Articles by Sofie Champassak, Ph.D.

Sofie is a San Diego native and returned home after completing her PhD in Clinical Psychology in Kansas City and her predoctoral internship in Los Angeles. She has trained with the VA Healthcare System for 5 years and recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the VA San Diego Healthcare System in Primary Care Mental Health Integration and Tobacco Cessation. She is part of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and primarily uses MI, CBT, and mindfulness techniques with clients. She provides MI workshops to psychology trainees, medical residents, and health providers. She also runs a private practice with her wife hoping to improve access to evidence-based treatments to underrepresented communities. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the beach, catching the sunset, mindful cooking, and photography.

What I Learned from Failing the EPPP

What I Learned from Failing the EPPP

The Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) is something every psychology graduate student dreads. After spending years in school, hours reading, writing, applying for internship and fellowship, and collecting clinical hours, the day has finally come for that very last step.

Of course, it’s normal to feel anxious about the EPPP. Many have said, “You feel like you’re failing it the whole time you’re taking it, but it will be fine.” Or there’s an optimistic tone of, “You’re going to be fine, you’ll do great! You just need a score of 500 to pass.”

Then there are the aftermath celebrations and Facebook updates: “I passed the EPPP!” Or, “Another step closer to being licensed!”

I found it so rare and uncommon for my peers to speak about the other possibility: What happens if you don’t pass?