MFT Exam Prep

MFT Practice: Paraphilic Disorders

Submitted by Robin Gluck on Wed, 04/28/2021 - 05:53am

This month’s blog focuses on a lesser known diagnostic category, which could appear on both the California MFT Clinical or AMFTRB exams; paraphilic disorders. While these disorders may not be seen frequently in clinical practice, they can show up on the exam. The 8 types of paraphilic disorders in the DSM 5 are: Voyeuristic: watching unsuspecting people who are naked, undressing, or engaging in sexual activities Exhibitionistic: exposing genitalia to unsuspecting people Frotteuristic: touching or rubbing non-consenting people Sexual masochism: engaging in acts meant to cause self pain or

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MFT Free Practice Question: Psychosexual Stages

Submitted by Robin Gluck on Fri, 03/26/2021 - 04:43am

This month’s blog will focus on Freud’s theory of psychosexual development. Whether you are taking the MFT California Clinical Written Exam or the AMFTRB exam, you could see questions that test your knowledge on this topic. With that in mind, let’s do a quick review of Freud’s theory of psychosexual development and see how you do on our FREE practice question. As you may recall from grad school, Freud believed that personality development occurred in childhood. In brief, Freud’s theory of psychosexual development proposed that children moved through a series of five stages, each focused on a

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MFT Free Practice Question: Case Conceptualization

Submitted by Robin Gluck on Wed, 02/24/2021 - 12:13am

This month’s blog will focus on the topic of case conceptualization. The ability of an MFT to conceptualize their client’s presenting issues and use that to inform their treatment plan has a direct relationship to the effectiveness of therapy. Case conceptualization is an integral part of our therapeutic work, and your understanding of it will be tested on the California MFT written clinical exam. What is case conceptualization? In short, it is the process used to understand our client’s presenting issues and offers a roadmap to guide the therapeutic process. We’ve written a more thorough

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MFT Free Practice Question: Telehealth

Submitted by Robin Gluck on Wed, 12/23/2020 - 07:15pm

The prevalence of telehealth for mental health counseling has been on the rise in recent years. However, since COVID-19 stay-at-home orders were implemented in early 2020, telehealth services have grown exponentially. As a consequence, the number of questions I receive on this topic are higher than ever before. These questions fall into two general categories. First, test-takers seek to better understand our legal and ethical obligations related to telehealth. Second, test-takers are concerned about the COVID-related waivers and how they could appear on the California MFT licensing exams. In

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MFT Free Practice Question: Case Management

Submitted by Robin Gluck on Mon, 11/30/2020 - 05:22pm

Case management is a concept more commonly associated with social work than marriage and family therapy. In more recent times, however, there has been an increased emphasis on MFTs engaging in case management with their clients. As a result, the BBS expects you to know about this topic and you can definitely see questions related to it appear on your MFT California Clinical exam. This month’s blog will provide a brief overview of case management and test your ability to navigate a FREE practice question on the topic. Whether you have experience with case management and resource coordination or

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MFT Exam Prep: Systems Theory

Submitted by Robin Gluck on Mon, 10/26/2020 - 04:00pm

The field of Marriage and Family Therapy distinguishes itself from other branches of psychology and counseling by its focus on systems and the interplay of relationships between self and others. MFTs are expected to think systemically. This systemic approach holds true whether you are working with an individual client, a family, a couple, or even a group. It is for this reason that you can expect to see questions related to systems theory appear on your California MFT Clinical Exam or your AMFTRB exam. So, what do you need to know about systems theory for the California MFT Clinical Exam or

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MFT Exam Prep: Humanistic/Existential Therapy

Submitted by Robin Gluck on Wed, 09/30/2020 - 06:17pm

This month, our FREE practice question for the MFT Clinical exam will test your knowledge of Humanistic Existential therapy. Specifically, you will be required to apply your knowledge of this theory to a treatment planning question. Treatment planning questions account for ⅕ of the scored questions on the California MFT Clinical Exam and a similar portion of the overall questions on the National AMFTRB exam. It’s important you familiarize yourself with this theory and its concepts. Regardless of which of these exams you are preparing for, this FREE MFT practice question can help you as you

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Revised CAMFT Code of Ethics: How will it affect your licensing exam? Part 3 of 3

Submitted by Robin Gluck on Mon, 08/17/2020 - 07:01pm

2019 CAMFT Code of Ethics At this time, any questions on the exam that are about the 2019 CAMFT Code of Ethics are pretest questions. Questions regarding the 2019 CAMFT Code of Ethics will not be scored until the next cycle for the law and or ethics or clinical (written) exams. The new cycle for law and ethics starts October 1st and the next cycle for the clinical (written) exam starts December 1st. As we’ve noted in parts 1 and 2 of this blog series, the changes to the Code of Ethics, while important, do not substantially alter how you would answer questions on the exam. Following is a review

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Revised CAMFT Code of Ethics: How will it affect your licensing exam? (Part 2 of 3)

Submitted by Robin Gluck on Mon, 07/13/2020 - 10:29pm

to The BBS has confirmed with CAMFT that the new Code of Ethics has been added as pretest questions to the Law and Ethics exam (as of July 1st) and will be included as pretest questions in the MFT Clinical exam with the new cycle that starts August 1st. As we mentioned in Part 1, we do not believe this change should cause you any anxiety. Following is a review of Sections 4 through 9. Section 4 Dual/Multiple Relationships: This section is new and the changes included are probably the most consequential for the MFT exams. This new section expands on the topic of dual/multiple relationships. It

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Revised CAMFT Code of Ethics: How will it affect your licensing exam? (Part 1 of 3)

Submitted by Robin Gluck on Mon, 06/29/2020 - 10:49pm

In recent weeks, we have received a significant number of inquiries about the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist’s (CAMFT) revised Code of Ethics (CoE) and what it means for the licensing exams (California MFT Law & Ethics and Clinical). We are well aware that exam-related changes often cause anxiety. In an effort to quell some of your anxiety, we thought it would be helpful to provide an overview of the changes and explore how these changes will affect the content of your licensing exam. In brief, the most important thing to know about the changes to the Code of Ethics is

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