Here's one from the discard pile, an exam
question that requires some knowledge of Imago Therapy. Imago
Therapy will not be on the exam. Even so, try the practice question
and see if you can use your deduction techniques to get the right
answer. Sometimes it's the how-to process, not content knowledge,
that plays the essential part in reaching a correct answer. Here's
In a an intake with a social worker, a couple reports
experiencing high conflict and difficulty communicating. The social
worker plans to use Imago therapy with the couple. What are
techniques the social worker would MOST likely use?
A. Recommend each person attend individual therapy to
help them discover what they are gaining from participating in the
B. Teach the couple techniques to improve their
communication and identify productive conflict-resolution
C. Use a variety of techniques to help the couple
uncover the unconscious reasons they became attracted to one
D. Help the couple learn how their thoughts contribute
to their maladaptive behaviors and negative feelings toward one
What do you think?
So here's the how-to: You don't have to know Imago Therapy. You
just have to know what isn't Imago Therapy. That is, can
you identify what theory or technique each answer identifies. Let's
take 'em one at a time:
A. Individual therapy instead. This doesn't sound like any
theory in particular (though it may not be a bad idea). Imago
therapy doesn't explicitly recommend separate individual therapy in
place of couples counseling.
B. Teach conflict resolution. A very practical answer. And
therefore probably not the right one. The word "Imago" evokes
internal images, object relations, etc. Something more
psychodynamic. Pass on this for the time being.
C. Uncover unconscious motivations. Ah-ah, now we're getting
somewhere. Mark this as a possibility and power through.
D. Address thoughts. You know what that is, right? CBT. So
scratch that answer.
Really just one good answer is left standing. The correct
answer: C. And, sure enough (if you want to look it up), Imago
Therapy views conflict as a symptom of deeper relationship issues
originating in childhood wounds, and uses a variety of behavioral
and spiritual techniques to help people address those unmet
Hope that helps. The moral of the story is that you can learn
more from each practice ASWB exam question than just the content
covered in the question stem. That's why we've got thorough
rationales for each answer of each question of the full-length SWTP
practice tests. If you haven't already, check 'em out.
Happy studying, stay safe, and good luck with the exam!