Social Work Reviews

Thank you for sharing your exam strategies with me, it absolutely helped me pass my LCSW CV exam. The TDC framework provided clear and practical techniques to navigate the exam confidently. The on-demand conference web-based experience was perfect for my busy schedule and learning style. I found the material concise and methodical. I first saw you present at Gerry Grossman when I was studying for my written exam. It was clear to me early on that you possessed the clinical knowledge and competency to teach the content, but you did in a way that is relevant to social workers. What the other test prep companies lack is the clarity and concise framework that you so clearly present, packaged in a way that is easily digestible user friendly. Thank you for your encorougement and support toward my licensure.

I wanted to first inform you that I am finally an LCSW!!!  I had used AATBS and Gerry Grossman for the second part of the vignette and studied really hard, but failed in 2011.  I only missed it by 1 point, but I finished barely on time and half the time I felt like I was guessing.  When I heard about your program I decided to try it out especially since I knew 2 other people who reported you had helped them tremendously.  After I listened to your first workshop the test made sense.  I was shocked.  I practiced all your techniques, I realized that AATBS makes you assume things and therefore I failed my exam the first time.  But I took the exam on 2/24/11 and not only did I pass, I finished in 90 minutes!!  I am not joking.  I was wondering if it was that simple, and I was going to review my answers at the end for fear that I had answered prematurely, but as I read a few questions I realized it made sense and that I had followed your instructions.  And I passed!!!  I am so thankful to you.  I am telling all my friends about you.  Truly, this is huge for me and I am so happy.  Thank you and keep up the great job!!

I am telling everyone I know in Palm Springs to do your teleconferences.  After the first workshop I realized what I had been doing wrong the first 3 times I took the exam.  I finally passed today and even though the test was hard, I actually felt like I was passing it because I knew what to look for this time. Keep up the good work!

I got more benefit out of 5 hours with the TDC than I did from any 5 days or 5 weeks of other materials.  Others pile on reams of materials that aren’t on the test, and provide online tests that we are guaranteed to fail, intimidating us into paying for weeks or months of their services to prepare for a test that we’re never going to see.  Your materials and seminar were so succinct and so to the point for the type of questions we were actually going to face! Sincerely, Amanda, your company’s approach to this exam was such a breath of fresh air for me!  As you & I (& others) agree, other offerings are encyclopedic with information that overwhelms and intimidates and yet isn’t needed for the exam.  There are probably more points lost due to that distraction than there are gained from studying the available information. The TDC’s concise review of the 50 top areas, thinking strategies and mock exam, on the other hand, reassured me, calmed my mind and brought me back into focus on the things that really mattered.

I highly recommend working with the TDC if you are taking your BBS Licensure exam. I didn't pass my exam the first time and was feeling dejected. By chance, I found the TDC and worked with them to find new study techniques and figure out where my personal deficits were. With the TDC’s help, I passed my exam and have been working as an LCSW for the past two years.

I gained my Master of Social Work degree in 2001. Since that time I have wanted to return to San Diego, CA. I put it off due to California's policy of having their own exam process versus accepting the results of the national exam I passed in 2001. I had heard how difficult the California exams were and avoided taking them to the point of moving to Arizona instead of San Diego, in 2010. 

I found the Therapist Development Center workshops via the TDC website (google search) and voila! Success! The workshops were focused on teaching strategy versus memorization (I KNEW I could not and did not WANT to use memorization!). The workshops were not overly long and they were NOT overly expensive! The TDC is a great teacher, getting to the heart of teaching concepts and strategies that instill confidence and bring out one's personal competence. 

Before I even ordered or paid for a workshop they quickly returned a phone call and in the first conversation shared a point that was instrumental in helping me pass both California exams, on the first try. 

I highly recommend the TDC workshops! Don't hesitate!

The Therapist Development Center is a knowledgeable source in the area of LCSW preparation. The TDC is thorough, professional and extremely caring - wanting you to pass your exam while holding your hand step-by-step. Thanks to the TDC, I'm now licensed!

The TDC provides excellent, clear guidance and advice regarding preparation for all exam testing. Course materials are precise, consistent and completely reliable. Their language and direction are concise, economic and reflect their extensive research and teaching history. The TDC’s knowledge of source content results in tremendous confidence for the client. They address all manners of experience, history and other elements pertaining to a individuals challenges or concerns. Additionally, the TDC is the perfect blend of teacher and encouraging colleague. They are a great model for leadership and information provider in a well boundaried setting

I cannot recommend the Therapist Development Center enough! If it had not been for them, I would not have passed both LCSW exams. The TDC techniques and coaching skills are excellent.

I HIGHLY recommend The Therapist Development Center. It is a well thought out program that teaches efficient no nonsense study strategies to help you pass your state licensing exams. I have utilized all 3 of the major test prep companies and found the TDC to be the most adept at teaching what the BBS expects of you on test day. I can say this since I unsuccessfully took the vignette exam twice using the other companies. I was not able to pass until I used The Therapist Development Center. I found that the TDC is most skilled at CORRECTLY teaching law & ethics. The TDC has effectively “hacked” the minds of the test writers so as I took the exam, I had a lot more confidence that I UNDERSTOOD what was being asked of me. Sure, people can and do pass using the materials from the major test prep companies, but I am convinced that those who pass this way are practicing social work based on faulty and incorrectly taught information. By far, the best benefit is the personal approach the TDC takes. I appreciate the ease with which I could contact her and receive speedy responses to questions. I often received call backs from them the same day and they always took the time to discuss and explain the answers to my questions. This is a service you will NEVER get through a large test prep company, making their service a good financial value as well. I STRONGLY encourage anyone in the testing process to use The Therapist Development Center

The TDC provides straightforward, focused guidance, support and instructions on how to pass the California Clinical Vignette Exam, for clinical licensure. Unlike other test preparation agencies, the TDC coaches have actually taken the computer generated exam and understand some of the obstacles that can prevent success. I am so impressed with their knowledge and support, the TDC strategies are inspirational and most of all - they work

I had the fortunate luck of meeting Amanda at a course designed to assist therapists in passing the LCSW licensing exam in CA in June of 2010. I was so impressed by Amanda's teaching style and ability to explain complex concepts into simple and practical steps that I hired her as my private tutor in order to help me further prepare for the 2nd LCSW licensing exam for the state of CA. I found Amanda to be extremely knowledgeable about the testing process. She has a keen ability to take what can feel overwhelming and cumbersome and make it succinct and manageable. I felt fully prepared on test day and was calm and collected as I took the exam, which I passed. I fully credit Amanda Rowan to my success of passing this very extensive and difficult exam. Since that time Amanda has gone on to establish The Therapist Development Center. I am pleased to know she has expanded her services to help so many therapists reach their professional goals. Amanda is kind, genuine, helpful, and open. I highly recommend Amanda as both a therapist and a resource to other therapists alike.

I found the TDC to be very helpful in passing my LCSW exam. They were very prepared, knew the subject matter well and was very easy to work with. The TDC helped me set up a study schedule,and taught me techniques to reduce my stress level. I would recommend them to any social worker wanting assistance in passing their LCSW exam.

The TDC was a great tutor for the social work licensing exams. They were very knowledgeable, thorough and patient and really helped me understand how to approach the exam. I don't think I would have passed without their guidance!

I took the TDC workshops for the LCSW Licensing Exams. Their workshops were super helpful, focused on useful strategies, and affordable. The TDC helped me pass both exams and I couldn't have done it without their workshops. I've recommended many people to their workshops because I believe in them and I will continue to refer people to the TDC.

Amanda is a great coach at helping others pass their licensing exam for social workers. Not only is she a great people person, she is extremely patient and takes into consideration the way you learn best. She has great test taking strategies and helps you think along the lines the exam writers were thinking when they constructed these exams. I worked with Amanda in the past and she is a great colleague. I recommended many friends I had that attended my graduate program as well and they were very satisfied with her services!

I just wanted to let you know that I studied with your program and passed my test today for the CA standard exam. It took me two long years I studied with other companies and failed numerous times. I felt more confident with your material and I'm eager to start studying for the CV exam. Thank you for your guidance and material preparation I am so happy I finally passed.

I passed my LCSW exam today, thanks to your workshops! I did all the other training programs and yours was the only one that I used on test day. I used all your stategies during the exam. And I was surprised that I actually enjoyed studying with your program. The other companies teach a lot of stuff that isn’t relevant to the exam.  I wish I had saved my money and just done yours!  Thanks again.

One of a kind service. Different than all other exam preps in style and approach. Working with The Therapist Development Center was necessary, and worth the cost, which is reasonable, to pass the first time. She seems to have a preternatural understanding of the MFT and MSW exams and will help you decode the questions to get enough correct answers to pass.

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