Exam Prep Blog

Is the Field of Addiction Counseling for You?

By Kristie Overstreet on March 17, 2020

Are you considering going into the field of addiction counseling? Do you have an interest in helping people struggling with out of control behavior? If so, your clinical experience is needed in the field of addiction recovery. As a substance abuse counselor, you can find a job in a hospital

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Coronavirus: Preparing for your Exam and Managing Anxiety

By Robin Gluck on March 17, 2020

First and foremost, everyone at TDC wishes you good health during this time. There is a lot of uncertainty as we navigate this novel virus and we are well aware of the profound impact it is having on everyone. While we remain hopeful things will settle and become more predictable in the near future

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ASWB Exam: Medical Conditions

By Heidi Tobe on March 2, 2020

As a clinical social worker, you are expected to have some basic knowledge of medical conditions. It is important to be aware of medical disorders that can impact or present as psychological disorders. This comes as a surprise to some of our customers preparing for their ASWB social work exams who

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Free MFT Practice Question: Crisis Interventions

By Robin Gluck on February 28, 2020

Throughout your career as a Marriage and Family Therapist, there will be times when you are required to work with clients who are experiencing crises. In these situations, you will need to know how to manage their safety (and the public’s safety) by determining exactly which crisis interventions are

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Court Mandated Clients: ASWB Exam Prep

By Heidi Tobe on February 3, 2020

As we prepare to take the masters and clinical ASWB social work exams, many of us lack experience working with court mandated clients. It is possible you could see a question (or a few questions!) on working with this client population. Regardless of your experience in this area, we want you to be

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Free MFT Exam Question: PTSD

By Robin Gluck on January 28, 2020

According to statistics obtained through the Department of Veterans Affairs, ”About 6 of every 10 men (or 60%) and 5 of every 10 women (or 50%) experience at least one trauma in their lives.” Not every person who experiences a traumatic event will develop symptoms linked to a trauma-related disorder

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The Toughest Questions You’ll Ever Be Asked as a Clinician

By Kristie Overstreet on January 22, 2020

If you think the questions on your licensing exam were tough, wait until the first time your client asks you a question that will force you to pause before answering. There are many difficult questions your clients will ask from your relationship status to your weekend plans. Prepare to be caught

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ASWB Exam Prep: Termination Issues

By Heidi Tobe on January 6, 2020

No matter what setting we are in, termination is a part of our work with clients. Whether we see a client for 1 session or for several years, the ultimate goal should be getting a client to a place where they meet their identified goals and termination occurs. Your ASWB licensure exams (whether LMSW

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Free MFT Practice Question: Personality Disorders

By Robin Gluck on December 23, 2019

If you are preparing for the California MFT Clinical Exam or the National MFT exam, a topic that could very well be tested on your exam is personality disorders. We constantly hear people casually labeling others as narcissistic, borderline, or antisocial, to name a few. However, when working as a

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LMSW Exam Prep 2019: Defense Mechanisms

By Emily Pellegrino on December 17, 2019
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Back to Basics: 5 Ways to Refresh Your Clinical Skills

By Kristie Overstreet on December 16, 2019

Have you ever wondered if your clinical skills were getting stale? Maybe you have the feeling that you need to add to your clinical toolbox, or while working with a client, you realized that you needed a different approach. Regardless if your a new clinician or have years of experience, there is a

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MFT Exam Prep: Free Practice Questions

By Robin Gluck on December 9, 2019

I don’t know about all of you out there, but until I interned on an acute inpatient psychiatric unit, I really had no idea what a person experiencing psychosis really looked like (clinically speaking). This category of disorders, distinguished by the primary symptoms of delusions, prominent hallucinations, disorganized speech, or disorganized or catatonic behavior, is bound to come up on the MFT exam in a variety of ways. Here’s just one:

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