How Many Practice Exams Should I Take Before Taking the ASWB Exam?

Practice exams are one of the best ways of preparing for the ASWB Masters and Clinical exams. That said, like any tool, practice exams will only help you if you are using them properly. Use practice exams as a way to: Do not use practice exams to: Taking this into account, how many practice exams… Read More How Many Practice Exams Should I Take Before Taking the ASWB Exam?

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

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

Toward a Scientific Method: Social Work and the Charity Organization Societies

So, what better day to think about social work than on Thanksgiving! It’s a day where hopefully most of us can take a day for self-care, or go out on the field and do some good work with charitable communities. However, in today’s #TBT post and look at one of the first founding organizations in… Read More Toward a Scientific Method: Social Work and the Charity Organization Societies

A Crash Course in Motivational Interviewing

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

What Do You Do? Cocktails and Social Work Roles.

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.