MFT Reviews

Words cannot fully express the depth of my gratitude and appreciation to have found Amanda Rowan, LCSW, and the Therapist Development Center for the California State MFT and Social Work licensing exams.

The TDC's approach for me was “the least amount of stress with the greatest amount of efficiency possible.” Of course one still has to apply oneself and do the work, but they have a gift for streamlining it. When I studied with them my confidence level was genuinely boosted, unlike when I studied with other test prep companies, where the task was made to seem overly burdensome, and at times not relevant to the goal of passing these exams. That this is a field where on-going education is necessary and will be continuously required, goes without saying. Amanda is one of those “naturally gifted teachers” where the material seems to make sense and to be “highly accessible” in the way she organizes and breaks it down.  She brings a deep understanding of the “style” of the exam, based on how the BBS views it, and helps students focus on areas that are relevant and more likely to be tested, in her estimation.

The TDC reviews the theories and differential diagnoses in a way that is very manageable, and covers the most important highlights. They saved me an enormous amount of stress and energy on both exams through their effective methods and efficient, common sense strategies and techniques. I found the TDC to be nothing short of “brilliant” as a trusted and knowledgeable colleague with whom I was fortunate enough to study for these exams in an “on-demand” way that accommodated my personal schedule.

In the sample vignettes and mock exams, they do not simply give the correct answers/answer sets, or rationales, but talks and walks candidates through the thought processes and reasoning for how they arrived at those answers and why the other answers/answer sets were not correct. I found great comfort in hearing Amanda's voice, as if she was my personal test prep coach, right there helping me and believing in me at the same time. Through this training, I found myself beginning to think like her, to hear her voice and thought processes in my head, which was enormously helpful for both exams.
The TDC's belief and confidence in their test prep candidates was nothing short of refreshing. Their respect for the education and clinical experience their candidates bring, and for their time, energy, and available resources to prepare for these exams was a lifesaver. In addition, the TDC's prices are extremely fair and reasonable.

For the first exam, the “Top 50” areas were enormously helpful, and for the second exam, the frames kept my focus on the exact question being asked each time. The TDC has a gift of giving “not too much” and “not too little” but very much what is needed to do well on the exams.

I recommend the Therapist Development Center's work very highly and without reservation to colleagues, if one is dedicated and also willing to do one’s part in the test prep process. Again Amanda is a naturally gifted teacher, excellent communicator and strategist, and truly cares that her students are well prepared and do well on their licensing exams.

Thank you so much Amanda and TDC. What a gift it was to study with you, to feel confident, and to pass both MFT exams the first time. Kudos to you!!! I am so thankful you decided to do this work, and also that the timing worked so well with my path. Thank you so much again!!! I am extremely happy and grateful, with your help, to be a newly licensed Marriage and Family Therapist!!!

The TDC provides structured and organized guidance for interns preparing for the MFT and LCSW licensure exams. I found the TDC to be helpful and clear in their approach to coaching me in the exam prep process.

Everyone I know who has used the Therapist Development Center (TDC) has passed & sensed they were doing so during the exams. What this says is that the tests are more straightforward than the big companies (Aatabs; Gerry Grossman, & Berkeley Training Associates) lead us to believe. Knowing this, I don’t advise going in cold, due to the six-month wait & re-testing fees, but I would choose a company that streamlines materials to the exams, enjoys a 95%+ pass rate, costs less, delivers more, & is dedicated to helping interns: A company with smarts & heart, like the TDC. Excellent beginning clinicians fail these exams as often as struggling ones, leading to more sales, like expensive coaching & company-induced anxiety management tools. While anxiety management is crucial, I suggest that interns’ first tune in & listen to such, as it may well be warning you that the big prep companies are not on your side: They mislead interns’ with conflicting rationales, impose material not being tested, blame their own inconsistencies on the BBS, & waste everyone’s time, money & energy. While my experience with Aatabs & GG felt traumatizing, finding & working with the TDC was truly as breath of fresh air. You can trust the TDC, which is a rare & wonderful gift, within a field that consistently exploits interns.

The TDC is the voice of sanity after dealing with confusion and contradictory information and rationales of the big companies tests banks for MFT's. Everything the TDC taught was spot on. I am very grateful to them for making this process understandable and straight forward for me. Using the TDC strategies, along with having a solid knowledge base, I passed the CV on my first try. I highly recommend the TDC exam coaching.

I passed both MFT exams the first time because of the Therapist Development Center. The strategies are simple and right on. I can't say enough great things about the TDC. They are the best!

The TDC test preparation course was essential to my passing the CV examination. The TDC has this amazing ability to instill confidence in test takers. In addition, the study materials such as the L& E quiz, theory quiz, the frames, as well as the practice vignettes played an absolute crucial role in my test preparation. I would highly recommend to anyone preparing for this exam to obtain the training that is offered at The Therapist Development Center. The TDC is #1 in my books and I highly recommend it.

I wanted to let you know that I took the CV exam yesterday and passed! Your testing strategies were right on and I flew through the test with confidence! Thank you so much for your information, I truly believe in your program and will be referring all of my work colleagues (I work in an agency) to you. Most testing companies want you to give them at least 6-8 weeks, which is totally bogus. You had me ready in 2 1/2 weeks and I can't thank you enough! It is such a relief to have the whole process completed.

After three times failing the MFT Written Exam, I had to find another way to prepare for the MFT written test.  I needed effective strategies, a process to depend on, instead of straight memorization and reading rationales (that I didn't understand) given from other test companies. 

I used (Aatabs and Gerry Grossman test banks) and after hundreds and hundreds of dollars spent, and hundreds and hundreds of study hours, I didn't succeed with their test preparation methods.  Fortunately, a friend told me about, The Therapist Development Center.  She shared that The Therapist Development Center offered a clear and direct process to pass the exam without spending months on end to study.  

After speaking with the Director of the Therapist Center, I felt confident to use their strategies.  Their method really worked, it was the first time the information processed into my brain! I advise anyone with a process learning issue, to try the Therapist Center.  It made all the difference in the world!  Within five weeks, I took the exam for the fourth time and passed!     

I am now eager to take the Vignette exam......I know I will pass with the support of the Therapist Development Center, they were with me all the way!

My experience with the Therapist Development Center was a completely positive one. I had colleagues who had taken a course from a competitor and left feeling like the exam was unpredictable and unfairly written. On the other hand, I left my course confident that I understood what was *really* being asked, and that I would definitely pass on my first try. The methods used by TDC are very different from those used by the bigger companies, and I found them to be much more useful and clear. 

Dear TDC,

I passed the MFT Clinical Vignette exam this morning with ease. I must share with you that I found your coaching to be THE SIGNIFICANT FACTOR in my passing. I purchased your program about three weeks ago and followed it completely.

I also purchased the Gerry Grossman testbank because I was worried that I needed more practice doing the tests. WRONG. I took one of his tests yesterday (the day before the real exam) to gauge my timing and practice. I got 49% on this test! I actually burst into tears and was so incredibly discouraged. This completely put me into a tailspin for about an hour. So, I took a walk and did a guided imagery exercise to push that experience away from my consciousness. Frankly, purchasing his test bank was a complete waste of money for me.

I regrouped my energy and spent the rest of the afternoon reviewing all of your training materials and listening to your final pep talk several times. I slept well. I ate an apple in the morning and drove in a sort of zen-like state to take the test. I was so stunned at how easy the actual test was for me. I used the frames and really sank into the experience of it. The most helpful thing I personally gleaned from your training was your encouragement to "lean into the test." This really propelled me to keep moving and do it with confidence. It was a mind-blowing experience! Also, I had gotten 85% on your final test and that made me feel confident that I could pass.

I am so grateful to have discovered your training. THANK YOU so much. I will definitely refer everyone I know to use your services. I know you will continue to be successful at what you do because it is so important. Thank you!

One more HAPPY customer.

I have wrestled with test anxiety and academic challenges my entire life. I chose my undergrad and grad schools based almost entirely on the fact that they did not test. Your program was so exactly what I needed: you helped me pass the test. You didn't try to tell me crap I couldn't use, didn't need, was confusing or contributed to my level of insecurity. From the first time I heard your voice, I felt reassured and instantly "Knew" I would get my license. Thank you for understanding the test enough to honor it's importance and respecting me enough to know that I just wanted to pass. You are doing the world a great service. I hope you honor yourself for that. I want you to know that I recommend your program to everyone I meet who is in test-prep mode. Thank you again for your wonderful work.

I passed my MFT Exam - yesterday at 4 pm!!! Still kind of in shock, my body is not cooperating fully, but I am slowing down gradually and definitely need a break!.

I want you to extend my heartfelt thanks to you for your wonderful program. I honestly believe that I could have taken the test and passed on using your materials alone, having taken the test (the questions did make sense, as you have said)

I wish I had found the TDC sooner. I could not happily recommend the other company’s program to anyone. It demands spending a lot of time and energy in an obsessive fussiness (not my natural style, not healthy at all for anyone I might add, which you already knew). Taking and retaking those test banks at the beginning, intimidating people to stuff one's head with a bunch of unnecessary facts and theories. The sense of overwhelm in his whole program tends to erode one's self-confidence and caused me to literally dissociate and have a trauma response :-)  So antithetical to natural learning  Listening to his voice on tape, I might add (the little I did before I found you), was excruciating... and I swear, he sounds like he is over-medicated on anti-depressants, the old kind! I know that sounds insensitive, but a sense of humor about it at this point is the only way to go.  What that company does is so contradictory to what is needed, that I can't help but feeling ripped off. Oh well, live and learn. I still have the part 2 sitting here and wonder if it can be returned. I rather doubt it but I'm going to try.

Having that aired--- your voice, on the other hand, was like a good mother's, in very sense --- each time I listened, I felt your caring, your encouragement, your desire to have your student pass. Your practical, grounded presence was so helpful, backed by your own personal experience, your sense of humor, and your real life illustrations. It gave me the basics of what was needed. Most importantly you supported our ability to think critically. You intelligently broke the important information down to make it more comprehensible in a straight talking, matter of fact, earthy way The rationale made sense and that alone made learning the material fun and enjoyable!  I  actually enjoyed going back and typing up my notes later from memory of the 50 topics and filled in the other outlines as well. That was a terrific study tool. I even wrote up my own Ethics TRUE statements after taking the T/F quiz which was exceedingly helpful. Also the recognition that we draw from our personal experience and expertise when taking the test, imagining "as-if" one is in a room with a client scenario...the fact that you strongly conveyed that was empowering. Not glossing over that test is really hard (and it was, mostly because of the marathon format). It was a revelation to me that what seemed hard at the beginning, when I returned to it later, did not seem as difficult. You said that too. (I  finished 20 minute early and went back and re-checked the 25 q's I had marked - at your suggestion - and they almost all made sense and changed only a couple of them)

One of the test questions right now stands out that was particularly funny and somewhat tricky goes something like this: A 57-year old woman who had a history of child abuse is a caretaker for her mother and reports being" finally in control of her situation" Implied that she has access to her mother's checks, etc, yet no age of the mom in the Q stem...The mom had to be at least 70 if she gave birth at 13, so that's how I figured out that it was a mandated report for elder (financial) abuse! Of course even if she were under 65 and a dependent adult it would still be a report. Thought you'd enjoy hearing that one :-)

So again, thank you, thank you TDC. I'll be getting the Vignette curriculum soon.

Plain and simple, I cannot imagine a better test prep method for the MFT licensure exams.  I used the TDC’s online program and passed both exams on my first try.  While I experienced some normal test anxiety, the TDC’s no nonsense, simplified approach made my studying experience not only relatively easeful, but also quite enjoyable. They bring light and intelligence to an MFT right of passage that is typically fraught with stress and confusion.  Not only are the materials clear and effective, but the response time to any concerns or issues is rapid both by email and phone. TDC, thank you for such a positive experience!  

I am forever grateful to Amanda and the Therapist Development Center, what an amazing resource.  I had just had a baby, did not have a lot of free time for studying, and I was daunted by the prospect of consolidating and remembering content from the past six years of coursework and interning.  But TDC's user-friendly format, personable tone, and relevant and concise review of topics made it completely doable.  I actually looked forward to studying!  Everything from the theory and law and ethics reviews, to the practice questions were extremely closely tied to what was on the exams. And, perhaps more importantly, the materials don't make you dedicate a lot of time and energy to a bunch of information that's not on the test.  I also hugely appreciated how available Amanda was to answer my questions.  Not more than a four hours passed after I emailed a question in and she had called or emailed me back with an answer.  I passed both tests on the first try, and I felt clear and confident when I went into the tests.  I wholeheartedly recommend TDC, many thanks! 

Another success! On Friday morning, I took and passed my CV exam! I used only TDC study materials, and did extremely well on all the individual quizzes and on the mock exam, so I felt confident going into the exam on Friday morning.

Throughout the exam, I implemented your strategies. I knew about half-way through that I would pass the exam, even if I got all the marked ones and a few others wrong. You definitely provided strategies to help me understand the material, as well as manage my anxiety during the process.

So, anyway, THANK YOU. I used only your materials for both exams (except for one AATBS mock exam for the standard exam which completely confused me) and feel lucky to have found you. Because of your program, I got through the licensing process very quickly, as I took the first exam in the end of October and this one in mid-December. I was able to study at my own pace and not have to set aside Saturdays and be on a time schedule of the the other companies. Thanks again, and I will be sure to send (more) colleagues your way!
 

I wanted to send you an email to let you know that I passed the clinical vignette. I can not even begin to express how grateful I am to you and the material that you provided. I had failed the exam twice, each time receiving a score of 19. I had used AATBS both times and then CAMFT suggested your material. Your material changed my attitude about the test and about myself as a professional clinician. I had the ah hah moment that this exam/BBS needs to know that I am safe to practice on my own and that it my job to show that I am. Your material confirmed what I already knew about the basics and helped me to apply them in a relevant and useful way on the exam. Thank you so much!

Wanted to let you know I took the MFT exam on Dec. 20th and I passed!!! I found this program extremely helpful. I initially took another program and was left feeling overwhelmed and discouraged. I got a 72% on the other company's mock exam and only missed 4 on yours. I will continue to recommend your program. Thanks so much!!

Following a less than satisfactory experience studying for the MFT CV exam with another company a friend told me about TDC.  After studying for just one month I went into the exam feeling very confident and prepared knowing I would pass.  TDC teaches you very effective strategies for passing this initially confusing exam while giving you only the information you really need to pass the exam without jamming your head full of every fact related to the subject of counseling psychology.  On top of all this it is a great deal as well; for a price that is comparable to purchasing one smaller part of the larger companies prgrams you get a well rounded program of workshops, materials, exercises, a mock and excellent customer service/assistance. I would give TDC my highest recommendation.

Hi TDC,
          As you know from my phone message,  I passed the CVE exam last Friday 12/28/12.  This makes for a great way to start the new year.   I am so relieved and grateful.  Thank you for the great good fortune of coming along and creating your amazing break through course.  I had studied with another test prep service for a while and just knew I was not ready to take the first test.  Even my test coach agreed that I was not quite prepared.  When I heard from others around me that they had failed the first time and passed after the TDC training I sought you out.
           I am amazed that I passed both tests on the first try.  I am not entirely sure how I managed to do this but I am sure of what I learned that helped immensely.  First, the TDC made it very clear why this test was created and what it's objectives are.  That focused me so that I began studying the material and sample test questions in a way that prepared me for the real test.  When I took the real test it made sense to me except for the hardest questions.  Even then I had a sense of what the intent of the test really is and a method of finding the best answer that was like a compass and a seat belt to carry me, even when I could not be sure I had the right answer.
            The TDC’s clear explanation of the purpose of these tests  was combined with a respect for the logic and sensibility of the test questions  themselves and why an answer was correct or best. As a result, I was able to work with the test, not fight it.  And, since I was provided with an accurate and clear understanding of the logic of how the test "thinks" I was fairly at home with the actual test even though the questions were new to me.
           One of the best things that the TDC course has, that cracked the code for me on answering these types of multiple choice questions, is the way the audio presentations work. They demonstrated the test reasoning by reasoning out loud  through each practice question and how they arrived at the right answers.   In addition they focused the recommended study to things that were most relevant to the central purpose of this test.  As a result I began to have a sense that I was ready to attempt to pass the tests which I did not have before.
             Finally, I feel good about the test process.  I see now that it is a way to prepare therapists to keep the public as safe as possible and to protect the public welfare and wellness.  I am grateful to feel that I have a solid start as a competent therapist  that can be counted on;  and I see skills and knowledge that I am going to need to continue to update and be responsible for  all my life as a therapist.   The course has enabled me to put the finishing touches on making a good start as a licensed MFT.   I believe the TDC course turns the exam process, coming at the end of years of training and experience working with those we serve, into a final phase of fostering the best possible therapists.   I know that is what the BBS wants and I know that is what I and all the wonderful people I meet in this field want.  So, thank you, TDC!  And may your Therapist Development Center prosper.

The test was really hard.  There is no way I would have passed without the TDC strategies.  People shouldn’t waste their time with the AATBS test bank, it will just confuse them.  I am telling everyone I know to come to you.  You’ve got it figured out.  Thank you!

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