“Thought of the Day: Shara Ruffin, LCSW After 5 grueling hours of testing!”

shara got licensedAmazing post from Shara on the SWTP Facebook Group:

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Shara Ruffin, LCSW, ACSW, C-SWHC, BC-TMH

After 5 grueling hours !

Yes I have alphabet soup and I don't give a damn!!

Thought of the Day:

Shara Ruffin, LCSW

After 5 grueling hours of testing!

MY Testimony

10 years since I received my Masters in Social Work (MSW) at Howard University School of Social Work .

7 years since passing my master level social work license. (LSW)

It usually takes 2 years to get the LCSW, however life happened between my masters degree and present day. 2010 -2020.

2011 -failed by 3 points LSW exam.

2013- passed by 15 points LSW.

2014- Marriage

Gave Birth to a still born daughter

Gave birth to a medically compromised son

2015-Managing single motherhood post-partum depression, anxiety, trauma, while working a full time job as a mental health professional and working toward clinical hours.

2016 -Military Divorce

November 2019 -failed LCSW exam by 2 pts

December 2019 - after I failed my exam. I put my failure aside and I coached a social work colleague and college friend through their LCSW and she passed.

March 2020 -Lost ability to work after the pandemic started due to needing to homeschool son at home. I had to apply for foodstamps due to loss in income.

shara passed the lcsw examApril 2020 -Invested stimulus money and taxes into increasing my clinical skills, while studying for the LCSW exam.

July 2020

I applied for state insurance because I did not have health insurance . Reach out to a mental health facility because my mental health was declining for help, due to my GAD and ADHD symptoms increasing. I got on medication for my anxiety and adhd through a psychiatrist and received Individual counseling for my anxiety.

August 2020

Got testing accommodations through ASWB, separate testing room for read aloud, 1 extra hour of testing after getting an updated neuropsychiatric evaluation which my insurance did not pay for which was an extra $500.00.

November 6th, 2020 I passed the LCSW exam.


"You have a dream go get it no matter what life throws at you".

Advocate for yourself.

Get help when you needed it

November 6th, 2020 I passed the LCSW exam.


"You have a dream go get it no matter what life throws at you".

shara pennsylvania lcsw licenseThank you for all the help to those that have known and witnessed the journey !

She followed up today with this, alongside a picture of her license.

So I just cried for 30 minutes I opened my mail today and it became real

Congratulations, Shara! Proud to have played a small part in helping you get to this moment. Go get 'em!

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Christi Passed with SWTP: “The practice tests were incredibly helpful!”

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I just wanted to let you all know what a tremendous help Social Work Test Prep was for my preparation to take my clinical exam. The practice tests were incredibly helpful! I was so excited to pass on my first try and this program was a big part of that! I have sung the program's praises on social media and to my social work friends!!

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Vanessa Voted Early. Have You?

vanessa votedPretty sure most of you are voting. But have you voted yet? It's time! When social workers vote, good things happen. Among the least significant (but not insignificant) of possible benefits to voting in this election, you get to take advantage of the 25% savings on SWTP practice exams when you send in an I Voted selfie.

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That part is easy. Also consider this: You can double your savings by pitching in with get out the vote efforts. In two steps:

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SWTP Election Specials

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It's all part of the Code of Ethics (this is the test prep part):

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.

Thanks in advance! Happy voting, happy studying, and good luck on the exam!

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