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A Message from ASPPB About the DSM
DSM Message from ASPPB
  • Exam administrations through July 31, 2014: DSM-IV

  • Exam administrations August 1, 2014 and after: DSM-5

ASPPB is the owner of the EPPP and has the responsibility for its development. Recently, the ASPPB Board of Directors has noticed that there has been a flurry of activity (some of it accurate, and some of it not) on various listservs about how the DSM-5 will be incorporated into the EPPP.

The EPPP is one of the tools used by state and provincial licensing boards to evaluate candidates for licensure and certification. It is intended to evaluate the broad scientific/psychological knowledge that the most recent Practice Analysis has determined as foundational to the competent practice of psychology. The Exam covers eight (8) content areas, among them Assessment and Diagnosis (see, and the test questions that make up each area are determined by a rigorous process that follows current test development procedures.

Recently, ASPPB put a notice on its website to inform candidates about how the DSM-5 would be incorporated into the EPPP. At the time the notice was posted, the expected DSM publication date was May 2013. The process of introducing new information or data into the EPPP is always one that takes into account when the new information first becomes available and then when that information is being taught in graduate programs. In other words, because the EPPP assesses knowledge that candidates for licensure are expected to have, regardless of individual specialty areas, we must be assured that this is indeed the case.

Controversy about the DSM-5 has been considerable, and there have been suggestions posted on websites to abandon the DSM and use the ICD system. If this occurs, and universities teach the IDC system, then the EPPP content will reflect that. This is not an ASPPB decision; the data dictate what content is covered on the EPPP.

We hope this clarifies any issues, and allays any anxiety there might be about how ASPPB and or local psychology regulatory bodies influence the content and questions for the EPPP.

Thank you.

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