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Transference vs. Countertransference: What's the Difference?

By Heidi Tobe on December 6, 2019

If you’re preparing for your ASWB Clinical Social Work Exam, transference and countertransference are two topics you definitely want to familiarize yourself with. As a coach I get a lot of questions on the differences between these two topics. Many social workers confuse the definitions of

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ASWB Practice Question: Minor Informed Consent

By Heidi Tobe on December 2, 2019

Minor consent for treatment is a topic I get questions on multiple times per week as an LCSW coach. So what is informed consent? Informed Consent Definition Informed consent is defined as the process for getting formal permission for treatment and services before engaging in treatment with a client

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Free MFT Practice Question: Sexual Disorders

By Robin Gluck on November 26, 2019

Last month, our FREE practice question tested your knowledge of disorders related to health. This month, we focus on a subject that can be biological or psychological in nature; sexual disorders. If you are planning to take the California MFT Clinical exam or the AMFTRB National MFT exam, you are

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Should you become a sex therapist?

By Kristie Overstreet on November 18, 2019

If you’ve ever wondered how to become a sex therapist, you are not alone. As a therapist or counselor, you may be considering a specialty so you can better serve your clients. You already enjoy couples counseling, and if you want to enhance your clinical skills, then you should consider becoming a

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ASWB Exam Prep: Healthy Boundaries in Counseling

By Heidi Tobe on November 4, 2019

Whether you work in clinical or non-clinical social work, establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries is so important in our field. Thankfully, the ASWB recognizes this and considers it important enough to put on their licensing exams. Questions regarding boundaries regularly show up on the LMSW

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Why is Self-Determination Important for Clients? LMSW Exam Prep

By Emily Pellegrino on October 22, 2019

This week's topic is what I believe to be one of the most important aspects of social work, and a term that is really good to know for the LMSW exam. When answering questions on the LMSW exam we always want to approach questions while keeping a client's sense of self-determination in mind. Self

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3 Mistakes to Avoid When Working with Transgender and Non-binary Clients

By Kristie Overstreet on October 21, 2019

Have you ever worked with a client and felt unsure if you are providing the best support? Whether you are a new or seasoned therapist in the mental health field, we all can benefit from ensuring we are giving the best care. When you work with transgender and non-binary clients, it’s essential to

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Clinical Supervision on the ASWB Licensing Exams

By Heidi Tobe on October 9, 2019

This may come as a surprise to some LMSW and LCSW test-takers, but you are likely to see some questions on the ASWB exam asking what action a supervisor should take with their supervisee. The ASWB puts clinical supervision questions on their exams for two reasons.: 1. To assess whether social

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Free MFT Practice Question: Bereavement

By Robin Gluck on October 1, 2019

If you are preparing for your California or National MFT Clinical exam, you will want to be familiar with the topic of bereavement. Uncomplicated bereavement, as it is termed in the DSM 5, should be considered when, “the focus of clinical attention is a normal reaction to the death of a loved one.”

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DSM-5: No More Multiaxial System

By Heidi Tobe on September 27, 2019

The DSM-5 was published in 2013. Many social workers went to school learning the DSM-IV-TR and because of this, we still receive coaching questions about the differences between the DSM-IV-TR and the DSM-5. We know regardless of which DSM you went to school with, picking up the DSM-5 can feel

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Free LCSW Practice Exam Question

By Robin Gluck on September 27, 2019

Alright Social Work Exam and MFT Exam-Takers, it’s Tuesday, time for another free LCSW practice exam question to help you study. For this week's Hot Topic we’re taking a brief look at Domestic Violence. Let’s take a closer look at a possible test item.

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