- The California Clinical Exam changed as of January 1, 2021. Our team at AATBS is committed to keeping you up to date on the changes to the California Clinical Exam (CCE). The Board of Behavioral Sciences’ new version of the CCE reflects the current responsibilities and duties for licensed marriage and family therapists, as well as evolving changes in the field. The 2021 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Clinical Examination Outline provides new domain categories and new domain topics, with adjusted percentages. There are areas that have carried over from the previous version of the exam such as law and ethics, treatment modalities, DSM-5, and risk assessment, among others.
As I am sure we are all aware, this year has been quite challenging for all of us. Whether you are a young mom attempting to teach your kids at the dining room table or recently struggling with a job loss, grief, or a recent COVID diagnosis, studying during this time presents its own unique challenges. The EPPP is a difficult exam that requires sufficient time and preparation. For many, just the thought of studying for this exam might be met with overwhelming feelings. If you are planning to take the EPPP in the next few months, here are just a few things to consider:
Although it sounds like a nearly impossible task, doing your best to “demystify” the exam will help settle your anxiety. Not knowing the hardship in front of you can certainly raise your anxiety which will not help with the feelings of overwhelm which you are undoubtedly already facing. It is important to familiarize yourself with the exam as much as possible. Read blogs about it, look up facts, find out more about your testing site, and even ask colleagues and acquaintances who have taken the exam before. Knowing what lies ahead will help you feel more confident about the entire process.
- Among the many challenging aspects of taking your exam is managing your time. You have four hours to complete the exam, which means that you have approximately 1-1/2 minutes per question. The worst thing that can happen is that you don’t manage to complete all of the questions, so learning how to manage your time is essential to passing your exam.