Knowing Bowlby

attachment How are you on John Bowlby? Knowing some basic Bowlby is wise as you approach the social work licensing exam. Good news: it's relatively simple, and probably already built in to your understanding of how people work. His revolutionary idea: attachment is a crucial component of human experience and healthy development. That ruffled Freudian feathers back in the day. Today, careful attention to attachment and attachment patterns rooted in early experience is second nature to most social workers.

Here's reading on the specifics of John Bowlby and attachment theory. More than you need to know for the exam, but worth digging into. Enjoy and good luck on the exam!


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Social Work Exam Success: "I PASSED!!"

social worker goes to the moon Carlota G., an elated, newly licensed social worker writes:

I want all of you to know how deeply I appreciate each of you and the creators of this website. Because of your knowledge, time, and caring I was able to PASS my Social Work exam today with flying colors!! I love you ALL to the moon and back !! Thank you again.

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Social Work Exam Resource: Wiki Psychology

wiki globe Once upon a time--just a few years back--there was no difficulty locating people who frowned upon using Wikipedia as a reliable source of information. "Crowd-sourced" seemed to equal "iffy." Things change fast. While some professors may not okay Wikipedia in a paper's bibliography, there's no reason you can't lean on the site for lots of valuable wisdom, particularly all things social work exam.

Ready to dig in and get going on the road to licensure? Here's a good place to start: Wikipedia's Outline of Psychology. Linked from this master page, good summaries plus detailed explanations about loads of topics that warrant taking a look at in advance of the big exam. What's Gestalt Psychology? How do you get all those terms in behaviorism straight? Just what did Freud actually say? Answers await. Also take a look at the site's Social Work page--particularly Social Work: Practice. Trying to sort out the difference between existential, humanistic, and feminist therapies? Click away!

Budget, speed, and clarity-loving exam-preppers may very likely find that they prefer Wikipedia to bulky books of exam prep material. Wikipedia costs nothing (zero dollars!), allows fast and focused access to the information you're seeking, and generally includes nice summaries of key information at the top of each topic page.

Once upon a time is in the past. Crowd-sourcing, at least in Wikipedia's case, is working. So get clicking, get learning, and good luck on the exam!


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You Don't Have to Study Alone

studying alone Preparing for the social work licensing exam can be a long, lonely slog. But you don't have to study alone. There are a huge number people in the same boat as you at any time during your exam prep. Lots of them are looking for someone to studying alongside. Someone to help motivate, focus, and organize the study process. And to just make it generally less of a bummer.

But how do you locate such people? One simple way: take a look at SWTP's Study Groups page. People post regularly from around the country and beyond (e.g., Canada, cyberspace), in search of study partners for the exam. Some of these are hyper-local (a small town in Alabama). Others, less so (say, Chicago-area). The least geographically specific study partner-seekers may be the easiest ones to join forces with. If you've got a internet connection (if you're reading this, you do), you can team up virtually using Skype, Google Hangout, or the plain old telephone.

What's stopping you? Studying in pairs and groups has been shown to improve outcomes in many cases. You get someone to compare yourself to, to commiserate with, and to celebrate your victory once you hit the finish line--the one-word finish line that says "PASS." Nothing to it. Good luck!

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