42| Licensure in Psychology: Purpose and Process – A Conversation With Dr. Joel Kamper

We talked with Joel Kamper, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, regarding licensure requirements to practice as a clinical psychologist, and how these requirements vary across states and provinces.  In addition to providing an overview of the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), Joel discusses his role in the development of the EPPP Part 2-Skills.

A pdf of the transcript for this episode is available here.

Topics Covered (with time stamps and resources)

  • Joel discusses the professions in the field of psychology that require a license (3:18)
  • Joel discusses circumstances in which a psychologist would practice under the license of another clinician (4:28)
  • Joel discusses the  purpose of licensure for psychologists (6:20)
  • The title of psychologist is a protected legal term (7:36)
  • Joel explains the role of each state or provincial licensing board (9:38)
  • We discuss the American Psychological Association’s (APA) code and unethical practice (10:54)
  • Educational training requirements for licensure (11:50)
  • Challenges associated with seeking licensure with a non-APA accredited doctoral degree (13:19)
  • Joel discusses the minimum requirement of supervised clinical hours (17:05) and how to record them (18:17)
  • Professional psychological organizations that allow trainees to bank their credentials throughout training (21:18)
  • Ryan provides an overview of the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP; 23:33)
  • Joel provides general advice for the EPPP (24:12)
  • Ryan and John discuss their personal strategies for the EPPP (26:09)
  • Joel shares his preparation for the EPPP (28:59)
  • Developing a strategy that works best for you (33:40)
  • When to take the EPPP (38:10)
  • Transferring licensure across different states (40:01)
  • Joel explains remediation for the EPPP (41:31)
  • EPPP-Part 2 is based on competency (42:51) and basic abilities (47:24)
  • Joel’s role in the development of the EPPP Part 2-Skills (48:09)
  • Ryan reiterates that the goal is to develop competency to practice (48:54)
  • An overview of the different types of exams that vary across states (52:09)
  • Joel explains the actual application for licensure (55:38) and cost (57:28)
  • Closing advice for students regarding the licensure process (1:00:53)

About Joel

Joel E. Kamper, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, (aka “the licensure sheriff”) is the training director for the Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, FL, where he is involved in clinical practice, research, and resident education.  Dr. Kamper is also actively involved in test development and licensure, and currently serves as a content development leader on the EPPP family of exams.