Major Changes Coming to the Social Work Licensing Exams

One of the frustrations students face when taking the social work exam is questioning how well the exam measures how “good” of a social worker they are. After all, even if we aim to be evidence-based practitioners, much of the work we do can be highly subjective and relational–hardly something a multiple choice test can… Read More Major Changes Coming to the Social Work Licensing Exams

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?

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

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

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