Here's a free social work exam practice question
to keep you sharp:
On an initial intake with a community clinic social
worker, a client reports that he made a threat to a co-worker and
was given a leave of absence from work as a result. He says that he
needs a note from the social worker stating he is able to perform
the duties of his job so he can return to work. How should the
social worker proceed?
A. Describe the criteria the client will need to meet in
order to receive the requested note.
B. Tell the client that the social worker cannot help
with the requested note to his
C. Seek consultation regarding the social worker's
ability to write the requested note.
D. Tell the client he must attend an anger management
group before the note can be written.
What do you think…? Are you sure…?
Let's take the answers one a time.
A. This is great if you know all that material. But what are the
chances the social worker has the full picture here? It's premature
to start spelling out criteria for a note.
B. Social workers can write notes just like the one requested. A
hard "no" isn't necessarily appropriate here.
C. When you don't know, ask. This answer is a contender.
D. This answer tries to lure you in to making hasty conclusions
about what's going on. Rely on the evidence presented. In this
case, a client report about a threat isn't enough to take decisive
action on. Avoid answers that assume information not clearly
spelled out in the question. Pass on this.
Which leaves us with a best of the offered answers: C,
Did you get it right?
Generally speaking, conducting a risk assessment that determines
if the client should return to work is a specialized skill. The
social worker (who we're not led to believe has these special
skills) should seek consultation to discuss whether or not writing
the note is within the social worker's scope of practice and
And remember, the very best answer may not be offered in the
multiple choice question. Where's "seek collateral information"?
Not included here. You're tasked with picking the best of the
offered answers, whether it's the very best course of
action or not.
The ASWB is a gatekeeper. The org's job is to ensure that
license social workers know how to operate safely and ethically
within the scope of social work practice. Don't expect to see many
questions about obscure theories on the ASWB exam. The test is
designed to assess whether you have the essentials
understood: what's ethical, what's safe, and what's a social
Know that Code of Ethics. Have common sense. And keep taking
practice tests to make sure you're reading closely, carefully, and
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