Here's a free practice question to help get you
ready to pass the ASWB exam.
A couple has been meeting with a social worker for three
weeks. They report wanting to work on their marriage. Despite the
social worker's attempts to set rules, they argue constantly over
small details. The social worker responds by saying, "You two are
really good are arguing. Can you continue arguing for the next five
minutes? I'll set a timer." The social worker's response is an
A. A paradoxical intervention.
B. Solution focused therapy.
C. Functional family therapy.
D. Unethical behavior.
What's your answer?
Let's go from the bottom up.
Unethical behavior? Nah. If you thought the social worker is
being sarcastic, you might be tempted by this answer. But sarcasm
Functional family therapy. First of all, if you've never heard
of it, it's probably not the right answer on the social work
licensing exam. Here's what functional family therapy is, according
[A] short-term treatment strategy that is built on a foundation
of respect of individuals, families and cultures, but that includes
powerful treatment strategies that pave the way for motivating
individuals and families to become more adaptive and successful in
their own lives.
TL; DR? It's not the correct answer here.
Solution focused therapy you probably have heard
of. Here's the approach nutshelled via
SFBT is future-focused, goal-directed, and focuses on solutions,
rather than on the problems that brought clients to seek
Also not what's going on in this quick vignette.
Which leaves us with one answer. Let's hope it's a good one.
A paradoxical intervention. What's that? It's when a therapist
prescribes the behavior that is the target of the intervention.
"Smoke more." "Sleep less." Or, in this case, "fight for the next
Asked. Answered. And now you're that much more ready to go pass
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