE Program the student will use the text Stress and Health: Biological and Psychological Interactions, by William Lovallo, Sage Publications 2016.  All students are required to purchase a copy of this text book for the course.

    Antidepressant medications are one technique used in some treatment plans for control of some depressive symptoms.  They are not recommended by the FDA, WHO, or AHQR as stand alone techniques or substantiated by the science as an adequate treatment plan.  They have proven to have limited effect above placebo, and to work significantly only with the most severely depressed patients and are held as contraindicated by many scientist for Bipolar Disorder patient.

    Still, well over 2/3s these medicines are prescribed by general physicians and largely without a comprehensive treatment plan.  Common folk belief driven by pharmaceutical marketing campeigns have adopted the scientifically unsupported belief that antidepressants are a "treatment" (rather than technique) for depression.  Thus many patients, without able guidance from their providers, adopt the miss belief that antidepressants alone are an adequate treatment for most depressive disorders.

    This course will give the practitioner a brief familuarity of the literature on depression, the pharmacology and theories of antidepresants, the subpopulations of patient that may have some marginal benefit from these medications, specialty population considerations, side effect issues, and algorythims for selecting an antidepressant.  Always, any technique for treatment of one of the depressive disorders must be ethically and morally preceeded by accurate diagnostic work-up.  A short interview is not a competent or adequate technique for diagnosing depression.

    A survey of Major Tranquilizers (so called Antipsychotics), related theory, techniques, uses, literature, and choices.

    This examination is for those who have completed all post doctorate training in Medical Psychology including academic training, preceptorship, and who have passed credentials review and have passed to "Candidacy Status".  Once Candidacy Status has been achieved and payment of examination fee has been achieved the Candidate may apply for a password to take this 100 item national examination in Medical Psychology.

    Candidates will have one hour and 30 minutes to complete the 100 written questions.  Candidates must pass this examination at 75% correct or more in order to progress to the required Oral Examination Phase of board certification in Medical Psychology (Skype examination administered orally by a panel of specialists using a pool of essay questions from which to pull randomly).

    If you have questions contact Dr. Jerry Morris at .

    The Medical Psychologist will be a core dictor and medical staff member in the nation's health facilities or ancillary consultant for these facilities. The psychologist will be moving into facilities and practices that have complicated rules, procedures, legal responsibilities, and scope of practice changes that are complex and beyond the experience and training of the typical psychologist. Many medical psychologists will, however, have internships in these health facilities, postdoctoral residencies in these facilities, and rely upon organizations such as the Academy of medical psychologist to provide additional training and material.

    This course is an introduction that will provide The Medical Psychologist and students of medical psychology with an introductory review of laws, rules, roles and responsibilities, extent and limitations of scope of practice, and ways of articulating these things with hospital and health facility administrators, medical staff, and patients.

    By the end of this module the psychologist will have mastered a foundation and working knowledge of the statutory, rule, and models that they will operate within and the nations health facilities.

    This is a 3 CE course for the Hospital or Primary Care Psychologist or Physician with responsibility to assess and manage suicidal patients.  Doctors assessing for suicide must know risk factors, protective factors, sub-population incidence and prevalence, short assessment techniques and questionnaires for "screening", and longer and in depth diagnostics capable of both further differentiating risk and establishing diagnostic for adequate treatment planning.

    This course provides these tools and techniques and linkage to technologies and science that is helpful.

    There is perhaps no more important skill set, competency, and responsibility of the mental health and substance abuse professional, clinical director, house officer, or emergency department specialist.  Every supervisor and trainer needs these skills.

    In this course the Medical Psychologist and student of medical psychology will review the array of neurotic disorders with cardinal feature of disruptive and consistent maladaptive poor modulation and adaptation to feelings of anxiety.  These individuals, fixated at the Youthful Developmental level often present as overly driven, other directed and therefore insecure and worried, perfectionistic, tense, and driven individuals who care too much, try to hard, and disrupt feeling and thinking, and behavioral systems while being "too well raised", and feeling inadequate.  They often invest much of this tension in their bodies and have significant somatic symptoms.

    The array of well established symptom focused and syndrome and growth oriented psychotherapy interventions, pharmaceutical adjunctive techniques, and behavioral activation and contextual family and social techniques are reviewed.

    The very biased and compulsively medicalized published and recommended protocols are held up to the light of the scientific evidence that is contraindicative of "medication only approaches" to these disorders is illuminated.

    This course provides the Medical Psychologist and the student interested in Medical Psychology with basic knowledge and skills in Motivational Interviewing founded on the Approach Avoidance literature and techniques of Dollard and Miller, basic patient centered (counseling trained individuals call them clients) relational and reflective techniques, and self-efficacy approaches all amalgamated by Rollnick and Miller.

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association has developed and tested a methodology for Primary Care screening of patients using scientifically validated short screening instruments (2-5 minutes) and using these tools to effect Prevention and Psycho-education interviews, Brief Intervention (using techniques to motivate change), Brief Therapy, or Referral to Specialty Therapy.  This system is called SBIRT and allows for the use of several validated screening instruments, and requires follow-through, available referral linkages with specialists as needed, and reimbursement codes have been developed for Medicaid, Medicare, and Insurers.

    This module trains the behavioral specialist in the SBIRT method, helps them access approved screening instruments, and prepares them to work in these integrated care systems that hospitals and primary care systems will be developing. 

    At the end of this module the psychologist will be familure with the screening, prevention, brief intervention, brief therapy, referral and specialty care required components, and the staffing models and available opportunities for psychologists in these systems. 

    This course is a basic introduction to the basic science relative to Bipolar Disorders.  Components include what we know about the development of mood disorders and the brain mechanisms upon which these disorders are based.  This includes environmental mutations of the brain, brain growth and development, psychological development and stages of development, neuroplasticity and neurologically informed treatment. 

    Traditionally, bipolar spectrum disorders have been treated with "medication only approaches" and this has led psychiatry to conclude that these diseases are not likely to change!  However, research on neuroplasticity, learning and the brain, and cognitive therapies and family therapies and assertive community treatment models do not share this conclusion.  Clearly, research has made the limitations of psychotropic medications increasingly clear.  Those who treat severe mental illness with more than major tranquilizers, mood stabilizers (membrane potential changers), and antidepressants do not share the pessimistic view and point to science supporting their positions.

    Still, many Bipolar Spectrum Disorders are being mistreated with "medication only approaches" in the USA, and most psychiatrists lead this movement.

    The Medical Psychologist must adhere to more scientifically, morally, and ethically based approaches to these disorders.

    By the end of this course you will have a general perspective about the multifactorial causes of Bipolar Disorders (family and developmental environments, chronic stress, gene triggers that interact with the environment, and trauma), the ability of the brain to grow with the proper reprograming, the appropriate treatment plans to effect change (multitechnique), and adopt a "hopeful, optimistic, and reassuring philosophical position" so helpful to these patients and families.  Additionally, you will be able to use this knowledge to lobby insurance companies and other payer sources on behalf of these patients, to educate the public, and to educate patients and families suffering from these disorders.

    Sleep is vital to health and disturbed in a variety of mental, substance abuse, and physical illness and our patterns change over our human life cycle.  This course provides a summary of the research, implications for health and the diagnosis and treatment of disorders and for suicide prevention.

    This course assists the psychologist with amasing the foundation knowledge and teaching tools to assist health facility nursing departments and staff with learning how to interface with the doctor of psychology in managing patients with mental illness and the issues that arise in their diagnoses, treatment, and the establishment of appropriate aftercare plans and linkage with outpatient care.

    This course is valueable for psychologists, nurses, hospital social workers, and physician leaders who are increasingly asked to form pramary care facility multidisciplinary and emergency department teams to handle acute episodes with mentally ill patients.

    To take this course please contact Dr. Jerry Morris at and reference H01 and pay your $150 fee and get a password assigned.  AMP members can take this course for free.  All who wish 3 hours of CE credit will need to pay a slight APA CE filing fee.  We are providing APA CE credit in collaboration with NAPPP ( an APA Approved CE Provider.

    This course presents the scientific data that compels the US Primary Care and Community Hospital System to establish staffing standards for all Medicare and Medicaid reimbursed healthcare system that include doctors of psychology.  These healthcare programs are the hub of the wheel of the US healthcare system and they simply can't take care of the demand for mental health and substance use disorders (SUDs) and the behavioral and psychological aspects of chronic physical disease.  

    This section not only provides the doctor of psychology and the Medical Psychologist Specialist with the scientific support for this position, but it provides these doctors with the materials they need to advocate for adequate Bylaws, Policies and Procedures, and administrative support to assist the public in these facilities by removing barriers to their practice to the full extent of their legally authorized  scope of practice (a component of the ACA law).

    The Brain and its' consequent-personality are fluid and constantly changing aspects of the human.  The science has now become quite clear-"Biology is Not Destiny"!  In other words, those who are well versed in the current state of science have moved out of the previous (and primitive) concept of genes as "cookie cutters" that are fixed at conception, and the brain and its' cells only growing in infancy and childhood, and the resulting Drug Manufacturers "marketing ploy" trying to convince us we are "a biological soup", or that mentally ill people are best understood as "biologically imbalanced"!

    This course helps you with a review of the current state of science about brain and neural system development, differentiation, modification and growth or degradation, and relates this to some general science about how humans learn, how psychotherapy works, and why "medication only approaches" to the treatment of mental illness are "unscientific", "near hoaxing", "not supported by supervising bodies and organizations", and probably preditorial and unethical!

    The modern psychotherapist is pointed at the literature that can prepare them above this introductory level for providing "brain change" and "neurobiologically and psychologically informed psychological diagnosis and psychotherapy".

    Medical Psychologists and General Clinical Psychologists will increasingly have to work in, or in close colaboration with, the Primary Care and Community Hospital System.  This system is ever evolving toward a multi-disciplinary team delivery system in an Ingegrated Care Model where the Primary Care Physician is the hub of the healthcare wheel, and psychologists and psychiatrists are in collaboration with the patient's general physician.

    This course assists the psychologist with understanding the evolving Medicare Program (which often drives Medicaid and Private Insurance changes) and provides basic skills related to practicing in the Medicare system and facilities that will increasingly require that the psychologist and other doctors are Medicare providers.

    This section is where we do a brief orientation to the use of this site, our site code of conduct, and where we inform you about where you can get assistance and can get your questions answered.