With the launch of the EPPP2, also known as the Enhanced EPPP, beginning in January 2020, it’s time to start getting prepared for the new version of this examination for licensing psychologists. The ASPPB is preparing the implement this new version of the long standing EPPP to reflect changes in the psychology profession, and this iteration of the exam will test several new competencies to reflect the changing landscape of psychologist duties.   


Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a look at some of the new areas the EPPP2 will test and what domains within the area the exam will ask about. This week, we’re focusing on the domain Relational Competence.

As the field of psychology becomes broader and more diverse, the ASPPB has added this section to ensure clinicians are prepared to enter into professional and clinical relationships which are both meaningful and supportive to their clientele. The Relational Competence domain will ask questions related to relationship building with in two different sections, diversity and relationships. This section ensures psychologists can work with groups and individuals from diverse backgrounds and situations.

Part 1 of this domain will focus on your ability to take the theory and professional guidelines you learned in school and internship setting and apply it in a clinical setting. The exam will test whether you can follow professional guidelines and up to date research when working with diverse clientele. It will look at your ability to apply these skills with different cultures, while remaining respectful and aware of differences at individual, organizational and cultural levels. Finally, you’ll need to show awareness of how your own identity impacts your work.

Part 2 examines your effectiveness at engaging in work in a wide variety of settings, ranging from individual clients to groups to communities, that is productive and meaningful. It’s important to demonstrate strong professional communication skills, empathy, and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with diverse clientele.

Part 3 will expect you to show high levels of professional respect in a variety of situations. This includes being able to work effectively with colleagues and clients who hold differing views from you. You’ll need to show you can ask questions and respectfully reach understanding with clients as a first step in relationship building.

Finally, Part 4 takes a look at your relationship building competence when experiencing professional conflict. Questions in this portion will gauge your effectiveness as managing disagreements and difficult client situations. This includes being able to identify and manage any reactions you experience when this comes up.

The whole team at AATBS is getting set for the new exam by preparing the most cutting edge, up to date study materials on the Relationship Competence domain! In the meantime, if you plan to take the EPPP before the EPPP2 gets launched in your state, you can check out our study materials here.