Quiz time. During the interview process, what is the MOST important thing a social worker should know that will strengthen their assessment skills? A. Always performing an assessment at the beginning of treatment. B. Assessment is an ongoing process that occurs at all stages of treatment. C. An assessment can only be done after a… Read More The Secret of Assessment
One of the most common challenges students I work with face is not so much their grasp of the content (you earned your MSW, after all), but a struggle with “reading” what the question is asking for. Let’s look at the following question for an example: “A social worker is working with a 25 year-old… Read More Social Work Exam Tip: Breaking Down the Question and Staying Where the Client’s at
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As we conclude this Memorial Day, a day that means many things for people across the country: gratitude, grief, or calm remembrance, I wanted to dedicate a post to social work with the military. Many social workers themselves either come from military families (self-disclosure: in my case, my father), or are servicemen and women themselves.… Read More Social Work with the Military
One common stressor I’ve seen with students I tutor is that oftentimes they are under a sort of pressure (to varying degrees) from their places of employment, and/or themselves to pass the exam. Sometimes passing the licensing exam means being able to keep their current job, or becoming employed at all.
One of the most striking ideas I encountered in all of my graduate school reading assignments was one attributed to Dan Siegel, “We feel, therefore we learn.” (Source) In other words, we must connect to something before we integrate it as part of ourselves. One of my favorite professors loved Dan Siegel and his research and… Read More Learning with Emotion and through Relationship
“You need to make mistakes in rehearsal because that’s how you find out what works and what doesn’t.” – Clarke Peters Some time ago, I had written a post about battling text anxiety. One of the hopeful takeaway points is that if you’ve graduated from your MSW program, you already know this stuff. The test,… Read More Dress Rehearsal: Taking A Full Practice Exam
It seems to be a rite of passage that when you enter social work school, you’ll have that one (or several) professor(s) who will say, “you know you’re not going to make a lot of money, right?” The class will usually have a mixture of reactions. Many will laugh, one or several people will vocalize social work… Read More Money and Social Work
One of the very first pieces of advice that I tell students (and although I’m not affiliated with the ASWB, I think that they would agree with me too) is that the number one thing to avoid doing on the exam is using “tricks” or “tips.” Sometimes this impulse comes from attending well-intentioned bootcamps that will… Read More Magic Tricks: What Not To Do For The Exam
Pop quiz time! A social worker is doing an intake assessment at an inpatient psychiatric unit with a 45 year-old male client, who states he is Godzilla. The client has no known history of substance abuse, which resulted negative during toxicology. Medical rule out for any other neurological conditions is also negative. What is the… Read More Magical Thinking: Delusions, Reality, and Treatment.