Posted by on Wed, 06/14/2017 - 7:36pm

The Therapist Development Center is pleased to announce our Veterans Service Scholarship Program:

Scholarships of $500 will be awarded to five 2nd year MSW students who have veteran status via a DD214 form and who demonstrate strong clinical skills and a commitment to clinical social work. Active duty service members may also apply. Applicable documentation can be scanned and sent to Heidi at

Applicants must be enrolled in their 2nd year at an MSW graduate school program. Scholarship money can be used to pay for tuition, books, housing, or transportation. The 2017 application is available beginning June 13th, 2017, with a submission deadline of July 31st, 2017. No exceptions....

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Posted by Bethany Vanderbilt LCSW on Thu, 05/30/2013 - 11:15am

Hey TDC Community!  We’ve been getting a lot of questions recently about the DSM V and how it’s going to affect the ASWB LCSW Exam and LMSW Exam.

First, let's take a deep breath.

Second, let’s take a look at what the ASWB has to say about it:

“The current ASWB examinations reflect the content contained in the DSM-IV-TR. ASWB is always committed to providing sufficient information to social work candidates to prepare for ASWB examinations.No changes to the ASWB examinations that reflect only DSM-5 will be made before January 2015.”

If you’re studying for...

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Posted by Amanda Rowan LCSW on Thu, 04/25/2013 - 2:05pm

At this point, most social work associates and MFT interns have heard about the planned changes to the LCSW and MFT exams in California.  On a daily basis I am contacted with questions about how the Therapist Development Center is planning for these changes. Well, here’s some big news…

The BBS has just announced that there will be a delayed implementation of the LCSW and MFT exam changes. The new exams were scheduled to begin as of January 1, 2014 (it was already pushed back once from the January 1, 2013). A new release date has not yet been announced...

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Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 12/18/2012 - 12:00am


This article marks the first in a series of "10 Things I Wish I Knew about...." focused on helping MFT trainees and interns. Today we will discuss finding that gosh darn (paid?) MFT Internship. You finally have your Masters degree and have filed your application to be a registered intern. Congrats! Now your sights are squarely focused on finding a paid MFT internship to take you through those remaining hours. Easier said than done? Maybe, maybe not.

1. Location, location, location. Your ability to get a paid MFT internship may depend less on your fantastic background as a trainee and more on where you live or decide to live. For example, where I...

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Posted by Emily Pellegrino LMSW on Thu, 12/13/2012 - 12:00am


We are starting to get slim pickings for the blog terms this week.  As such, this week's term is xenophobia.  While it may not be at the top of the list of things to study, it still can't hurt to know it as you study for the LMSW exam. On that note, let's get started with a sample question.

Sample Question:

Which of the following BEST describes xenophobia?

A. A persistant fear of confined spaces.

B. A pattern of behavior, frequently seen in victims of spouse abuse and child abuse, in which the individual responds passively to risks of harm.

C. A dislike or...

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Posted by Bethany Vanderbilt LCSW on Tue, 12/11/2012 - 12:00am


As mental health practitioners, we are ethically bound to provide services in a culturally competent way.  Whether you're preparing for the LCSW exam or MFT exam, you'll need to demonstrate your ability to identify and address cultural issues on a variety of test items.

Let's take a look at one way this topic might come up on your LCSW exam or MFT exam.


A 35 year-old black woman engages in treatment with a white therapist to address feelings of depression related to a recent divorce and custody battle.  In the initial sessions, the therapist and client connect easily and...

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Posted by Emily Pellegrino LMSW on Thu, 12/06/2012 - 12:00am



Well this week we are looking at something that many of our clients may deal with or use which is welfare, and ultimately the rights to welfare.  While this may seem like an obvious term it can't hurt to take a closer look at it.  Let's get started with a sample question to help you prepare for the LMSW exam.

Sample Question:

Which of the following BEST defines welfare rights?
A. The advantages or benefits one derives from a physical or mental illness, such as attention, freedom from responsibility, and disability benefits.
B. An alliance of...

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Posted by Bethany Vanderbilt LCSW on Tue, 12/04/2012 - 6:44pm


What pieces should you consider when you answer questions about community work or advocacy on your social work exam?

If you're preparing for a social work exam (whether it's the Master's level or Clinical level) or an MFT exam, chances are you'll need to know something about working on a community level and/or providing advocacy services for clients. As we've seen in weeks past, knowing the role that the therapist is in gives the test-taker a...

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Posted by Emily Pellegrino LMSW on Thu, 11/29/2012 - 2:59pm


What do you need to know about values for the LMSW exam?

We are getting close to the end of our LMSW Exam Prep ABC's Blog! This week's term is values. I'd say values, along with self-determination, is up there in terms of their importance in the social work field. It's necessary that we keep our client's values in mind because while something may be important to us, it's not always important to our client's as well. Let's get started with a sample questions to help you differentiate between this term and...

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Posted by Bethany Vanderbilt LCSW on Tue, 11/27/2012 - 7:17pm


What do you need to know about research to PASS your LCSW exam or MFT exam? Let TDC help!

Hopefully by now you've come out of your tryptophan-induced haze and are back into the swing of studying. This week, our topic is research, and while it doesn't make up a big proportion of questions on the LCSW exam or MFT exam, it is important to have certain aspects of this topic under your belt before you take your test.

Here's one way it might come up on your LCSW exam or MFT exam.

A therapist in a community...

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