Exam Prep Blog

How the BBS Vote on the AMFTRB National Exam Impacts California MFTs

By Maria Denardo on July 1, 2024
If you’re planning on getting licensed as a marriage and family therapist in California, the new BBS vote may impact you. As many of you may know, California is the only state that requires the MFT clinical exam to become licensed. All other 49 states recognize the Association of Marital and Family Read More

The California MFT Clinical Exam is Changing

By Maria Denardo on July 1, 2024
It’s official! The BBS has formally announced upcoming changes to the California MFT Clinical Exam. Beginning on September 1, 2024, the clinical exam will shift from 170 questions (150 scored and 20 non-scored questions) to 150 total questions. That means that once the changes go into effect, 125 Read More

Social Work Interstate Compact Progress

By Heidi Tobe on June 10, 2024
We’re excited to share that Kansas recently enacted the Social Work Licensure Compact, making it the 7th state to join the compact! This is momentous, because having at least seven states enact the compact was required to move forward with the implementation of the compact. The seven states who have Read More

ASWB Practice Question: Supervision vs. Personal Psychotherapy

By Heidi Tobe on April 11, 2024
Last month’s ASWB social work blog for the LMSW and LCSW exams covered the topics of countertransference and supervision. We answered the questions: What is countertransference? When should social workers seek supervision? When do we not need to seek supervision? Today we continue our discussion on Read More

Help! Why is Elder Age Listed as 65+ in TDC Test Prep? Isn’t it 60 Years and Above?

By Maria Denardo on March 27, 2024
Elder age continues to elicit questions among testers preparing for the LCSW and MFT CA Law and Ethics Exams. The source of the confusion began with AB 135, a California law that went into effect in January 2022. This law amended Chapter 13 of the Welfare and Institutions Code to state that an elder Read More

ASWB Prep: Transference, Countertransference and Supervision

By Heidi Tobe on February 25, 2024
As one of TDC’s LCSW coaches, I receive hundreds of questions per week from customers preparing for their social work exams. Over the next few months, our social work blogs will focus on some of the most commonly asked questions for the ASWB exam that we’ve received in 2024. Whether you're preparing Read More

Help! Can You Explain Psychotherapy Records vs. Psychotherapy Notes?

By Maria Denardo on February 2, 2024
For our third installment of our new blog series, we’re addressing a question we frequently receive from associates studying for the CA MFT or LCSW law and ethics exam: What is the difference between psychotherapy records and psychotherapy notes? Let’s break it down. Psychotherapy records are mental Read More

2024 ASWB Exam Changes

By Heidi Tobe on January 31, 2024
As a coach, I have received a LOT of questions from test takers this month. They are wondering whether our programs are up to date for the LMSW and LCSW exams for 2024. To answer that question: Yes! Our programs are fully up-to-date for the 2024 ASWB masters and clinical level exams. There’s more Read More

2024 Changes for the LMFT & LCSW Law and Ethics Exam

By Maria Denardo on December 18, 2023
Exam changes are underway. Every five years the BBS conducts an occupational analysis for each profession to ensure that exam content is up-to-date and accurately reflects clinical competency. As a result, the California LMFT and LCSW law and ethics exams will be updated beginning January 1, 2024 Read More

DSM-5-TR Considerations of the impact of racism and discrimination on mental disorders

By Heidi Tobe on December 13, 2023
Today is the last of our blogs on the DSM-5-TR changes (and the one I’m most eager to share about). Starting in January 2024, the ASWB exams will transition from testing the DSM-5 to the DSM-5-TR. As we’ve discussed over the past several months of blogs covering these changes, the updates are Read More

DSM-5-TR Stimulant-Induced Mild Neurocognitive Disorder

By Heidi Tobe on December 4, 2023
Beginning next month (can you believe it’s almost 2024?!) the ASWB will begin testing the DSM-5-TR. The past several months, we’ve been covering these updates. And, of course, all of our programs are up to date with the DSM-5-TR materials. Today’s blog covers Stimulant-Induced Mild Neurocognitive Read More

Help! When Does a Therapist Consult versus Refer Out?

By Maria Denardo on November 16, 2023
We’re back with part two of our new blog series in which you ask and we answer your most popular questions related to the CA law and ethics exam. On today’s docket, we’re going to take a closer look at when therapists are expected to consult versus refer out, according to the BBS. Here’s a simple Read More