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Depressive Disorders and the Social Work Exam

Depressive Disorders and the Social Work Exam

August 28, 2023  |  DSM  |  practice

A social worker is conducting an initial assessment with a 35-year-old client who reports experiencing a persistently low mood, loss of interest in hobbies, and feelings of guilt and worthlessness...



DSM  |  practice



Alicia Passed the  ASWB Exam

Alicia Passed the ASWB Exam

August 24, 2023  |  passed the ASWB exam  |  success stories  |  LMSW

Alicia passed the social work licensing exam with SWTP!  I obtained my MSW in 2002 but never sat for the exam because I did have the need for it.  I got a strong foundation from NYU social work program that was primarily clinical.



passed the ASWB exam  |  success stories  |  LMSW



Psychotic Disorders and the Social Work Exam

Psychotic Disorders and the Social Work Exam

August 21, 2023  |  DSM  |  practice

Imagine an ASWB exam question like this:  A social worker meets with a client who reports hearing voices and occasionally seeing shadows… In other words, a client with psychotic symptoms. The question asks for the best diagnosis. How do you answer?



DSM  |  practice



Understanding Personality Disorders

Understanding Personality Disorders

August 17, 2023  |  knowledge  |  practice

Personality disorders are characterized by enduring patterns of inner experience and behavior that deviate significantly from cultural norms, causing distress or impairment in functioning.



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Substance Intoxication vs. Withdrawal

Substance Intoxication vs. Withdrawal

August 14, 2023  |  knowledge  |  practice

Substance withdrawal and substance intoxication both come up regularly in social work practice. Don’t be surprised to find them on the ASWB exam!  Here's a breakdown of each term, followed by some substance-by-



knowledge  |  practice



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.



theory  |  knowledge  |  practice



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 Family Life Cycle and the Social Work Exam

The Family Life Cycle and the Social Work Exam

August 3, 2023  |  knowledge  |  practice

Various models and theories have been proposed to describe the stages of the family life cycle. While some models follow a linear progression, others consider more dynamic and diverse family structures.



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