TDC's study center and materials will prepare you for sure. Trust this program! I passed both exams the first time. For the standard written exam, I completed the study course twice over eight weeks and, when I took the exam, I felt I was completely prepared as it was exactly like the mock exams; follow all of Amanda's strategies and you will pass with confidence! For the clinical vignette exam, I completed the study course in four weeks; definitely use your frames and X's! So happy to have used TDC!
I am excited to say that I have passed the CVE using TDC! I also used TDC for the SWE and passed the first time as well. I felt that the program prepared me well. Using the framing was the most helpful during the exam. It helped me slow down my thoughts, which helped me really stay present and focused on each question. I would recommend TDC to everyone!
I Passed!!! I really used each and every tool Amanda provided to me. When I got stuck on a question, I brought her voice into the test with me. I imagined the scene with an actual client. I mouthed the question stem and made sure to pronounce each word to ensure that my anxiety didn't interfere with my test-taking process. The test is no joke and I believe that the stratagies this program provided me really prepared me for the MFT SWE. Thank you for all your support during this process. :)
I just passed the MFT standard written exam this morning! I felt that the program was very effective, not only in providing the necessary knowledge but also in reducing my test anxiety and helping me to stay focused and positive. I liked how Amanda broke down the material so that I was able to study a few times a week for a few hours, and was still able to enjoy my weekends and take care of myself while working a full time job. I’m looking forward to the next step, which is studying for and passing the MFT clinical vignette exam.
I found the test taking strategies to be the most helpful. I used the strategy of imagining this client is a real person and imagining what their response would be if I enacted any of the potential answers. I definitely used the strategy of putting answers in order. Overall, I just felt like all of the topics were covered and there was a definite similarity between final mock exam and the real exam. [ . . .] I thoroughly enjoyed the audio lectures and felt that I had a personal coach working with me the entire time. I'm so grateful that I had this program! I plan to use it for the CVE and continue on this path to success in passing! I wish I would have learned how to take tests like this a long time. I feel like I am finally changing this narrative that "I'm not good at tests!" Thank you!
I think the most critical aspect of this study center is that Amanda is teaching you how to reason through the question stems. I felt overwhelmed by other prep companies because I felt that the amount of information that was being taught was excessive. I felt this study system guided me with the essential information that I needed to know, but more importantly how to think through each question stem to get myself to the correct answer. I passed on my first try....thank you!!
I heard from my colleagues who had taken the exam prior to my completion of hours, and they highly recommended Therapist Development Center. I have been a member of this since submitting my hours to BBS almost a year ago, and I passed the exam on my first try. I found that the lectures prepared me for the exam well. The staff were very understanding, and when I explained I needed a third extension because I haven't signed up for the exam due to severe test anxiety, they not only extended my time but provided me with resources to help combat test anxiety! I cannot fathom going with any other program. This is the best.
I am so very thankful to have passed the Standard Written Exam this morning! I "took" Amanda into the testing room with me and I remembered the strategies learned throughout the course. I am grateful that I paced my studying out, to meet my needs, and really honed in on re-learning and remembering the content necessary to pass. I am feeling very thankful for TDC right now!
I had a unique experience going into this exam for the third time. First off, I had lost all confidence in myself and my abilities after taking the exam twice and failing by 1 point each time. Secondly, my father passed away 11 days before I was scheduled to take my exam and of course I had scheduled it on the last possible day that the BBS would allow me to take it so I couldn't reschedule. So in the middle of me studying, I was also planning the funeral of my father, one of my biggest supporters. The exam material was GREAT! The prep materials actually taught HOW TO TAKE the exam and not just overwhelmed me with unnecessary information that was not even on the test. I would highly recommend these materials over all others.
Thank you so much! I finally passed!
I felt confident the entire time...from the moment I started studying to the moment I sat in the exam chair!
I can't thank Amanda/team enough for helping me through this monster of an exam (the CWE for MFT). TDC's strategies were key. I found it helpful for me to think of her voice in terms of what she would do as I was working my way through the exam. Her rationales were always on point. Robin Gluck coached me for an hour before the exam- she was absolutely wonderful. I would recommend this program to anyone! I passed the SWE and the CWE using it. Thank you TDC!!! I feel like one thousand pounds has been lifted off of my shoulders.
Another success story? I doubt it! Who else can say, "I'm 70 years of age, challenged by test anxiety, stressed because I'd reached the time limit on my Los Angeles County Intern mental health clinician position. I needed to pass this exam or lose my well paying job. I studied Amanda Rowan and PASSED on my first attempt! Thankyou Therapist Development Center! You helped me secure my dream job AND get promoted!"
What I like the most about this program is how respectful and ethical TDC is. TDC does not try to teach you tricks to "beat the system". They teach from a perspective of bringing out the best in each person taking these tests. If one stays confident, knows the basics, has some basic critical thinking skills, and follows TDC's advice, it will be difficult not to pass. All during the test I kept hearing Amanda in my head: be confident of your X's, don't go into" maybe" land, move on and don't waste time on any one question, and more.
I felt very well prepared. I have heard people say that there are tricky questions on the exams. I would disagree. The BBS is not trying to trick anyone, rather they are trying to simulate an oral exam by seeing how well you can think and how confident you are. That is a lot like how it is to be a therapist. As therapists, we often are called to quickly make sense of a situation and choose the most legal, ethical, and therapeutic way to proceed. On the test, some of the questions are phrased in a way that at first glance makes them seem complicated. However, by using what I learned from TDC, I was able to quickly identify the right answers.
I used no other test programs, so I really cannot compare. I have heard that other programs overwhelm people with too much information and that this increases test anxiety and undermines confidence. TDC does just the opposite. The program covered just the right amount of material in an enjoyable way. I felt calm and confident during the entire test.
I used AATBS for my first MFT CVE exam and didn't pass. The material was esoteric and dry to me. My friend recommended TDC and I'm happy to report I passed the CVE this time! The real life examples, practical verbiage and framing really made the test manageable and clear. The frames really supported my clinical gut which gave me confidence going into the test and during the exam. Additionally, I had a couple sessions with Robin that were priceless. I used her systematic way of scoring the answers and that really helped me be more efficient with my time. Thanks for being such a intuitive and fabulous program. I'd enthusiastically recommend this to anyone taking their MFT CVE!!
I found the strategies to be key to my getting through to finishing the exam. My challenge is reading slowly and some desire to "get it right" the first time. It really helped me to hear that the exams could be front loaded with difficult questions and to make sure to mark it and move on, in order to get to the very last, less challenging questions. I don't recall have this awareness for exam #1, which I gratefully passed, but ended up leaving many unanswered. Thank you for all the much needed extensions during my first year of motherhood! Onward and Upward!!
TDC helped me conquer my 6 year fear of this exam, which started on my first day of graduate school. The lectures, handouts, mock exams, and overall style of the program were excellent. I never felt like anything was confusing or complicated. The responsivness of the coaches helped tremendously with any and all questions I had. Thank you TDC for helping me through this journey!!!!
Ten years ago I began my scholastic journey to becoming a LMFT, I cannot believe that I have reached my goal and could not have done it without the guidance and support of TDC. The program was straight forward and applying the tools made the tests manageable. I would recommend this program to anyone and if I can give any advice it would be to trust in the system that they have set up. IT WORKS!!!! I am still in shock and want to say thank you, I have cried and laughed and even laughed while I was crying because this meant so much to me and my wife. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
TDC definitely prepared me with the knowledge and the strategies to pass both MFT licensing exams on my first try. The lectures were clearly presented and full of information directly relevant to the exams. I especially appreciated TDC's strength based approach. Looking at the websites of other test prep companies made my test anxiety go up, but when looking at TDC my test anxiety went down. That was one reason I chose TDC. And as I went through the courses, I was never overwhelmed with too much information. It was all presented in an organized, manageable plan. I was provided with all the information necessary for the exams. I highly and without reservation am recommending this program to all my intern friends. Thank you!
I don't even know where to start!? I would say that I am definitely a strong woman, but when it comes to test taking I am a mess! Hahah. The first time I took the SWE I had such bad anxiety I got a migraine halfway through the test and thought I was going to pass out! I had such bad anxiety about taking the test that I waited almost a year after I paid to take it. I finally motivated myself into taking it again after failing the first time and realized I started a little too late because my year was almost up again!! I went through the TDC material once and RUSHED through it a second time to take it before my year was up....AND I PASSED!!! I graduated 7 years ago and even though I work in mental health I do more social work than therapy, so I definitely don't have the upper hand like most do! I feel like screaming to the world at the top of my lungs that I passed!!! TDC IS AMAZING!!! No testing program even compares!!! It was just what I needed and it was perfectly aligned with the way I study! I needed to hear someone tell me how to relax and what to do, and I epecially needed to hear the rationales the way TDC puts everything! I could hear her voice in my head the entire exam! Thank you to everyone at TDC you have no idea what a gift you guys give people!
I took 9 years off to be a stay-at-home-mom between getting my Masters in Counseling Psychology and signing up to take the National MFT Exam. I chose to buy the study system with the Therapist Development Center because I wanted to have a program that would help me understand not just content but also HOW to take the test. I studied for 8 weeks using the study system and passed the national exam with a score of 166/200 (83%). A passing score for this particular version of the test was 139/200 (69%). Not only did I pass, I got a score that far exceeded my expectations! I also found that the actual exam was easier than the mock exams offered in the study system and I completed the actual exam 45 minutes early, even after going back over marked questions. I felt highly prepared to take the exam and found the study system to be well worth the price.