I passed both of my exams using the study system designed by the Therapist Development Center. I did not use other test prep companies after hearing from many of my friends that they had not passed their exams the first time they took them. The system is excellent and my confidence going into the Clinical Vignette exam was very high. In fact, I felt so prepared that I pulled my test exam date in based on how well I was scoring on the mock vignettes. I would recommend this system to anyone who only wants to go through this process ONCE. Great strategies, concise information, excellent preparation, and access to coaches has made all the difference in my passing these exams. I can't thank you enough for developing these programs!!
Three things I loved about this program:
1. It is organized- The information is exactly what you need to know to pass and the way it is presented makes sense. The study plan is easy to follow and keeps you on track. Other people I know who have tried other programs get an overwhelming amount of information to study and they never know where tostart.
2. You get immediate feedback- If you have a question or concern, you follow the quick and easy steps to contact the company. I have always received a response within a few hours...even on the weekends. If you need to talk with someone sooner than that, there is a number you can call. A very friendly and encouraging person is always on the other end.
3. It is positive- Like counseling, the program draws out your strengths and encourages self-determination. They remind you that you already know this information, that you will pass, and they will be with you each step of the way. Every response I got from them (whether by email or phone) was from an encouraging individual who reminded me that, "I got this". Thank you Therapist Development Center for all the support I felt throughout this process. I have been, and will continue to recommend this program to all the interns I know!!
TDC provided the study materials in such a clear and concise way. This study format and breakdown is exactly what I needed and how I learn best. The sections were broken down into small 1-1.5 hr intervals, which took a lot of the pressure off and made the program digestible. Amanda spoke clear and confidently and her attitude and voice came with me to the test. I do not have anything bad to say about this program. I felt confident after going through the material one time and reviewing things on my own. When I first considered TDC over other study materials, I spoke to Amanda who knew exactly what I was looking for; she said all of the right things and proved to be more than just a great sales person. When I emailed TDC (frustrated and anxious) Asya (the coach) emailed me back almost immediately and said all of the right things. I felt supported without ever meeting anyone face to face. THEY GET IT!
I walked into the testing center feeling confident and ready! As I read the first vignette and question, anxiety washed over me and I was worried. Then, I looked at the frames I had written down before starting and heard Amanda's voice in my head, "Use your frames!" I took a couple of deep breaths, framed the question as taught in the TDC program, and I was back to my mantra, 'I've got this!' I finished in 83 minutes and was able to go over the eight questions I had marked. I didn't change my answers and clicked end with ten minutes to spare :). I PASSED!!! First try and I am so grateful for the tools I learned in this program. Thank you so much, TDC! Way to share your insight and knowledge with the rest of us :).
I first ordered GG materials because I was familiar with the name. I found all the material overwhelming and the taped lectures tedious and OLD (making reference to DSM 3). Frustrated and seeing so many people discussing their success with TDC I sucked up the additional cost and gave TDC a try. So happy that I did. I found the flow of the TDC materials extremely reasonable, the level of detail not to deep and not to shallow. The final pep talk really helped me. I listened to twice, the 2nd time, just before I went to take the test. Thank you.
I purchased the package for both exams on the advice on the advice of a friend who had failed the CVE a few times with another study program and finally passed with your program. I found the handouts, lectures and practice exams to be very helpful. The advice for how to take the exam helped easy my anxiety. Against my best judgment I also purchased a few mock exams from another company who I will not name and found that that gave me major anxiety and I barely passed only one of the 3 I had purchased. I took the final mock exam with your program and felt so much better and I passed with flying colors. I went into the actual test with your voice in my head and it helped give me more confidence. I went through the exam not necessarily feeling like I was passing but I also didn't have an overwhelming sense that I was failing. Needless to say I almost cried when I saw that I had passed... THANK YOU!
So grateful to all the TDC folks for a streamlined, systematic, and non-overwhelming program, and especially for all of the crucially important tips about how to study, how to approach the test etc. The test is an ordeal, no doubt about it, but what I absorbed from TDC made it less of one. Thanks again!
I just want to say that TDC was the best thing that ever happened to me! I took the exam once before this past March using Gerry Grossman and I failed by 3 points. When I took it last time I felt like I was taking a completely different exam then I had studied for! I was lost on almost every question, had no idea what it was asking and had no idea what the answers were even saying. No clue! Not to mention that I was skimming and rushing through the whole entire exam.
This time from the very first workshop in TDC I felt I was going to pass. TDC has such a way of making me feel reassured and confident in myself and I knew I would pass (still felt nervous of course) but felt really good about all of the strategies. The frames and the little tips regarding different buzz words etc were the most helpful part for me! I love that TDC is very simple and to the point! GG had way to much material and detail which I feel boxed me in and didn't allow me to think generally during the exam the first time. I could go on and on about TDC and what a god send it was for me but I will leave it at thank you so much TDC for helping me pass the CVE!
I did not know how I was going to pass the MFT CVE exam after failing using two other companies test prep materials. Through social networking, I found the Therapist Development Center. The program is simple and gives you ALL of the materials and strategies to pass. If you are able to trust that others have used the program successfully and that you can too, then you can dedicate yourself to learning what you need to in a short period of time. It makes the exam as painless as it can be. If you need 1:1 help take advantage of the coaching TDC offers too. I'm no salesperson, just a very satisfied LMFT!
Listening to TDC go through the test strategies, answers and rationales was extremely helpful. I know that is what helped me when I took the written MFT exam.
I loved this study system! Thanks to the TDC, each of my 5+ colleagues and I passed both LCSW exams on the first try! TDC's strategies are time-efficient, straight-forward and strategic. I will be using this system to complete the National exam as well, so I can apply for licensure in other states, in case of relocation outside CA.
I just passed the first MFT exam!!! Thank you TDC!!! I couldn't have done it with such ease and clarity without you!! I still felt nervous but I was able to lean into the exam, tolerate the uncertainty, and knew I had learned so much in an efficient and organized way!! I am stoked!! TDC really made me feel like they were right there with me! Great clear concise information! No mumbo Jumbo! Excellent program! Best decision in preparing for my exam!
Great job putting this course together. Thank you. The strategies were spot on. Top 50 topics was a great idea and I loved how the DSM lectures were organized by differentials. I enjoyed using the product a lot, and definitely would not have passed without it. Apart from that, I feel like a better clinician for having taken the course.
Fantastic program. I liked how the material was presented using a clear and through outline.I had a great experience working one on one with Asya a couple days before the exam which I believe greatly contributed to my success in passing. Hands down, TDC is the way to go!
To my own surprise, I passed both the SWE and CVE on the first try with the help of TDC and my coaches for both exams. Left to my own devices, I would have tried to "boil the ocean" and know every detail related to every theory, DSM diagnosis, law/ethics, you name it. Instead, I got a great baseline of well-rounded information from the TDC program as well as all the strategies I needed to manage my anxiety, take the tests, and pass! I have no clue how Amanda knows how to formulate and deliver this information in a manner that is so on-point but she did. In a fit of anxiety, I went venturing off last week in to other test-prep company test banks only to find that I was quickly overwhelmed and my best strategy was to STOP and get back to TDC. It worked and I am grateful you all do the amazing work that you do! Thank you from the bottom of my anxious heart.
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, I could not have done it without your program. The frames are the best tool I had to stay focused and in the moment. It was a very difficult exam but knowing I had many tools to use made me feel more confident. I loved your way of teaching, I am recommending your program to everybody I know. THANKS A LOT!!!!
I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to Amanda and Asya for their genuine warmth and support during the studying process for the MFT Standard Written Exam. This was my fourth attempt and I finally passed! One thing that makes the TDC program unique and different from the other companies is that they were with me until I passed. I will always be grateful for that! I am still celebrating feeling incredibly overjoyed. It is with great pleasure and trust I highly recommend this program.
What a thrill and relief to pass my exam today! I felt fully prepared with content, strategy, and attitude. A little story tells it all: When registering at the exam site, you get your picture taken. The picture remains on your computer screen throughout the exam. After I passed the exam, I received an official document that included my picture with the words "EXAMINATION RESULT -- PASS" dangling above. To share my good news, I texted that little bit to my friends and family. Most folks commented on the confidence and satisfaction in the picture. They thought it was taken after I took the exam. Thank you TDC. I was filled with confidence and trust in myself when I walked in the door, even with very little sleep. Thank you for fantastic coaching too.
I passed the MFT SWE the first time! I know that this is because I used TDC; this system makes this stressful process manageable. I knew what to expect walking in and felt confident throughout the exam. I will be purchasing TDC materials to study and pass my CVE!
I took the CVE 7 weeks after having passed the first exam. I have recommended this program to all of my colleagues who still need to study.