From the Early Career Committee

The Early Career committee discusses the requirements of and study tips for the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology

The Early Career Committee is looking forward to our upcoming 2012 Spring Meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico. During this exciting time we will host numerous exciting events; all are welcome to attend. Our program includes: the annual committee meeting, our panel addressing early career clinical identity formation, and a fun and free reception with the graduate student committee and the candidate outreach committee. In addition, we will also be hosting a welcome table featuring our new flier detailing the benefits of joining and participating in the division for early career individuals.

The Early Career Committee wanted to share the following information, found on the AATBS website, as many of us prepare for our licensing exams:

In order to become licensed to practice psychology, individuals must pass the Examination for Professional Practice (EPPP) in Psychology developed by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. The EPPP draws material from the following content areas: biological bases of behavior (11% of the exam); cognitive-affective bases of behavior (13%); social and multicultural bases of behavior (12%); growth and lifespan development (13%); assessment and diagnosis (14%); treatment and intervention (16%); research methods (6%); and ethical, legal, and professional issues (15%). The exam consists of 225 multiplechoice questions, and must be completed within 4 hours and 15 minutes. EPPP scores are typically reported to the relevant jurisdiction two times a month, at which point the scores will be reported to the candidate by the jurisdiction board. As for the scoring system, after the test is completed the number of questions answered correctly will be converted into a score on a scale of 200 to 800. This allows the test-giving organization to adjust scores depending on the difficulty of the test as it is administered.

Study Tips: Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP)

Please check out all of the benefits of joining Division 39 as an early career clinician. These include: discounts for membership, reduced rates to attend our Spring Conference and invaluable social networking opportunities. We are looking forward to upcoming meetings and events, and hope to meet new members online for our group. Please check out the Division 39 website for further information and current events.