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Stephanie Passed the New York Clinical Exam

stephanie passed the ny clinical examI passed! The practice exams helped prepare me tremendously. Such a proud moment. - Stephanie

Congratulations, Stephanie! That's the proud smile everyone on here is working toward.

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New NASW Code of Ethics Updates

nasw code of ethics updatesThe NASW has updated the Code of Ethics, its essential guide to social work practice and a hefty part of the social work licensing exam. Changes for 2020 and 2021 are highlighted here. Among the newer, noteworthy alterations, this paragraph regarding self care:

Professional self-care is paramount for competent and ethical social work practice. Professional demands, challenging workplace climates, and exposure to trauma warrant that social workers maintain personal and professional health, safety, and integrity. Social work organizations, agencies, and educational institutions are encouraged to promote organizational policies, practices, and materials to support social workers' self-care.

And this, under 1.05 Cultural Competence:

(c) Social workers should demonstrate awareness and cultural humility by engaging in critical self-reflection (understanding their own bias and engaging in self-correction); recognizing clients as experts of their own culture; committing to life-long learning; and holding institutions accountable for advancing cultural humility.

Other recent and recent-ish changes include this tweak to the Informed Consent section:

(c) Social workers should demonstrate awareness and cultural humility by engaging in critical self-reflection (understanding their own bias and engaging in self-correction); recognizing clients as experts of their own culture; committing to life-long learning; and holding institutions accountable for advancing cultural humility.

This, under the Competence heading:

(d) Social workers who use technology in the provision of social work services should ensure that they have the necessary knowledge and skills to provide such services in a competent manner. This includes an understanding of the special communication challenges when using technology and the ability to implement strategies to address these challenges.

And, from 1.05 Cultural Awareness and Social Diversity:

(d) Social workers who provide electronic social work services should be aware of cultural and socioeconomic differences among clients and how they may use electronic technology. Social workers should assess cultural, environmental, economic, mental or physical ability, linguistic, and other issues that may affect the delivery or use of these services.

And on from there, including a big section amended in 1.07, Privacy and Confidentiality regarding electronic communications and record keeping. But that's a year old-you already knew it by heart, right?

This, or material nearby in the COE, will be on the exam. Anything in the Code of Ethics may show up on the ASWB exam. Even as there's variation in the amount of macro, medication, or diagnostic questions exam to exam, one guaranteed constant is ethics. Learn it, know it, live it.

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Happy studying and good luck on the exam!



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Social Work Exam Question Making–Home-Based Services

dinnertimeWhere do social work exam question come from? They come from social workers like you-or maybe like you a few years from now. Exam writers are licensed social workers who, for a fee, agree to help generate new content for the ASWB exam. Where do they get their ideas for new exam content? Well, where would you get it from? From experience probably. And, if you ran out of experience to draw upon, where would you turn? Probably past questions, textbooks, articles…

Which is why we recommend studying as if you were an exam writer. When you're reviewing exam content, think to yourself, "How might this material be formed into a licensing exam question?"

Here's some practice. Take a look at this Eye on Ethics column, Boundary Challenges Outside of the Office - Home-Based Services. There's material there for several solid social work exam questions. Real world, ethics-based, tricky situations. Here's one we came up with:

A social worker in a group home for adolescents who do not have stable families. The social worker's clients gather routinely for meals in the group home's dining room. They invite the social worker to join them. The social worker should:

A. Refuse the invitation to avoid boundary crossing.

B. Accept the invitation and join in regular conversation.

C. Accept the invitation but refrain from overly engaging in dinner table conversation.

D. Politely refuse the invitation and return to other work.

How would you answer?

The article includes more info:

The program model includes having the social worker, who serves all of the group home's residents, join in meals occasionally to enhance relationships.

So, if you've read that, you can quickly strike A & D (refuse and politely refuse). That leaves joining the dinner and talking and joining the dinner and talking only a little.

Sure, social workers are generally  better off listening than holding forth. But holding forth isn't really "regular conversation." Which leaves one best answer: B. Accept and talk.

The actual, real-world response, according to the article:

The social worker is careful to avoid engaging in treatment-related conversation or disclosing too much personal information during the meal. Her goal is to engage with the residents informally and to talk about "safe" issues (for example, current events, sports, popular music, television shows) that do not involve deeply personal, sensitive, or confidential matters.

If you've worked an inpatient setting, you've likely joined clients in all kinds of activities. It's part of treatment-an important part. A question like this, given that experience, is a freebie.

So move on to the next Eye on Ethics column and come up with your own question. Does it seem like a real exam question? Send it in! Maybe we'll post it here. More free practice for your fellow exam-prepping social worker.

Happy reading, happy question writing, and good luck with the exam!

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Jasmine Passed the ASWB Exam in Michigan–“Your program was AMAZING!”

jasmine passed the clinical exam in michiganYour program was AMAZING! I passed my clinical exam with the help of this great program. This was the only program that the questions resembled the actual exam. - Jasmine

Congratulations, Jasmine!

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More congratulations, Jasmine, and everyone who has recently passed the test. For those still prepping, happy studying and good luck!

(Note: We'd just posted Jasmine's great testimonial when she sent in this picture to accompany it…deserving of it's own post, for sure. Looking forward to getting your pass-sheet picture soon!)

Laura (and Jasmine and Daniel and Janice and Jenni) Passed the Social Work Licensing Exam!

laura passed the social work licensing exam in mississippiI'm so glad I used Social Work Test Prep! Passed on my first try! Money well spent! - Laura (pictured)

Your program was AMAZING! I passed my clinical exam with the help of this great program. This was the only program that the questions resembled the actual exam. - Jasmine

Thanks for the help. I used 4 of the exams and was able to pass on the first attempt. - Daniel

I passed my exam!!! I'm so happy I took your program! - Janice

I wanted to let you know I passed my LCSW! I really appreciate SWTP and the practice exams were a huge help! - Jenni

Congratulations, Laura, Jasmine, Daniel, Janice, and Jenni! Thanks for writing. And to everyone who has recently passed the ASWB exam with SWTP, way to go! Cue the confetti and celebratory music. (I'm dancing as I type this.)

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More congratulations, all! And congratulations in advance to you, future exam taker (and passer!). Happy studying and good luck!

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