EPPP Information

This is an outline of what is on the exam, and the the basis for how I developed my own EPPP study material.  Use this as a checklist, if you have a detailed knowledge and understanding of all of these topics AND you consistently do well on practice exams you are ready to write the EPPP.

Explore this website and you will find multiple articles exploring topics that will be on the EPPP, and these articles are what makes up this Free EPPP Study Guide.  You may find the information on this site is not enough to help you feel confident about your ability to pass the exam, That is OK and only you can be the judge of what you need. If this information seems overwhelming to you it does NOT mean you will fail the exam, but you may require a little more in depth material than is offered here That is why there is a Product Reviews page which will give you a variety of additional options, as well as practice exam questions which I highly recommend as explained on the Study Tips page.

Topic 1: Ethical/Legal/Professional Issues (15% of the Questions)

Knowledge of professional standards, ethical codes, ethical decision making guidelines, restrictions and legal EPPP Study guidemandates, training and supervision.

  • Ethical principles for psychologists such as APA and CPA, as well as codes of conduct.
  • Professional standards for the practice of psychology.
  • Federal. state/provincial, laws, and judicial decisions that affect practice.
  • Ethical dilemmas and issues related to specific areas of practice.
  • Models of ethical decision making process.
  • Models for professional development.
  • The implication of legal, ethical, and social policies on emerging issues.
  • Patient’s rights.
  • Ethical issues related to the conduct of research.
  • Ethical issues with supervision.

Topic 2: Treatment, Intervention, Prevention, and Supervision (14%)

Knowledge of interventions for specific disorders in a diverse population, prevention and intervention theories,best practices and guidelines, supervision and consultation models, evidence supporting effectiveness of interventions.

  • How to make decisions for treatment based on best available research.
  • Treatment interventions and the evidence for their effectiveness for a specific disorder.
  • Understand how to adapt prevention and intervention techniques for special populations.
  • Interventions to enhance performance and growth.
  • Consultation models and processes.
  • Career counseling
  • Adjunctive interventions such as support groups.
  • Knowledge of technology assisted research, assessment, intervention and documentation.
  • Understand how intervention choices are affected by healthcare systems and economics.
  • Risk reduction, health promotion, wellness and resilience methods.
  • Contemporary theories and their evidence.

Topic 3: Assessment and Diagnosis (14%)

Understanding of psychometrics and assessment, both models and instruments.  Assessment methods specifically for families, couples, groups, individual,and organizations. Also understand the difference diagnostic classification systems, as well as their limitations.

  • Generalizability theory, psychometric theory, and test characteristics.
  • Assessment theories and models
  • Assessment methods
  • Knowledge of tests that measure behaviors and characteristics of individuals, and how to adapt these tests for various populations.
  • Understand differential diagnosis and about integrating non-psychological information like education history and medical evaluations.
  • Tools used to measure job performance, organizations, and educational institutions, as well as environmental influences on groups and individuals.
  • Understand how to select and adapt assessment methods.
  • Classification systems such as the DSM, ICF, and ICD. Knowledge of the rationales and limitations for evaluating client functioning, and the dimensional versus categorical approaches to diagnosis.
  • Factors that influence the interpretation of data.
  • Base rates and epidemiology of disorders.  Comorbidity of substance use with mental illness, and medical disorders with behavioral disorders, as well as the ages ranges affected.
  • Measurement of family, couples, individual, organizational and group change resulting from prevention or intervention efforts.
  • Use of technology in implementing assessments, and the evaluation, cost effectiveness, validity, privacy, and consumer acceptability.

Topic 4: Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior (13%)

Theoretical knowledge of memory, learning, emotion, affect, executive function, and motivation. Understand the concept of cognition. And what influences cognitive performance or emotional experiences.

  • What makes up cognition.
  • The main theories of intelligence and how to apply these models.
  • The major learning theories and how to apply them.
  • Main theories of memory such as constructivist theory and expectancy theory, as well as how to apply them (for example neurorehabilitation).
  • Models of motivation and emotion, and how to apply these theories.
  • The interaction between beliefs, behavior and mood.
  • How beliefs are influenced by psychosocial factors.

Topic 5: Biological Bases of Behavior (12%)

You will need to understand the biological and neural components of behavior, psychopharmacology, and the science behind this knowledge.

  • What are the biological components to behavior..
  • Drug classes, how the drugs work in the body, desired and undesired outcome, drug abuse, and common interactions.
  • Results of these drugs in experimental trials and how to use them to treat psychological and neuropsychological disorders.
  • An understanding of the role genetics play in behavior, and an understanding of gene-environment interactions.
  • How the biological bases of behavior are influenced.
  • An understanding of brain imaging and how to apply the knowledge.

Topic 6: Social and Cultural Bases of Behavior (12%)

Understanding intrapersonal, interpersonal, intragroup, and intergroup dynamics. Also diversity issues and theories of personality.

  • Knowledge of social cognition and perception.
  • Understanding social interactions.
  • Organizational structure and group dynamics, and the social influences on how the individual functions.
  • Knowledge of environmental psychology and understand this in the context of human impact on societal or environmental events.
  • Social behavior from the evolutionary perspective, such as empathy or mate selection.
  • Main theories of personality.
  • Understand social-contextual issues.
  • The impact race or ethnicity has on economic, psychosocial, and political development.
  • The causes and effects of oppression and how  it manifests.
  • Pyschology of gender and gender development.
  • Knowledge of disability issues and the psychological impact.
  • Understand acculturation in the context of immigrant and refugee population.
  • Information regarding culturally mediated communication patterns.

Topic 7: Growth and Lifespan Development (12%)

Know about the full lifespan of development, atypical signs of development, and both protective and risk factors that impact development.

  • Normal development and growth, including cognitive, social, personality, spiritual, perceptual, emotional, physical, biological, sexual functioning, career development and end of life issues.
  • Environmental impact on development such as academic, social , or work environment and the relationship with the individual.
  • Main theories of development.
  • Impact of culture on development.
  • The impact of family on development across the lifespan.
  • The effects of family configuration on child development such as single parent or extended family.
  • How normal and abnormal life events can influence development such as trauma, retirement, or birth of a child.
  • How development is impacted by systemic factors such as poor health care or exposure to violence.
  • Disorders that disrupt the expected development.

Topic 8: Research Methods and Statistics (8%)

Know about research design, program evaluation and methodology.  Statistical models, procedures and assumptions, as well as instrument validation and selection.  Also understand dissemination methods.

  • Data collection and sampling.
  • Case study design, experimental and quasi-experimental design, and correlation.
  • Analytic methods which include qualitative, descriptive and inferential statistics.
  • Statistical interpretation.
  • Critical appraisal and application of findings
  • Evaluation techniques.
  • Understand what underlies involvement and participation in research, specifically for underrepresented populations.
  • Dessemination and presentation of findings.