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Mission: To advance psychology as a science, profession, 
 as a means of promoting human welfare in Oklahoma
by advancing psychology as a science and profession.

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 A psychologist works with individuals, families, couples and groups to help them better understand and address emotional, interpersonal and behavioral challenges.  Psychologists use scientific evidence to help people manage situational problems, trauma as well as short and long term emotional needs, chronic pain and serious mental illnesses.  Psychologists have a doctoral degree and are equally educated in their field of specialization as those who specialize in specific medicine (MD, DO), dentistry, optometry, and chiropractic spending an average of 6-8 years studying the science of human behavior, including 3500 hours of supervised training.  What psychologists do best in addition to therapy is testing and assessments. 

Oklahoma has over 600 licensed psychologists and post doctoral students who's education, certifications and clinical and research experience impact the mental health of Oklahomans.  Click here to learn more from our Who's Who Brochure.    

Provider differences at a glance:

  • Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who have completed advanced training in diagnosing and treating patients with psychiatric disorders.  They can diagnose mental health conditions, prescribe and monitor medications, and can  provide therapy. Psychiatrists often work in multi-disciplinary teams which can include psychologists as well as other mental health trained providers.
  • Licensed clinical social worker (LSW) have a master's degree in social work, which trains them to evaluate a person's mental health and use therapeutic techniques for treatment.  They are also trained in case management and advocacy services.
  • Licensed professional counselors (LPC) must have a master's degree in counseling or psychology to evaluate a person's mental health and use therapeutic techniques.
  • Licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) work with couples generally or family members to address behaviors of clients involved and how those behaviors may impact the family unit.  LMFT's have a master's degree in marriage and family therapy.    

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legislative advocacy

Why do Oklahomans not have access to the care they seek and deserve?  Why do psychologists continue to encounter barriers when treating/seeing patients/Oklahomans?

OPA's 2023 Legislative Strategies addresses the barriers faced by Oklahoma psychologists.  

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Members of OPA have the opportunity to engage and be recognized by state legislators each Monday during the legislative session.  

There are time slots still available for the 2023 OK State Legislative session to SHADOW but all slots to be Psychologist of the Day are FULL for 2023.  

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Norman, OK 74070

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