Psychological defense mechanisms and their effects on behavior and relationships

Psychological defense mechanisms and their effects on behavior and relationships

February 9, 2024  |  knowledge  |  theory

The ASWB exam content outline journeys into ego psychology with this item: Psychological defense mechanisms and their effects on behavior and relationships.



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Congruence and Genuineness in Psychotherapy

Congruence and Genuineness in Psychotherapy

February 1, 2024  |  knowledge  |  theory

Congruence and genuineness are essential concepts in person-centered therapy developed by Carl Rogers. These terms are often used interchangeably and are crucial for building a therapeutic relationship.



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Social Learning Theory

Social Learning Theory

January 17, 2024  |  knowledge  |  theory

Putting together the theories of human development a few posts ago, realized that we've somehow never posted about social learning theory here. Let's fix that and then take a look how this material may appear on the social work licensing exam.



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Strengths-based and resilience theories

Strengths-based and resilience theories

December 21, 2023  |  knowledge  |  theory

Strengths-based and resilience theories is next up in our tour of the ASWB exam content outline. Let's take a look at the topic and how it may show up on the licensing exam. Strengths-Based Theory Strengths-



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Theories of Conflict and the Social Work Exam

Theories of Conflict and the Social Work Exam

October 17, 2023  |  theory  |  knowledge  |  practice

Here's another item from the ASWB exam content outline worth of look: theories of conflict. It's in the HBSE section of a social work exam--



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Feminist Theory and the Social Work Exam

Feminist Theory and the Social Work Exam

October 7, 2023  |  theory  |  knowledge  |  practice

Another item on the ASWB's exam outline: feminist theory. Let's review to get you ready to handle any feminist theory questions that come up on the social work licensing exam. We'll finish with a free practice question.



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Theories of racial, ethnic, and cultural development throughout the lifespan

Theories of racial, ethnic, and cultural development throughout the lifespan

September 19, 2023  |  knowledge  |  practice  |  theory

Here's a item straight from the ASWB content outline: Theories of racial, ethnic, and cultural development throughout the lifespan. You may know them well; they may be entirely new to you.



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Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

August 10, 2023  |  theory  |  knowledge  |  practice

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is a psychological theory proposed by Abraham Maslow in the 1940s. The theory suggests that individuals have a hierarchy of needs that must be fulfilled to realize one's full potential.



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A Freud Primer

A Freud Primer

August 7, 2023  |  theory  |  knowledge  |  practice

Sigmund Freud (1856–1939) was the founder of psychoanalysis. His groundbreaking work delved into the unconscious mind, proposing that it influences human behavior and emotions.



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Theories of Couples Development

Theories of Couples Development

August 4, 2023  |  knowledge  |  theory  |  practice

A couple has recently started dating and is in the early stages of their relationship. They have just begun to share more personal information with each other, and their interactions are becoming more frequent and intimate.



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Understanding Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development

Understanding Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development

August 3, 2023  |  knowledge  |  theory  |  practice

Lawrence Kohlberg's theory of moral development was developed in the 1950s and 1960s, outlining the stages individuals progress through in their moral reasoning from childhood to adulthood.



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The Theorists

The Theorists

July 25, 2023  |  knowledge  |  theory

Toward a possible big book of exam content, here are some key theorists and their theories--



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Maslow for the Social Work Exam

Maslow for the Social Work Exam

April 1, 2015  |  knowledge  |  theory

It's Abraham Maslow's birthday (4/1). Happy Birthday, Maslow! It's as good a time as any to review Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Picture it as a big, pyramidal birthday cake, if that helps you get them understood.



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Interpersonal Psychotherapy and the Social Work Exam

Interpersonal Psychotherapy and the Social Work Exam

July 7, 2014  |  knowledge  |  theory

What is Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)? We could go into some detail, but then Wikipedia has it laid out so nicely, why waste your time?



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Defense Mechanisms and the Social Work Exam

Defense Mechanisms and the Social Work Exam

June 18, 2014  |  knowledge  |  theory

One way to anticipate what may appear on the social work licensing exam is to think what you might write as a question if the task fell to you.



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The Transtheoretical Model and the Social Work Exam

The Transtheoretical Model and the Social Work Exam

May 27, 2014  |  knowledge  |  theory

While the social work exam may not refer to the Transtheoretical Model (TTM), there's a pretty good chance you'll encounter an exam question about the Stages of Change.



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Bowenian Family Therapy and the Social Work Exam

Bowenian Family Therapy and the Social Work Exam

May 22, 2014  |  knowledge  |  theory  |  video

Murray Bowen is credited by some with generating a wholly new way of thinking about human behavior. That new way: Family Systems Theory, put into action as Bowenian Famliy Therapy.



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Crisis Intervention and the Social Work Exam

Crisis Intervention and the Social Work Exam

May 14, 2014  |  knowledge  |  theory

While touring various theories and interventions that may come up on the social work exam, don't forget to take some time for something that you can be fairly certain to encounter on the big test (and in social work practice): crisis intervention.



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Existential Therapy and the Social Work Exam

Existential Therapy and the Social Work Exam

May 8, 2014  |  knowledge  |  theory

Did you have to read The Stranger or maybe some Sartre in school? If so, you know something about existentialism. If not, or if you need brushing up, here's Merriam-



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Gestalt Therapy and the Social Work Exam

Gestalt Therapy and the Social Work Exam

May 5, 2014  |  knowledge  |  theory

Once you've got down the basics--CBT, DBT, psychodynamic therapy, and the like--you're ready to dig deeper in your licensing exam prep. That means you'll be putting together knowledge about material that may not actually appear on the exam.



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Psychodynamic Therapy and the Social Work Exam

Psychodynamic Therapy and the Social Work Exam

May 3, 2014  |  knowledge  |  theory

For most vignette questions on the social work licensing exam where a client presents with a problem and the social worker needs to choose the BEST intervention, you'll be given a choice between something here-and-now, problem-



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DBT and the Social Work Exam

DBT and the Social Work Exam

April 21, 2014  |  knowledge  |  theory

Here's another therapy you shouldn't be surprised to see appear on the social work licensing exam: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). What's DBT? Here are some quick answers to that question--



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CBT and the Social Work Exam

CBT and the Social Work Exam

April 8, 2014  |  knowledge  |  theory

A good general guideline for the social work licensing exam: "When in doubt, it's CBT." Why? Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is research validated therapy practice. That is, it works--studies say so.



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Kohlberg and the Social Work Exam

Kohlberg and the Social Work Exam

October 2, 2013  |  knowledge  |  video  |  theory

Worth reviewing for the social work licensing exam, Lawrence Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development. Pick your source--they all say more-or-less the same thing: from SimplyPsych from Wikipedia from About Here's a video walk-



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Understanding Attachment Theory

Understanding Attachment Theory

January 17, 2013  |  knowledge  |  video  |  theory

Attachment in eight minutes: Find more helpful video on SWTP's YouTube channel. Too long; didn't watch?



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Murray Bowen

Murray Bowen

March 13, 2009  |  theory  |  knowledge  |  video

What do these concepts all have in common?



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