If you take ASWB
exam content outlines to heart, you've got a lot of information to
learn before sitting for the social work licensing exam. The
outlines (available at aswb.org--search "ksa" or "content
outline") contain more than one, regular human mind can reasonably
expect to hold on a given day. Just reading over the list takes
setting aside a chunk of time. Understanding it all, more time
Take, for instance, the clinical outline: "The concept of
empathy" you probably don't have any trouble with. But what exactly
is meant by "methods of networking"? (It's in the
"Consultation and Interdisciplinary Collaboration" section, so,
okay, it's establishing and maintaining contacts in various fields.
Not a big deal.)
The point is, don't spend a lot of time worrying about each
little item on the content outlines. Many--most?--people pass exam
without even knowing that the outlines exist.
Here's one item that you'd likely ignore if you're prepping
quickly--and you'd probably get away with ignoring it, too:
"Elements of a case presentation." The item is also in the
Consultation/Collaboration section. If you've worked in a hospital
setting or unusually crisis-light social work setting, you may have
encountered formal case presentations. Here're a good case
presentation's basic components:
- Key findings
- Interventions and Plan
- Reasons for Presentation
These bullets are explained in the Case
Presentation Outline linked here (from csub.edu). Even if
you've never done a formal case presentation, you've likely
communicated all of these, one way or another, when discussing
clients. It's pretty straightforward stuff.
Keep in mind, this isn't a list to memorize. It's not Erikson's
stages. It's a guideline. Different settings and different
supervisors will have different approaches. Just know--for the
exam--that there are basic elements you can expect to see in a case
presentation, and that social workers should, per the Code of
Ethics, work collaboratively with others, even if they (gasp!)
aren't social workers.
Here, some more wisdom about case presentations from around the
Hope this all helps. Good luck on the exam!