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Law & Ethics Exam Prep: Dual Relationships

Submitted by Maria Denardo on Mon, 07/31/2023 - 09:42am
Today’s law and ethics exam prep topic deals with dual relationships. Dual relationships are an ethical issue in which there are two or more relationships in play at the same time between a client and a therapist, or a supervisor and a pre-licensed trainee/associate that may cause a blurring of boundaries. Some dual relationships are prohibited and others are unavoidable. All of them, however, require the therapist’s careful consideration. Dual relationships with clients (or current supervisees) that are prohibited include sexual relationships; becoming personal friends; therapeutically
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ASWB Exam Prep: Animal Abuse Reporting

Submitted by Heidi Tobe on Mon, 07/24/2023 - 08:00am

As social workers, how do we respond to animal abuse? Are we required to maintain confidentiality, or are we mandated to report? Find out in today's ASWB blog for the LMSW and LCSW exams.

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Law & Ethics Exam Prep: Issues with Colleagues

Submitted by Maria Denardo on Wed, 06/14/2023 - 08:44am
Whether therapists operate in group collectives, a hospital setting, or private practice, each of us are connected within a broader mental health community that’s upheld by supporting and regulating each other. If a colleague significantly transgresses the laws or ethics of the field, there are specific steps of action the BBS expects clinicians to take to help resolve the violation. On the law and ethics exam, you’ll most likely see issues with colleagues show up in one or two ways. You may be tested on questions regarding colleagues who engage in sexual relations with their clients, or you
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ASWB Exam Prep: Adoption Disruption

Submitted by Heidi Tobe on Fri, 06/09/2023 - 11:11am
Last month’s blog focused on the differences between adoption dissolution and adoption disruption. We offered a FREE ASWB practice question on this topic to prepare you for your LMSW or LCSW exam. Last month’s blog feature a recall question. This month, we are back with a reasoning based question on this topic. Adoption Disruption vs. Dissolution: First, here is a quick review of the difference between these two things: An adoption disruption is when an adoption is terminated before it is legally finalized. An adoption dissolution is when an adoption is terminated after it is legally finalized
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Adoption Disruption vs. Adoption Dissolution

Submitted by Heidi Tobe on Tue, 05/30/2023 - 10:45am
Adoption Dissolution vs. Disruption Adoption dissolution refers to the the ending of an adoption after it has been legally finalized. If the end of the adoption takes place before the adoption is legally finalized, this is considered a disruption. For example, if a person is in the final stages of adopting a child and decides to not go through with the adoption, this would be considered an adoption disruption. However, if the adoption has been legally finalized and has to be terminated, this is known as dissolution. Why do Adoption Dissolutions Occur? Adoption dissolution is rare. This is an
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Law and Ethics Exam Prep: Tarasoff

Submitted by Maria Denardo on Sat, 05/20/2023 - 08:20am

This month, we’re tackling the topic of duty to protect as it relates to the 1976 Tarasoff ruling by the California Supreme Court. If you’re a new therapist and you can’t remember the protocol for Tarasoff situations, you’re not alone. Most associates have little to no professional experience with clients who are a danger to others, which can often lead to confusion around a therapist’s legal responsibilities, particularly on the CA law and ethics exam. And that’s where we come in. Here are the primary ways the BBS will evaluate your understanding of Tarasoff on the test: How to assess for

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Law and Ethics Exam Prep: Termination

Submitted by Maria Denardo on Sat, 04/29/2023 - 04:06pm
The way psychotherapy concludes with a client can be a vital aspect of healing. This final stage of counseling, clinically referred to as “termination,” typically indicates when a client will transition to another clinician, take a prolonged break, or no longer receive therapy. An ideal termination phase is often viewed as a time to consolidate client goals and achievements, highlight strengths, anticipate future obstacles, and review coping mechanisms to maintain growth. When done well, a termination centers the client’s wellbeing, preserves therapeutic integrity, and can even provide a
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ASWB Question: Parenting Styles Part 2

Submitted by Heidi Tobe on Tue, 04/25/2023 - 11:39am
Last month’s ASWB exam prep blog for the LMSW and LCSW exams covered the topic of parenting styles. We reviewed the characteristics of the four main parenting styles: authoritarian, authoritative, permissive, and uninvolved. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out last month’s blog for the factual information on this topic. We wrapped up with a reasoning based question, but want to circle back to offer a question testing your factual knowledge. Today’s free ASWB practice question is an application question on parenting styles. ASWB Exam Parenting Styles Application Question: A social
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FREE ASWB Question: Parenting Styles

Submitted by Heidi Tobe on Tue, 04/25/2023 - 11:36am
This month’s FREE ASWB practice question for the LCSW and LMSW exams covers the topic of parenting styles. Parenting styles refer to the standard strategies, behaviors, attitudes, and emotional climate parents use in their child rearing. There are four main parenting styles we will cover today. The four most common parenting styles are: authoritarian, authoritative, permissive, and uninvolved. Four Parenting styles Authoritarian parenting can be thought of as strict and controlling. With authoritarian parenting, parents exert control through power. They believe strongly in stated rules and if
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2023 ASWB exam changes: Part 3

Submitted by Heidi Tobe on Tue, 04/25/2023 - 11:33am

The past two months, our LMSW and LCSW blogs focused on the ASWB exam changes that began in January of this year. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the first and second blogs in this series. This will be our third and final month focusing on these changes. We didn’t plan on doing a third blog on this topic. But we had so much positive customer feedback on how helpful it was to see how a 4 answer option question changes to a 3 answer option question that we decided to do one more! So today will be a final set of practice question that first has 4 answer options and then changes to

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