Social Work Exam Election-Action Savings—Fifty Percent!

statue-of-liberty-statue-libertyThe giant, once-in-a-lifetime November 2020 election is less than a year away. And there are special elections peppered around the country throughout 2020.  Seems like a good time to review this call to action from the NASW Code of Ethics:

6.04 Social and Political Action

(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 people, with special regard for vulnerable, disadvantaged, oppressed, and exploited people 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, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, or mental or physical ability.

SWTP staff has taken this section of the Code to heart. You can find us on lots of weekends canvassing, phone/text banking, postcarding, etc. How (and in what political direction) you want to take 6.04 is up to you. But we're going to help you decide to step up with this extra little nudge: Send us evidence of your election action (canvassing, phone/text banking, postcarding, etc.)-a picture of you on the case is fine-and we'll send you a personalized coupon that will save you 50% on SWTP exams. You'll never see a steeper discount on the site.

If you're not sure how best to get involved, write us. Regardless of your politics or location, we've got suggestions.

Getting licensed is no joke. Of course you're wildly busy. Take a couple of hours out to make a little extra difference. You'll feel better and you'll save money. Win-win.

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ASWB Exam Practice: "The boy makes it clear he doesn't want to talk about the condition..."

toilet Some more free ASWB exam practice.

A mother and her 8-year-old son meet with a social worker after the child was referred by his primary care physician, who diagnosed the boy with encopresis. The boy makes it clear he doesn't want to talk about the condition and doesn't want to meet with the social worker. What treatment goal is likely to be MOST effective in reducing symptoms of encopresis?

A. The child will learn to identify and replace cognitive distortions that contribute to his feelings of shame.

B. The child's mother will establish a behavior plan that rewards him for using the toilet at regular intervals.

C. The child will learn to talk to his mother about his feelings about encopresis in family therapy.

D. The child will learn to talk openly about the encopresis to reduce his shame and embarrassment.

What's your answer?

The question tests for a combination of DSM and practice knowledge. First the diagnostic part: What's encopresis? Even if you've never encountered the word before, you can glean from the content of the answers a rough definition--"using the toilet at irregular intervals." (It's more accurately "the repeated passing of stool (usually involuntarily) into clothing.") That takes care of the DSM portion of the question.

The question asks about a MOST effective treatment goal. Let's take the answers one at a time:

For A. Replacing cognitive distortions might be effective in reducing the child's shame but won't likely reduce his behavioral symptoms.

B. Behavior modification--rewarding the child for regular toilet habits--is likely to reduce the child's symptoms.

C. While there may be a psychodynamic route to symptom reduction in this case, having the child talk about his feelings about encopresis in family therapy isn't likely to reduce his symptoms.

D. Talking about his symptoms might help reduce this child's embarrassment but won't likely resolve his encopresis.

The rationales for C&D are reenforced by the boy's unwillingness to participate in treatment. The correct answer is B.

Encopresis can be a big problem for children, causing embarrassment and shame, particularly in older children. Although talking about the encopresis with this child may reduce some of his embarrassment, it isn't likely to reduce his symptoms. Behavior plans can be effective in helping children develop regular toilet habits. Children with encopresis often avoid going to the bathroom and become constipated. Establishing regular toilet times can reduce their avoidance.

Make sense? Any childcare or family therapy you've done might also help with getting a question like this right. For behavioral changes, behavioral-oriented treatments are usually the best approach to try first.

Another way to get questions like this right: practice, practice, and more practice. We've got plenty of that at SWTP. Sign up to get started!

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Social Workers Vote

social workers vote It's Election Day across a lot of the country. When social workers vote, good things happen. To help get out the social worker vote, we've got this special offer: send in your "I Voted" selfie and we'll send you a coupon that will save you $20 on an SWTP exam (that's more than 50% if you buy just one)!

Happy voting. Happy social working. And good luck on the exam!

ASWB Exam Practice: "Asked to assess a four-year-old girl who has been having nightmares..."

house fire A clinician has been asked to assess a four-year-old girl who has been having nightmares since a house across the street from hers burned down two months earlier. One of the BEST ways to get information from the client is:

A. Have the child undergo a sleep study.

B.  Avoid an interview with the child, which might prove too traumatizing. Instead, the clinician should speak with the child's parents and other family members.

C. Watch or engage the child in several sessions of play.

D. Ask the child gentle questions about the fire.


Since this question is from an old bonus exam that's no longer used on the site, there are explanations for each answer.

For A: Since the sleep issues the child is having appear to be anxiety-related, no sleep study is indicated.

B: The family should be interviewed as a part of the assessment process, but this should not take the place of meeting with the child.

C: Four-year-olds often express their concerns and fears through play. Watching or engaging in play is the best way to assess a child this age.

D: The child is too young to be able to understand or formulate a verbal response to anything but simple questions.

So you have your answer.

The longer rationale: A four-year-old child is too young to put her feelings and thoughts into words and might be intimidated by a stranger asking questions. While interviewing the client's family is a valuable source of information, it cannot be used in place of assessing the child directly. In this case, there's little reason for a sleep study. The best way to proceed is to watch and interact naturally with the child while she is playing.

Find lots more practice--complete with thorough rationales--on our full-length ASWB exam practice tests. Sign up to get started!

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Whitney Passed the ASWB Exam, Fourth Try—“The last three times I didn’t utilize your services.”

whitney passed the aswb exam with swtpWhitney writes:

I just took the exam for the third time less than a month ago. Failed by 5 points, and was given the 90 day waiver. Well all previous 3 times I didn't study really. This fourth time 18 days after failing, I used only your program and the aswb practice exam which I did the last time. Only thing new was your program. The last three times I didn't utilize your services.

I took the exam for the 4th time yesterday and passed. I was gripped in uncontrollably with anxiety. I got sick vomiting during the actual test. I had only 1:30 left on question 73. Despite not being able to focus from becoming sick during the exam I STILL PASSED. 

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!! I'm very thankful to have passed.

Congratulations, Whitney!!! Great to hear. Thanks for sharing your story!


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