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How to Not Personalize a Client’s Relapse?

By Kristie Overstreet on September 23, 2019

The field of addiction counseling is a tough one at times. Helping a client along their journey from their life being out of control to recovery can be one of the most rewarding parts of being a therapist. However, just as exhilarating as it is to see a client succeed, it can be daunting when they

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What is an MFT? Definition of an MFT

By Robin Gluck on September 18, 2019

MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist ) - It is nearly impossible to move through adulthood without being asked (possibly too often) “What is it that you do?” And it’s often the case that a response of, “I’m an MFT,” is met with a look of confusion. The mental health field has more acronyms than one

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ASWB Practice Question: Aging Adults

By Heidi Tobe on September 9, 2019

As you prepare for your ASWB exam, know that issues surrounding aging adults are likely to show up in one form or another on your test. The ASWB is assessing not only that you know how to appropriately respond to scenario questions with aging adults, but also that you know symptoms for common

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5 Things to Consider if You Want to Be a Sex Therapist

By Kristie Overstreet on August 19, 2019

As a sex therapist, your decision to specialize in a niche clinical area is an important one. There are many areas of focus that you can choose to work in. My advice is that you work in a few areas to decide what you enjoy and more importantly, what you don’t enjoy. As you develop your general

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Free Law and Ethics Practice Question: Advertising

By Robin Gluck on August 12, 2019

This month’s California law and ethics practice question tests your knowledge of legal and ethical issues regarding advertising. If you are an associate MFT, Social Worker, or PCC in California, you can expect to see questions related to this topic appear on your exam Law and Ethics exams. It’s

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The 1 Question You Should Be Asking Every Counseling Client

By Kristie Overstreet on July 15, 2019

When someone asks me what it’s like to be a therapist, I often reply that it’s never the same hour twice. Of course, each counseling client is different, but so is every session, whether it’s the variety of issues that clients present with to the different life experiences, every hour is different

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Free Law and Ethics Practice Question: Insurance

By Robin Gluck on July 9, 2019

Last month, the California law and ethics practice question tested your knowledge on HIPAA. This month, we are continuing with this theme and exploring insurance more generally. It’s possible, though highly unlikely, that you have avoided working with insurance thus far. Regardless, the BBS expects

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Overcoming our Achilles Heel: Community Social Work

By Heidi Tobe on July 1, 2019

[caption id="attachment_2202" align="alignnone" width="900"] community social work[/caption] For many of us pursuing clinical licensure, thinking about the macro social work questions that could show up on the exam sends our otherwise clinically confident selves into a mental tailspin. It makes

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What to consider if you want to expand into virtual practice?

By Kristie Overstreet on June 26, 2019

Many people who are ready to start therapy would like the option of talking to a therapist online. Virtual therapy is also known as telehealth, video counseling, or online counseling. Telehealth is a booming business that is evident from the many commercials offering people the ability to connect

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Free MFT Exam Practice Question: Anxiety Disorders

By Asya Mourraille on June 25, 2019

This week, our free MFT Clinical exam practice question is going to focus on the topic of anxiety disorders. Most of us have worked with individuals diagnosed with some form of these DSM diagnoses. This will be extremely helpful during the exam. Most of us can also relate to having experiencing

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Free Law & Ethics Question: HIPAA

By Robin Gluck on June 11, 2019

This month’s free California law and ethics practice question will test your knowledge on HIPAA. What is HIPAA? HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 has been around for more than two decades. The law is so complex, that even 20+ years later, it’s still difficult for

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What does LCSW mean? Definition of LCSW

By Heidi Tobe on June 3, 2019

Every now and then I’ll receive a question asking what 'LCSW' means or how being an LCSW differs from an MFT. The term LCSW stands for licensed clinical social worker. What exactly is a licensed clinical social worker? An LCSW is someone who has graduated from an accredited social work master's

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