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How to Better Understand Personality Disorders for the LCSW & MFT Exam

Submitted by Bethany Vanderb... on Wed, 04/25/2012 - 2:10am

Ah, Personality Disorders.  This category of disorders is guaranteed to come up on the exam, both in terms of differential diagnosis and in terms of treatment interventions/approaches.  Let's take a look at a sample test item:   Sample:

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What Do You Need to Know About Sexual Disorders for the LCSW & MFT Exam?

Submitted by Bethany Vanderb... on Wed, 04/18/2012 - 2:17am

This week, we're taking a look at Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders.  It's important that you feel comfortable bringing up the issue of sex with your clients; they may present with feelings of shame, embarrassment, anger or confusion and it's essential that you demonstrate your ability to work with them by introducing sex as an acceptable topic for discussion.&n

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LCSW & MFT Exam Prep: Let's Better Understand Health-Related Disorders

Submitted by Bethany Vanderb... on Wed, 04/11/2012 - 1:44am

Are You Studying for the LCSW or MFT Exam? Let's Explore Grief & Bereavement

Submitted by Bethany Vanderb... on Wed, 04/04/2012 - 1:58am

Hey all, this week we are looking at grief and Bereavement.  This topic comes up on the exam in a few ways: differential diagnosis (usually between Bereavement, Adjustment Disorder, and Major Depressive Disorder); stages of grief; and the expression of grief throughout the life cycle. Here's a sample question to get us going: Sample

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Preparing for the LCSW & MFT Exam: Anxiety Disorders

Submitted by Bethany Vanderb... on Wed, 03/28/2012 - 5:47pm

Again, my apologies for the delay in getting the post up.  This week, we’re looking at Anxiety Disorders.  These can come up on the exam in a variety of ways: in reference to medications, treatment modalities, diagnoses…the list is long.  Here’s a sample question to get us thinking about differential diagnoses:

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Apologies...

Submitted by Amanda Rowan LCSW on Wed, 03/28/2012 - 2:05am

Due to some technical difficulties, I was unable to complete the blog today.  Fear not!  It will be up sometime before noon EST on Wednesday.  Thanks for your patience!

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Getting Ready for the LCSW & MFT Exam? Let's Explore Mood Disorders

Submitted by Bethany Vanderb... on Wed, 03/21/2012 - 3:01am

It’s Tuesday…late on Tuesday, but still Tuesday, so it’s Hot Topic time!   Now that we’re into the diagnostic categories, it’s important to start looking at questions and thinking about differential diagnoses – what information do you need for an initial diagnostic impression?  What are the features that distinguish similar disorders from one another?&nbs

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Understanding Psychotic Disorders in Preparation for the LCSW & MFT Exam

Submitted by Bethany Vanderb... on Wed, 03/14/2012 - 2:23am

Preparing for the LCSW & MFT Exam: Disorders Usually Diagnosed in Infancy, Childhood, and Adolescence

Submitted by Bethany Vanderb... on Wed, 03/07/2012 - 3:40am

This week’s Hot Topic is a little different – there are many clinicians out there who have never (and will never) treat or work with an infant, child, or adolescent…so why do we have to know about disorders that are usually diagnosed duriThis week’s Hot Topic is a little different – there are many clinicians out th

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Studying for the LCSW or MFT Exam? Let's take a look at Substance Use, Abuse & Dependence

Submitted by Bethany Vanderb... on Wed, 02/29/2012 - 3:32am

It's Hot Topics Tuesday and this week we're looking at substance abuse.  Regardless of what setting you work in or the population that you work with, you will come across clients who are dealing with the ill effects of substance use, abuse or dependence.

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