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A Big SWTP Welcome to ASWB Exam Bundle #5

diving into social work exam practice You asked for it, you got it. For people who have tested the SWTP waters with ASWB practice exam #1, here's a bundle combining the remaining practice exams for a reduced price. Exam Bundle #5 contains our ASWB practice exams #2, #3, and #4. Finish off the set with one purchase. You save $15 by buying them together--just $30 per exam!

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SWTP Review: "Thank You So Much"

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I got to take the ASWB for an AZ license after being licensed in CA for over 20 yrs. I passed with flying colors! Thank you so much...Your questions provided me with a broad area of study that added much to my knowledge of the field after many years of practice. I had to put off taking the test due to life happening to change my plans, and you accommodated my situation. Great customer service!...Excellent review. I highly recommend your service.

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Social Work Research and the Social Work Exam

social work research and the social work exam Social work research tends to make up very little of the social work licensing exam, though that can change exam to exam. Within those questions, preppers can reasonable expect informed consent to be the major concept touched upon. So, how to brush up on informed consent in social work? Easy to do. Just open up the NASW Code of Ethics to section 5.02, Evaluation and Research. After a few paragraphs encouraging social workers to perform and stay current with evaluation and research, the code tackles at length what responsible social work research looks like. What's informed consent? How to go about doing research as a social worker? Here's your detailed answer:

(e) Social workers engaged in evaluation or research should obtain voluntary and written informed consent from participants, when appropriate, without any implied or actual deprivation or penalty for refusal to participate; without undue inducement to participate; and with due regard for participants' well-being, privacy, and dignity. Informed consent should include information about the nature, extent, and duration of the participation requested and disclosure of the risks and benefits of participation in the research.

(f) When evaluation or research participants are incapable of giving informed consent, social workers should provide an appropriate explanation to the participants, obtain the participants' assent to the extent they are able, and obtain written consent from an appropriate proxy.

(g) Social workers should never design or conduct evaluation or research that does not use consent procedures, such as certain forms of naturalistic observation and archival research, unless rigorous and responsible review of the research has found it to be justified because of its prospective scientific, educational, or applied value and unless equally effective alternative procedures that do not involve waiver of consent are not feasible.

(h) Social workers should inform participants of their right to withdraw from evaluation and research at any time without penalty.

(i) Social workers should take appropriate steps to ensure that participants in evaluation and research have access to appropriate supportive services.

(j) Social workers engaged in evaluation or research should protect participants from unwarranted physical or mental distress, harm, danger, or deprivation.

(k) Social workers engaged in the evaluation of services should discuss collected information only for professional purposes and only with people professionally concerned with this information.

(l) Social workers engaged in evaluation or research should ensure the anonymity or confidentiality of participants and of the data obtained from them. Social workers should inform participants of any limits of confidentiality, the measures that will be taken to ensure confidentiality, and when any records containing research data will be destroyed.

(m) Social workers who report evaluation and research results should protect participants' confidentiality by omitting identifying information unless proper consent has been obtained authorizing disclosure.

(n) Social workers should report evaluation and research findings accurately. They should not fabricate or falsify results and should take steps to correct any errors later found in published data using standard publication methods.

(o) Social workers engaged in evaluation or research should be alert to and avoid conflicts of interest and dual relationships with participants, should inform participants when a real or potential conflict of interest arises, and should take steps to resolve the issue in a manner that makes participants' interests primary.

(p) Social workers should educate themselves, their students, and their colleagues about responsible research practices.

See section 1.03 for more on the same topic. The code isn't kidding around with this area. Though you may have covered this while getting your MSW, it's not unwise to review it and have a certain grasp on the concepts before heading into the exam. Good luck!

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Launched: CA BBS Practice Exam Using DSM-5

dsm-5 practice exam launch DSM-5 will not appear on the social work licensing exam most places until July, 2015. In California--like with so many other things--it's different. DSM-5 based questions will show up on the exam administered by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences much sooner--December, 2014. Again, that's just California.

With that second date in mind, we've combed through our CA BBS Practice Exam and updated it with DSM-5 content. For people planning to take the California Standard Written Exam after December 1, 2014, this is the exam for you. (It's called CA BBS Practice Exam (DSM-5).)

For all others, continue to study with the existing exams. They ask DSM-IV-TR questions, which, up till July, '15, are what you need to be prepared. We'll be updating the rest of the exams in coming months. 

Whichever DSM you're studying and wherever you're taking the social work exam, good luck! 

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NASW Code of Ethics: Ethical Responsibilities to the Broader Society

Social Workers' Ethical Responsibilities to the Broader Society Last but not least in the NASW Code of Ethics is section number six, "Social Workers' Ethical Responsibilities to the Broader Society." These are good items to review and remember, not just for the licensing exam, but for staying connected to the core mission of social work. The four items are simple--links go to details:

  • 6.01 Social Welfare
  • 6.02 Public Participation
  • 6.03 Public Emergencies
  • 6.04 Social and Political Action

Here's 6.04, Social and Political Action, in its entirety:

(a) Social workers should engage in social and political action that seeks to ensure that all people have equal access to the resources, employment, services, and opportunities they require to meet their basic human needs and to develop fully. Social workers should be aware of the impact of the political arena on practice and should advocate for changes in policy and legislation to improve social conditions in order to meet basic human needs and promote social justice.

(b) Social workers should act to expand choice and opportunity for all persons, with special regard for vulnerable, disadvantaged, oppressed, and exploited persons and groups.

(c) Social workers should promote conditions that encourage respect for cultural and social diversity within the United States and globally. Social workers should promote policies and practices that demonstrate respect for difference, support the expansion of cultural knowledge and resources, advocate for programs and institutions that demonstrate cultural competence, and promote policies that safeguard the rights of and confirm equity and social justice for all people.

(d) Social workers should act to prevent and eliminate domination of, exploitation of, and discrimination against any person, group, or class on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, political belief, religion, or mental or physical disability.

Don't be surprised to encounter items on the social work exam addressing social and political action. When in doubt, remember the call to action here: act, advocate, promote, prevent.  Social workers--on the exam and in practice--are directed by the code to engage not just with individual clients, but with the larger systems, especially in the face of injustice.

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