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Sierra Passed the Ohio ASWB Exam

sierra passed the ohio bachelors examJust in this morning:

Thank u thank u thank u!!! My daughter passed with flying colors the exam and she said your program helped soooooooo much!!

Congratulations, Sierra (and proud family)!

The world needs more licensed social workers. Welcome aboard, Sierra!

If you're reading this and haven't yet passed the ASWB exam, we're here to help. There are five complete social work practice tests on the site, plus booster tests focused entirely on a single topic (one all-DSM, one all-ethics).

Thanks for being a social worker. Good luck on the exam!

Social Work/Social Justice

image"Social workers should promote the general welfare of society, from local to global levels, and the development of people, their communities, and their environments. Social workers should advocate for living conditions conducive to the fulfillment of basic human needs and should promote social, economic, political, and cultural values and institutions that are compatible with the realization of social justice."

That's from the NASW Code of Ethics (full section below). Maybe it can help guide your actions as you try to make sense of the times we're living in and have been living in.

What does the NASW mean by social justice? Take a look at the NASW website where what social workers stand for is spelled out very clearly. A series of Social Justice Briefs gets into the details regarding, among other things, police racial profiling, cash bail, and disparities in the criminal justice system.

All this is part of being a social worker. Social work isn't just working with clients. It's working with society as a whole. And we've all got a lot of work to do.

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Here's that section from the Code of Ethics.

6. Social Workers' Ethical Responsibilities to the Broader Society

6.01 Social Welfare
Social workers should promote the general welfare of society, from local to global levels, and the development of people, their communities, and their environments. Social workers should advocate for living conditions conducive to the fulfillment of basic human needs and should promote social, economic, political, and cultural values and institutions that are compatible with the realization of social justice.

6.02 Public Participation
Social workers should facilitate informed participation by the public in shaping social policies and institutions.

6.03 Public Emergencies
Social workers should provide appropriate professional services in public emergencies to the greatest extent possible.

6.04 Social and Political Action
(a) Social workers should engage in social and political action that seeks to ensure that all people have equal access to the resources, employment, services, and opportunities they require to meet their basic human needs and to develop fully. Social workers should be aware of the impact of the political arena on practice and should advocate for changes in policy and legislation to improve social conditions in order to meet basic human needs and promote social justice.

(b) Social workers should act to expand choice and opportunity for all people, with special regard for vulnerable, disadvantaged, oppressed, and exploited people and groups.

(c) Social workers should promote conditions that encourage respect for cultural and social diversity within the United States and globally. Social workers should promote policies and practices that demonstrate respect for difference, support the expansion of cultural knowledge and resources, advocate for programs and institutions that demonstrate cultural competence, and promote policies that safeguard the rights of and confirm equity and social justice for all people.

(d) Social workers should act to prevent and eliminate domination of, exploitation of, and discrimination against any person, group, or class on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, or mental or physical ability.

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ASWB Practice Question: Parent Attitudes and Child Substance Use

teen smokingA mother tells a social worker she knows her teenager will experiment with drugs at some point because "all kids try marijuana." How is this mother's attitude likely to affect her child's substance use?

Okay, stop here. Do you have a general idea what the answer should look like? It's often helpful to take a second and think it through. In this case: will the mother's permissiveness increase, decrease, or have no impact on her child's substance use? What's your knowledge of the topic say? What's your gut say?

Let's look at the offered answers.

A. This mother's attitude can help her child use substances more responsibly because there is no need to rebel or lie about experimentation.

B. The likelihood that the child will experiment won't be affected, since a parent's attitude about drugs and alcohol has minimal bearing on whether or not a child uses substances.

C. This mother's attitude is apt to be a self-fulfilling prophecy that will increase the likelihood her child will use substances.

D. Since this mother has an open mind about substance use, her attitude may actually decrease the likelihood that her child will experiment with drugs.

If you're a SWTP free practice question completist, this may ring a bell. This is similar to a question we posted once-upon-a-time on the blog.

Which answer most closely matches what you were picturing? Boiled down, the choices are that the mother's attitude will:

A. Decrease the teen's substance use.

B. No impact on the teen's substance use.

C. Increase the teen's substance use.

D. Paradoxically decrease the teen's substance use.

What do you think?

An answer: Not every family is the same, but generally speaking, permissive parenting with fewer limits gets you a kid more at ease with experimentation. Authoritarian parenting engenders resentment and rebellion. The parenting style that's balanced between the two poles, the to-be-aimed-for sweet spot, is called authoritative parenting. Each will impact child substance use-which more-or-less gives you the answer. (It's C, increase).

Note, the question doesn't ask about substance abuse, just use. Mom says it's okay to try a drug, the kid is probably going to try the drug. Just to see. Right?

Or does that conflict with your ideas on the topic? Here are a couple of articles that detail research findings. Good to know.

Hopefully, you'll get to put this to use on the ASWB exam as you work your way to a PASS.

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Happy studying and good luck on the exam!

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Denise Passed the California Law & Ethics Exam

denise passed the ca law and ethics examCalifornia's the only state that has a separate law and ethics exam. Denise is in California, so she had the extra obstacle to clear. And she did. Her note:

I passed on my first try. Thanks.

Congratulations, Denise!

If you're in California and need L&E practice or clinical exam practice, we've got that. And if you're anywhere else the ASWB covers (that's the rest of the U.S. and Canada), we've got practice for you. Create an account to get started. We're rooting for you.

Happy studying and good luck with the exam!

Janay Passed the Masters Exam

janay passed the hawaii masters examInbox item from Hawaii:

Hi! I passed the exam! SWTP was a great and useful study guide. The questions really helped and mimicked the real test so much! Thanks for creating such a great resource!

Congratulations, Janay! Excellent news!

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