The “R Word”: Research Methods and the Social Work Licensing Exams

Research tends to be one of social work student’s least favorite subjects. Maybe it’s PTSD from undergrad statistics, the desire to “just do social work” and help, or boredom with just how plain dry it can be for those who did not choose it as a concentration. After all, many of us were attracted to… Read More The “R Word”: Research Methods and the Social Work Licensing Exams

What Are the Three Types of Questions on the ASWB Social Work Licensing Exams?

One of the most important points to drive home is that the social work licensure exam is not a memorization test. While knowing your theoretical models and four major content areas is important, the licensure exam is designed to measure for competencies as much as it is designed to measure for knowledge. All together these… Read More What Are the Three Types of Questions on the ASWB Social Work Licensing Exams?

Psychoanalytic Theory and the Social Work Exam

While it would take years to completely review the depth of psychoanalytic theory and its branches (Freudian/classical, Jungian, Ego Psychology, Object Relations, Self-Psychology…), the social work exam doesn’t expect you to be a fully trained analyst. Psychoanalytic theory can initially seem archaic or “out of use” to many students (A question I hear often: “What… Read More Psychoanalytic Theory and the Social Work Exam

When and For How Long Should I Study For The Social Work Licensure Exam?

Many students who contact me for tutoring often ask how long they should prep for the exam. For students taking the Masters Exam (the LMSW in many states), my general recommendation is to start studying as soon as you can after graduation. It can take several weeks to submit the required paperwork for your state—transcripts… Read More When and For How Long Should I Study For The Social Work Licensure Exam?

Top Seven Tips To Raise Your Exam Score And Confidence

I often have students who contact me for tutoring who have had frustrating experiences with the social work licensure exam—either because they missed a passing score by a couple of points, or because they just don’t feel confident about being able to score well or maintain focus during a four-hour test. If you were like… Read More Top Seven Tips To Raise Your Exam Score And Confidence

How To Apply For Your LMSW License In New York State

There are only two weeks left to the semester across many social work schools in the country, and despite the emotional disruption of interrupting work with clients, not being able to have a traditional semester, nor even mark their achievements with the transitional ritual of commencement, many students have been tapping into their resilience to… Read More How To Apply For Your LMSW License In New York State