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European Pain Federation Diploma in Pain Psychology

Due to travel and meeting restrictions created by the COVID-19 crisis, the European Pain Federation EFIC has unfortunately been unable to organise any examinations in 2020. If you are interested in taking the exam in 2021, sign up via the button below and we will be in touch as soon as updates become available.

The purpose of the EDPPsy is to improve the standard of pain assessment and treatment through the provision of a qualification for psychologists that tests their broad understanding of all types of pain and their treatment. The content of the Examination is based upon the European Pain Federation EFIC Curriculum for the European Diploma in Pain Psychology (‘the Curriculum’) and accompanying reading list. The EDPPsy is open to all qualified psychologists who see and treat people with pain. Demonstrable possession of a Psychology Degree or Diploma is required, as well as evidence of registration with your national authority or professional body to certify your status as a physiotherapist. Appropriate clinical experience in pain assessment and treatment is essential. The EDPPsy is open to psychologists qualified to work in a hospital setting, assisting patients with rehabilitative efforts following illness or disease. Diplomas obtained via online or short-term courses are, in general, not acceptable. The Examination is composed of three parts:

  • Part 1 – a multiple-choice question (MCQ) examination (90 minutes, 35%)
  • Part 2 – a series of practical clinical skills examinations (20 minutes, 30%)
  • Part 3 – a viva examination – including case study reports (15 minutes, 35%)
The pass mark for the examination is 65%
MCQs (35%) The MCQ examination is designed to test the participants’ knowledge of the curriculum. The MCQ examination will feature 50 questions. Each question will be composed of a stem followed by three to six answer statements. Each answer statement will either be true or false. There will be no negative marking. The time provided for the MCQ examination will be 90 minutes. The MCQ examination will be in paper form, and answers will be marked using either a pen or a pencil. Participants should take care to ensure that one choice of either true or false is marked per answer statement.
Clinical Skills Examination
Clinical Skills Examination (30%) The Clinical Skills Examination will test the participants’ clinical skills, handling and communication skills. The candidate will be asked to demonstrate 10 diagnostic or treatment skills, each representing a clinical situation.
Viva (35%)

The viva is designed to test the participants’ clinical experience, reasoning, attitude and communication skills.

A viva is an oral examination in which the applicant is asked to engage in a dialogue with two examiners. The viva will be based on three case study reports submitted by the applicant. The case study reports themselves will be assessed, as well as the viva.

Eligibility criteria
Candidates will be accepted for participation if they meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Demonstrable possession of a Psychology Degree or Diploma
  • Evidence of registration with your national authority or professional body to certify your status as a psychologist
  • Curriculum Vitae detailing at least three years’ clinical work in which patients with pain have been assessed and treated
  • Letter of support or endorsement from two referees. For example, a head of department, clinical director or senior colleague. Endorsement letter should state that the candidate is in good standing in their country, and in their department, and is involved in seeing and managing patients with pain on a regular basis.
  • Completion of application form online
  • Strong working knowledge of English (oral and written)
  • Payment of fees ahead of the requested deadline
  • Submission of three case study reports as per case study instructions
The Examination content, both written and oral, will be in English. Participants are advised that a high-level of spoken and written English is required. Translation or interpretation services are not possible for this Examination.
A non-refundable registration fee of 250 Euros is required for participation in the Examination.