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?
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
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
Happy new year! If getting licensed is one of your new year’s resolutions, here are some tips that you want to be mindful of as you go into the new year. 1—Start as early as possible. If you’re still in school, it’s not too early to do your research. Look up your state’s board of… Read More Five Tips for Getting Your Social Work License This Year
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
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
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
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.
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
Last Thursday, I went to my first-time event for a Meetup group targeted to therapists in New York City. Four social workers, two licensed mental health counselors, and a psychiatric nurse practitioner walked into a bar…complete the joke at your will. Because we are awesome and low-maintenance (and totally not the stereotype of the stuffy… Read More Beyond the Study Group: Fostering Relationships with Peer Social Workers