10 Steps for Becoming a Licensed Psychologist

What are the prerequisites for becoming a licensed psychologist? How do I reserve a place at the licensure exam? When I have passed the EPPP, what do I still need to do to become licensed?

These are important questions that often overwhelm doctoral students. In this post we will answer these questions by breaking down this complex process into a series of ten easy steps.

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Interview With Dr. Graham Taylor

Earlier this year Robin Phillips had the opportunity to speak with Graham Taylor about the origins and future of the Taylor Study Method, and why the method has such a phenomenal pass rate. Below is the text of this interview.


Interview with Graham
Graham Taylor talks to Robin Phillips about the origins and future of TSM and why the method can guarantee an eppp passing score

Robin Phillips: Thank you for joining me this morning, Dr. Taylor, to talk about the Taylor Study Method and the EPPP.

Graham Taylor: It’s always a pleasure to get together with you Robin.

Robin: For the sake of those who may not be familiar with the work you do, can you tell us what the Taylor Study Method is and how you got started with it? Continue reading

Waiting Too Long to Take the EPPP Could Lessen Your Chance of Success

Motivational speaker Wayne Dyer once said that “Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.” Despite the toll that procrastination takes on our happiness, many of us would rather put off for tomorrow what we could do today.

Nowhere is this truer than when it comes to procrastinating for the EPPP. After completing your internship and postdoctoral hours, it’s easy to go into cruising mode. Instead of taking the bull by the horns and studying to pass the EPPP right away, you tell yourself that you deserve a break. Ordinary life takes over, and although you keep saying “I need to prepare for the EPPP”, all you do is put it off. Meanwhile, your career goes on hold.

Decay Theory

Procrastination doesn’t make things easier. In fact, delaying to get started with your EPPP test preparation makes it less likely you’ll pass the exam. This is because of something called the decay theory.

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Did Medical Confidentiality Cause The Germanwings Crash?

The tragic crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 last Tuesday has raised debate on whether the medical records of airplane pilots should be made available to their employers, and perhaps even to the public.

Andreas Lubitz, who put a plane full of 150 passengers into a deadly descent into the French alps last week, had been told not to go to work by his doctors. The 27-year-old Germanwings co-pilot had sought treatment at a Düsseldorf Hospital on March 10, a fact he concealed from Lufthansa, the parent-company of Germanwings. Moreover, prior to obtaining his pilot’s license, Lubitz was in a period of psychotherapeutic treatment for symptoms that included suicidal tendencies. After the fatal tragedy, German police who visited Lubitz’s home found anti-depressants and prescription drugs to treat what has been termed a “psychosomatic illness.”

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Psychologists Should Play More Active Role in Keeping Airways Safe

Are the Airways Safe?

The safety of the airways has been called into question by the tragic crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 last week, when the co-pilot of an international passenger flight intentionally locked the plane into a deadly descent into the French alps, killing 150 people.

Although co-pilot Andreas Lubitz struggled with mental illness, had documented suicidal tendencies, was on medication for depression and suffered from narcissism, his employers seem to have been unaware of his condition.

The tragic episode may point to the need for psychologists to be more involved in routinely evaluating the mental health of airline pilots.

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What is the DSM, and what changes have recently occurred to it?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the handbook used by health care professionals as the authoritative guide to the diagnosis of mental disorders.

The American Psychiatric Association announced that this updated edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders incorporates significant scientific advances in more precisely identifying and diagnosing mental disorders.

What was the reason behind changing the DSM from the IV-RT to the DSM-5?

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New Study Reveals Importance of Mindset in Career Success

Believing that talent is innate may hinder your chance of career success, a recent study suggests.

The study, published earlier this year the journal Science, had set out to discover why women and African Americans are underrepresented in certain academic fields such as philosophy, economics, music and math.

Drawing on data collected in a nationwide survey, the authors of the report found that this under-representation correlated with academic disciplines where practitioners believed that raw innate talent is the main requirement for success.

Myths about innate talent are particularly strong in philosophy, music, economics and math. By contrast, in molecular biology, neuroscience and psychology, practitioners tend to hold the more accurate view that success is based on practice and hard work.

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Step Outside Your Comfort Zone and Stretch Yourself

In this video, memory and learning expert Joshua Foer explains how you can step outside your comfort zone and stretch yourself.

Foer is the author of Moonwalking With Einstein and an internationally recognized expert in memory and learning. Here Foer shares how he went from being a person with a merely average memory to holding the title for America’s foremost memory champion. His tips on memory and learning can encourage anyone preparing for the eppp examination.




Neurocognitive Disorder Due to Parkinson’s Disease: DSM-5 EPPP Lecture Video

The video below is the section for Neurocognitive Disorder Due to Parkinson’s Disease from Part 2 of TSM’s lecture series on DSM-5 and the EPPP, followed by a transcript. This lecture series aims to equip those preparing for the EPPP with everything one needs to know about the impact DSM-5 will be having on the EPPP. To watch all of Part 2, click here. To watch Part 1, click here. To register for our webinar series to watch future lectures and discuss your questions with a content expert, click here.

Transcript of DSM-5 EPPP Lecture Video: Parkinson’s Disease

NARRATIVE DEFINITION: Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive neurological disorder caused by the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons within the substantia nigra, a subcortical area related to voluntary motor movement, and the nigrostriatal pathway, a neural tract heading to the striatum from the substantia nigra. The neurotransmitter dopamine is involved in the coordination of smooth and complex movement; dopamine deficits result in impaired motor activity. Severely decreased levels of dopamine in individuals with Parkinson’s Disease cause the disorder’s most characteristic symptoms: resting tremor, rigidity, bradykinesia (i.e., slowness), and postural instability.

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MCAT Will Test Knowledge of Psychology

The AAMC will be changing the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in 2015 to ensure that students wishing to enter medical school are proficient in basic psychology.

On their website the AAMC announced that the MCAT changes would involve adding 59 new questions to the test to cover the Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior.

These changes to the MCAT reflect the rise of multi-disciplinary approaches to the health professions, as seen in the increased popularity of Recovery-Oriented Approaches. These approaches are emphasizing that all health professionals should be trained to work together in order to better understand the relationship between mental health disorders, addictions, past trauma and psychological factors that affect physical and mental health.

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