Leonard Passed the Exam–SWTP “Money well spent.”

leonard passed the clinical social work examMeant to post this a while back. Congratulations are due to Leonard, new LCSW in New York. There he is alongside that magic word, PASS.

I passed!! I would like to thank you for this test prep site, money well spent.

Some words of wisdom for those still prepping:

Utilize SWTP's study mode and rationales to master the type of answers being sought by the ASWB!

Put Leonard's suggestions to work by creating an account and getting however many SWTP exams as you like. (You get to build your own bundle to suit your study plan and budget.) With five complete 170-question practice tests and two boosters (one all DSM, one all ethics), you'll have a giant collection of questions, rationales, and suggested study links at your fingertips. It'll all be a huge help it getting you to the end of the exam with a pass sheet of your own.

Happy studying and good luck on the exam!

Alicia Passed the LCSW Exam—“I’m so happy.”

alicia passed the social work examI passed my LCSW…I'm so happy.  I owe a great part of my accomplishment to your practice tests.  I didn't pass 2X by 3-4 points. Needless to say,  I was devastated.  But thanks to your help and my eagerness to pass, I accomplished it.  I passed with flying colors.  I needed 103 to pass and I answered 113 right…Needless to say a weight has lifted. Thank you! 

Does she have  words of wisdom for people still preparing to take the test?

I would say…consistency, dedication and focus.  Repetition and practice questions also helped me.  Don't just focus on knowing the Code of Ethics, make sure you also understand it as well. Give yourself grace and enough time to prepare.  I have testing anxiety so it was helpful for me to walk in the exam with full confidence that I gave 100% in preparing for the exam.

Congratulations and thank you for writing, Alicia!

Ready to put Alicia's example and advice to work? Create your account to get started. SWTP practice tests have helped countless thousands of social workers pass the ASWB exam. You're next.

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Fatima Got Licensed! - “I passed with flying colors.”

fatima passed the social work examA message from Fatima, newly licensed in New York:

Hi! Just want to share that I passed my LCSW exam. Your practice tests were the absolute best and I do believe that the study I got from prepared me immensely. I didn't just pass, I passed with flying colors. Thank you so much!!!

Congratulations, Fatima! Great to hear. Great to see a new proud, smiling, pass-sheet selfie.

Reader, you're next.

Get started by signing up to create an account (you'll receive a free study guide link when you do). Then get practicing. We've got five complete social work exam practice tests, each with thorough rationales for each answer of every question. Plus two sets of booster questions, one all DSM, one all ethics.

There's no better way to get to your pass-sheet selfie moment than high quality practice. Fatima did it. Now it's your turn.

Happy studying and good luck on the exam!

Shannon Passed! “This test prep really helped prepare me.”

celebrate - passed the lcswFrom the SWTP inbox:

This test prep really helped prepare me. I let my license expire 15 years ago. This was the second time taking the exam for me and I did better then I did the first time! Many things had changed and your tests helped put me in the right place to recognize the gaps and resources to fill them. I would definitely recommend this preparation.  -- Shannon

Congratulations, Shannon! After 15 years and two attempts, you're licensed. Yay!

Ready to join Shannon--and thousands of social workers--who have used SWTP to pass the social work licensing exam? Get started by signing up. We'll send you our free study guide, which includes practice questions seen nowhere else on the site.

Looking forward to getting a note from you with passing news soon!

Happy studying and good luck on the exam!

DSM5-TR: Prolonged Grief Disorder

dsm5trThe text revision for DSM5 is the now the diagnostic book of record for the APA…and for the ASWB. We've detailed some of the changes in earlier posts. The changes between regular 5 and 5-TR are many, but easy to miss. One big change stands out and it worth some extra time to get familiar with before stepping up to the the social work licensing exam: the reworking of extended grief into prolonged grief disorder. Here's the full criteria via Psychiatry Online.

Diagnostic Criteria for Prolonged Grief Disorder (F43.8)

  1. The death, at least 12 months ago, of a person who was close to the bereaved individual (for children and adolescents, at least 6 months ago).

  2. Since the death, the development of a persistent grief response characterized by one or both of the following symptoms, which have been present most days to a clinically significant degree. In addition, the symptom(s) has occurred nearly every day for at least the last month:

    1. Intense yearning/longing for the deceased person.

    2. Preoccupation with thoughts or memories of the deceased person (in children and adolescents, preoccupation may focus on the circumstances of the death).

  3. Since the death, at least three of the following symptoms have been present most days to a clinically significant degree. In addition, the symptoms have occurred nearly every day for at least the last month:

    1. Identity disruption (e.g., feeling as though part of oneself has died) since the death.

    2. Marked sense of disbelief about the death.

    3. Avoidance of reminders that the person is dead (in children and adolescents, may be characterized by efforts to avoid reminders).

    4. Intense emotional pain (e.g., anger, bitterness, sorrow) related to the death.

    5. Difficulty reintegrating into one's relationships and activities after the death (e.g., problems engaging with friends, pursuing interests, or planning for the future).

    6. Emotional numbness (absence or marked reduction of emotional experience) as a result of the death.

    7. Feeling that life is meaningless as a result of the death.

    8. Intense loneliness as a result of the death.

  4. The disturbance causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

  5. The duration and severity of the bereavement reaction clearly exceed expected social, cultural, or religious norms for the individual's culture and context.

  6. The symptoms are not better explained by another mental disorder, such as major depressive disorder or posttraumatic stress disorder, and are not attributable to the physiological effects of a substance (e.g., medication, alcohol) or another medical condition.

Remember, the social work licensing exam is meant for beginning social workers. You are being tested for starter knowledge, skills, and abilities-primarily the KSAs that might prevent you from doing harm as you put your license to use. Even for the clinical exam, you don't have to memorize every line of every diagnosis. But you should have a working familiarity with the diagnoses that come up most regularly (you know the ones).

A great way to get that knowledge locked in and get familiar with the test itself: practice tests. We've got lots of 'em. If you haven't already, create an account to get started.

Happy studying and good luck on the exam!

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