Pass the Massachusetts LICSW (Karen Did!)

i passed the test right away - karen c., ma licsw"The Association of Social Work Boards, on behalf of the Massachusetts Board, congratulates you." That's the email Karen got to confirm that she passed the MA LICSW exam. Then she wrote this to us:

I want to thank you. I wanted to study for my LICSW, but once you buy the test from ASWB you have a limited time to study even though I had to wait 3 months to take the test; I wanted a more flexible study plan so someone recommended your site/tests.

I purchased the DSM booster and the Ethics booster first and boy, was I glad I did! It was the perfect way to see what I needed to study. There were questions that helped me realize where my strengths and needs were so that I could study and prepare. The links following each question were wonderful. I went back to the tests many times to refresh my memory. I also purchased the ASWB test later (so nervous about which material to study) and found it was identical to the ones you offer; this is good for anyone ambivalent when choosing the best options.

The flexibility with your site/purchasing options and access to the tests was probably the most helpful of any practice tests/studying I did. Will was awesome and answered my emails right away; I had some issues with signing into my account etc and he fixed the issues---even on the weekend or at night!!

I passed the test right away.

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ASWB Exam Practice Walk-Through: Social Worker Psych Ward Burnout

A new ASWB exam practice question video walk-through. This one's about social worker burnout.

A psychiatric hospital social worker tells her supervisor she's been feeling irritable, exhausted, restless at night, and unsure of her ability to do her job anymore. She's thinking of quitting. The supervisor suggests a new hobby, some exercise, and time with friends. How is the supervisor most likely conceptualizing the social worker's complaints?

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This summer, I get licensed!

this summer, i get licensedHave plans to pass the ASWB exam this summer? You're not alone. You've got the company of thousands of other social workers. Don't be surprised if you that lounging person you think is just checking Instagram actually has a practice test opened and is deep in concentration, getting ready to take the big test. Try it out. You'll remember passing the exam better than any beach read.

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ASWB Exam Pratice—Erikson’s Stages

gothHere's a quick practice question to keep you on your toes.

A man brings his 16-year-old son to a therapy appointment to have him assessed for depression. His son has started wearing black and has dyed his blond hair black. The boy denies he's depressed and says that all his friends dress the way he does. According to Erik Erikson's stages of psychosocial development, which crisis is the client experiencing?

A. Industry vs. inferiority.

B. Autonomy vs. shame and doubt.

C. Identity vs. role confusion.

D. Intimacy vs. isolation.

What do you think?

For a question like this, you can strip the stem down to its essentials: a teenager and Erikson. The question could be much simpler and ask the same thing: What is the central conflict for teenagers according to Erikson's stages of psychosocial development?

Either way, it's handy to know the stages. But even if you don't, you might be able to figure it out. Let's walk through the options together: Industry vs. inferiority. Sounds like middle school (it's actually 6-12). Autonomy vs. shame and doubt (sounds like infants or teens…let's leave that one for a second). Identity vs role confusion (sounds very teenage). Intimacy vs. isolation (sounds like the partnering years. 20s, say. And it is-20s-40s).

So, with this, we've narrowed down to autonomy vs. shame and doubt and identity vs. role confusion.

Which one sounds more like a teenager to you?

Think of the teenagers in your life. Think of  yourself as a teenager. Trying to develop a sense of self. Struggling with the question, "What do I want to do with my life?" Sounds like one of the options more than any of the others: C, identity vs. role confusion.

Sometimes "sounds like" is the best you can do on the ASWB exam. And that's fine. You don't need to have the answer immediately at your fingertips for every single question. If you can narrow to two options and take your best guess, that's sometimes the best you can do.

To avoid having the entire exam feel like mysterious guesswork, it's best to get to exposed to lots and lots of practice questions as you prep for the exam. And that's what we've got here (sign up to get started!).

Happy studying, good luck on the exam, and with whatever Eriksonian stage you're grappling with right now!

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ASWB Exam Practice - CBT

working Here's another free practice question from the retired SWTP bonus exam. How well do you know your cognitive distortions?

A client who is receiving cognitive behavioral therapy worries that because he turned in a work report a day late, his bosses are angry at him and he will never be promoted. Which of the following cognitive distortions is the client using?   

A. Mental filtering   

B. Catastrophizing    

C. Personalization   

D. Labeling

What do you think?

Let's look at some definitions.

Mental filtering occurs when a client focuses exclusively on the negative aspects of a situation, excluding the positive. ("Sure, I won the election, but only by 51%.")

With personalization, people take the blame for something over which they have no control. This client is exaggerating the likely negative repercussions for something he did have control over (completing the report).

Labeling occurs when a client slaps negative labels on himself or on another person or object. The client in this scenario is not labeling anything.

The client has taken a minor problem (turning in work a day late) and imagining a worst-case result (being disliked and never promoted), a good example of catastrophizing.

You have your answer. And now you're that much more ready to go pass the social work licensing exam.

But maybe not all the way ready. For that, try our full-length, real-time ASWB exam practice tests

For more about cognitive distortions, check out this list from Psych Central.

Happy studying and good luck on the exam!