Association in December. Of particular concern is the fact that
the current Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology
(EPPP) doesn’t include any ICD-related questions. As a result,
she says, many psychology graduate training programs aren’t
teaching the ICD.
“Our position has been to assess what is being taught in
programs rather than guide what is being taught,” says Matt
Turner, PhD, director of regulatory affairs at the Association
of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), which
administers the exam. “Because the vast majority of training
programs have historically taught only the DSM, we have
That’s not as big a problem as people suspect, Turner adds,
pointing out that the current EPPP includes only a small
number of items specifically related to the DSM. Plus, he says,
ASPPB will consider adding ICD content to the exam should
training programs shift toward teaching the ICD.
Psychology needs to push training programs to get trainees
up to speed, while also pushing for the EPPP to include
questions on the ICD, says Eisman. At the very least, she says,
programs need to teach students to be “bilingual” when it
comes to diagnostic systems.
“What’s being taught needs to reflect what’s needed,” she says.
“It’s imperative that our graduates and current psychologists
know the diagnostic schema for the ICD in order to stay viable
in health insurance and to present the kind of authorization
requests and claims forms that are going to be accepted.” n
Rebecca A. Clay is a writer in Washington, D.C.
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