For social workers who work in addictions, motivational interviewing has become the treatment of choice for working with populations in recovery or living with substance use. Motivational interviewing, pioneered by psychologist William R. Millner, Ph.D., and professor Stephen R. Rollnick, Ph.D., also has common ties with Carl Rogers’ person-centered therapy and social work values. Clients… Read More A Crash Course in Motivational Interviewing
We often think of self-care as something we do outside of the workplace. Since self-care encompasses our different dimensions of needs (Check out SUNY Buffalo’s great social work resource on this): physical, psychological, emotional, relational, and spiritual/existential, it makes sense that many of the only places we can meet those needs are outside of school… Read More Top Five Ways To Add Self-Care To The Work And School Week
I recently attended a creative exhibit sponsored by a friend’s nonprofit organization when one of the guests there struck up a conversation with me. Naturally, being in New York, it’s interesting how we often jump to asking someone about what they do before even remembering their name. As social workers, because our field covers a… Read More What Do You Do? Cocktails and Social Work Roles.
From the NASW (1996) Code of Ethics: (c) Social workers should not engage in dual or multiple relationships with clients or former clients in which there is a risk of exploitation or potential harm to the client. In instances when dual or multiple relationships are unavoidable, social workers should take steps to protect clients and… Read More Dual Relationships
Happy Monday being over! Hopefully you had some good self-care this weekend and are ready to tackle work or internship! The years spent in social work school can be challenging, especially since in most cases we don’t choose our field placements and even after graduation, have to adjust to the new role of working professional.… Read More Top Five Ways to Create a Positive Agency Experience
We’re halfway through September and many of you may either be in full-swing of your first or final year of graduate school, or first year of “real world” employment (which, from personal experience, can still feel like a new year because my internal schedule is still in academic year mode; it will adjust, eventually). Even… Read More Back to…Continuing Education
Aside from this blog, I also work at an agency, a fee-for-service private practice under an LCSW, and I also tutor new grads and current students in the NYC metro area for the LMSW exam. While this is not a sponsored ad for my services (However, now that I shamelessly alluded to it, if you… Read More Should You Hire a Personal Tutor To Pass the Social Work Exam?
Ok, so maybe you have the intellectual side of the test under control; you have your materials, your review books, and have taken as many online practice questions as possible. But what if you’re a person that doesn’t feel that they test well, or are just feeling especially nervous as the day for your scheduled… Read More Battling Test Anxiety
Question time again! A social worker employed at an agency that offers short-term mental health services is treating a client with major depressive disorder who she will be working with for the next six months. Which is the MOST appropriate treatment approach?* A. Insight-oriented therapy. B. Person-centered therapy. C. Cognitive-behavioral therapy. D. Solution-focused brief therapy.
One of the most essential things for succeeding in taking the social work exam and not failing is to memorize absolutely everything. Kidding (I will have a blog post on managing test anxiety shortly)! However, this is an important question for preparing for the exam: What works better, studying the content, or taking as many… Read More Studying Content Versus Taking Practice Exams