The Private Practice Start-Up

One of the reasons I’m passionate about helping other therapists get licensed is because of the freedom licensure provides. If you’re straight out of graduate school, it’s the gateway to your first job. If you’re further along, it’s a gateway that can potentially allow the freedom of independent practice. Freedom might look different to everyone—for… Read More The Private Practice Start-Up

Medical Conditions and the Social Work Exam

Quiz time again! A social worker is working with a 21 year-old transgender college student who has reported several panic attacks since starting university. The client has reported no known triggers and is doing well academically, however stating that it’s often accompanied by severe stomach cramps or indigestion. What should the social worker do FIRST? A.… Read More Medical Conditions and the Social Work Exam

Social Work Exam Tip: Breaking Down the Question and Staying Where the Client’s at

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

Learning with Emotion and through Relationship

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