Exam Prep via Podcast

learn by listeningPractice tests and reading are terrific, essential.  But sometimes you may want to take a break from them...without taking a break from studying. That's when to let a good social work podcast step in. Listening can help deepen your knowledge and understanding about a wide variety of topics, many of which are likely to show up on the exam.  Here are three social work podcasts to get friendly with:

The Social Work Podcast. Jonathan Singer's venerable podcast covers lots of material that's great to know for the exam and for social work practice.  A recent episode about social work ethics is a good example.  Be sure to browse the archives; theory and practice basics were the topics on many of the early shows.

inSocialWork. The University of Buffalo's contribution (formerly Living Proof) is...well, they can explain it:  "The purpose of this series is to engage practitioners and researchers in lifelong learning and to promote research to practice and practice to research. inSocialWork features conversations with prominent social work professionals, interviews with cutting-edge researchers, and information on emerging trends and best practices in the field of social work."

Podsocs.  Originating at Australia's Griffith University, this podcast may stray into areas of law and ethics that aren't perfectly aligned with the NASW Code, on which ASWB test questions are based.  But that still leaves plenty of material that can be helpful to ASWB test preppers.  Get browsing.

If you find episodes of any of the above--or other audio--you'd recommend to your fellow license-bound social workers, please sound off in comments. 

Happy listening and good luck on the exam!

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More Social Work Podcasts

Social Work PodcastAlways good/helpful listening.  Recently:

The Process of Evidence-Based Practice: Interview with Danielle E. Parrish, Ph.D.

Behind the Scenes at the Social Work Podcast: Interview with Jonathan Singer

Adoption Policy and Practice in the U.S.A.: Interview with Ruth McRoy, Ph.D.

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Social Work Podcast: Parents of Lesbians and Gays

Social Work PodcastAlways good, often test-relevant, a new Social Work Podcast is up--this one's an interview with Cynthia Conley, PhD:

Cynthia Conley, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Her research focuses on parental concerns about having gay and lesbian children. Currently, Professor Conley is investigating the types of clinical interventions used with heterosexual parents of gay and lesbian children to develop a best practice model to improve family cohesion during the coming out crisis. Professor Conley has worked with LGBT adolescents and their parents since the late 1990s, focusing on heterosexual parent's acceptance of their LGBT children. She provides consultation to organizations, educational institutions, and service providers on working with families of LGBT children. She received her B.A. from Purdue University, her MSW from Indiana University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Louisville.

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Social Work Podcast: The Serenity Prayer

Social Work PodcastA new (as of mid-September) Social Work Podcast Is up:   The Wisdom To Know the Difference: Interview with Eileen Flanagan

Most episodes of the Social Work Podcast take huge topics - like stigma, suicide, and cognitive-behavior therapy, and try to distill them into 30-minute overviews. Today's podcast flips that on its head. Today we're spending over thirty minutes to unpack 25 words. My hope is that listeners learn something about the Serenity prayer - something that they can incorporate into their social work education or practice.


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Social Work Podcast: Social Skills Training with Children and Adolescents

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A new-ish Social Work Podcast:  Social Skills Training with Children and Adolescents.  Among the topics covered:

  • What is social skills training?
  • Who are some of the folks that it is used with - who are the target populations?
  • Could you give some examples of what it is and how it's done?
  • Are the skills that you work on specific to a given diagnosis, or is it not diagnosis specific?

As ever, may help for the test, may not...but good to be saturated in social work as you prep. Alert: Audio starts playing automatically.

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