NASW Legal Issue of the Month

Justice (By J.-H. Janßen via Wikimedia Commons) Here's another big collection of articles that test preppers may find helpful: the NASW Legal Issue of the Month. It's not unlikely that exam writers may have stumbled across these very articles and shaped a question or two based upon their contents. That doesn't mean you should read through every word of every article--please don't! Think of them as supplementary, for when you get tired of studying other material but don't want to feel like you're slacking. You may even find some of the material interesting and/or useful! (Note: Some are for NASW members only.)

Happy reading--or ignoring--and good luck on the exam.

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NASW Standards of Practice

Standards Of PracticeYou've got plenty of reading as it is.  But if you want to pile on some extra, here's the collection of NASW Standards of Practice pdfs.  If something jumps out at you as especially helpful for licensing test prep, let us know.

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Positive Discipline

Would liked to have known what Positive Discipline was before running the vignette practice exam I just did not-so-great on. Oh well. Some answers:
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Nonverbal Communication

EyeAnother Wiki page worth a speed read: Nonverbal Communication. You may have heard of kinesics (movement), proxemics (space), and paralanguage (intonation). But haptics (touching)? New vocab for me.  

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Defense Mechanisms

DefendedEncountered while making flash cards--hadn't seen this elsewhere, but seems helpful (and wouldn't fit on a card)--Vaillant's Levels of Defense Mechanisms:

Level I - psychotic defences (i.e. psychotic denial, delusional projection)
Level II - immature defences (i.e. fantasy, projection, passive aggression, acting out)
Level III - neurotic defences (i.e. intellectualization, reaction formation, dissociation, displacement, repression)
Level IV - mature defences (i.e. humour, sublimation, suppression, altruism, anticipation)
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