Here's a holiday-themed free practice question to
help get you ready to pass the ASWB exam:
A client tells a social worker that he was fired after
no-showing for work on Labor Day. He plans to sue his former
employer for wrongful termination. What can the social worker tell
the client about his legal standing?
A. The social worker should refrain from advising on
legal matters and refer the client to a lawyer.
B. Suggest the client find an attorney on his
C. Discuss other issues that may have led to the
client's getting fired.
D. Let the client know that, in most states, employers
aren't required to give days off on federal holidays.
What's your answer?
Let's do what we always do--take the answers one at a time.
A. Refer to a lawyer. Law is out of the scope of practice for
social workers, but knowing a little something about law can come
in handy. Let's put a pin in this one. It's a maybe.
B. Suggest client find attorney. This is less helpful than the
first answer, so probably not the right one. Strike it.
C. Discuss past issues. This is tempting. "Discuss" is almost
always tempting. Let's mark this as maybe also.
D. Inform client about law. Hmm, is this right? Is this an
overreach for a social worker? If you're a social worker,
particularly if you've worked in a residential setting, you've
probably been asked to work holidays, even the big federal ones
like Labor Day. So it can't be that no one works on
federal holidays. Come to think, plenty of businesses are open on
holidays. So this could be right. Let's maybe this one too.
That leaves three maybes (more than the usual two): Refer,
discuss, or inform. There's no acronymed guideline that will give
you the right answer in this case. In some questions, each type of
offered answer will be right. Refer will be correct in a
scope of practice question. Discuss will be right in a
rapport-building and therapy skills question. Inform will
be right in a more fact-based question. So which one is this?
Well, if you already know that businesses are not required to
give days off on federal holidays, you know there's no reason to
refer to an attorney. There's also not a lot to be gained by
discussing the client's past job performance. Which leaves a best
answer: D) Inform the client--tell him the facts of his
One additional clue that this might be the right choice: the
question asks what the social worker can tell the client about his
legal standing. D is the only offered answer that actually does
As ever, one answer doesn't rule out the other answers. It's
just the best answer. Think of it this way: a social worker has
time to give one answer and one answer only to a client. Which
should the social worker choose?
Hope this helps as you tackle more and more practice questions,
and, eventually, the real 170-question ASWB exam itself. Speaking
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Happy studying and good luck on the exam!
(PS Some Labor
Day history here. Good to know.)