Social Justice Spotlight: Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County

Submitted by heidi@therapist... on Mon, 07/17/2017 - 9:15am

When Amanda Rowan posted our new Social Justice Coupon Codes blog, we encouraged you to let us know of nonprofits who are fighting the good fight to be added to our coupon code list. We would like to thank Kiertsen Hess for being the first one to do so! Kiersten reached out to let us know about an organization she volunteers with: Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County (DVS).

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MFT Practice Question: Elder and Dependent Abuse and Neglect

Submitted by robin on Fri, 07/14/2017 - 7:35am

Last week’s MFT blog explored a complicated question on child abuse and neglect reporting.  This week, we continue exploring the topic of abuse and neglect, but shift our focus to elders and dependent adults.  In California, the laws regarding elder and dependent adult abuse overlap quite a bit with those for child abuse, but there are also some differences to keep in mind.

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Is Private Practice Right For You? Part 1

Submitted by asya@therapistd... on Tue, 07/11/2017 - 8:07am

Congratulations!!! You have finished grad school, completed the necessary amount of hours, and have now passed the licensing exams. That is a huge accomplishment! You have invested a good amount of time, effort and money into becoming a licensed mental health practitioner, be it a Social Worker or Marriage and Family Therapist. And finally you have something to show for it. Don’t you just love how beautifully your name looks printed on that license?

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DSM V: No More Multiaxial System

Submitted by heidi@therapist... on Mon, 07/10/2017 - 1:21pm

Starting today, we will be featuring a monthly blog on the DSM-5 . Our hope is to provide test-takers and licensed practitioners alike with useful information regarding diagnoses. This monthly blog series will explore changes from the DSM-IV-TR to the DSM-5, delve into individual diagnoses, and more. We thought what better way to start than by looking at the removal of the Multiaxial System from the DSM-5.

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MFT Practice Question: Child Abuse and Neglect

Submitted by robin on Thu, 07/06/2017 - 4:57pm

In Wednesday’s blog, Bethany reviewed a question on child abuse and neglect reporting.  Since this is a question that will likely appear more than once on your licensing exams, let’s continue with this topic.  While it’s a topic that has historically caused therapists uncertainty and anxiety both as practitioners and test takers, it is not one you need to fear!

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LCSW Practice Question: Child Abuse and Neglect

Submitted by Bethany Vanderb... on Wed, 07/05/2017 - 6:49am

Hello! When Amanda Rowan helped me pass my licensing exams in California 8 years ago, I would never have dreamed that I would be writing this blog today. It’s been quite a journey! It all started with practice questions: Amanda helped me read them effectively, understand what the test and question were asking, and make sense of how to evaluate answer choices strategically. Good practice questions have always been our goal at TDC, and I’m excited to be using the blog to share some of that with you again.

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We Want to Hear From You: CEU Survey

Submitted by heidi@therapist... on Mon, 07/03/2017 - 8:04am

Welcome! It’s been awhile since we’ve blogged regularly here at TDC. We’ve been so focused on providing our clients with help and support around their exams that it’s been hard to find the time. But that’s about to change. We understand that professional development doesn’t stop after you pass your exam: in fact, most professional development happens AFTER.  The time after you pass your exam is one in which you are settling into your professional role, identifying the kind of clinician you want to be, searching for your dream job, and more.

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Social Justice Coupon Codes for Therapist Development Center

Submitted by heidi@therapist... on Mon, 06/26/2017 - 2:59pm

New Coupon Codes: You Save, We Give! Basic HUMAN DIGNITY is under full assault. We cannot stand by and do nothing.  We want to put our money (and a little of yours) where our mouth is...And our mouths are screaming for SOCIAL JUSTICE.  

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Veterans Service Scholarship Program Announcement

Submitted by heidi@therapist... on Wed, 06/14/2017 - 7:36pm

The Therapist Development Center is pleased to announce our Veterans Service Scholarship Program: Scholarships of $500 will be awarded to five 2nd year MSW students who have veteran status via a DD214 form and who demonstrate strong clinical skills and a commitment to clinical social work. Active duty service members may also apply. Applicable documentation can be scanned and sent to Heidi at

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Worried about the DSM V and the ASWB Exams? Here are your answers!

Submitted by Bethany Vanderb... on Thu, 05/30/2013 - 11:15am

Hey TDC Community!  We’ve been getting a lot of questions recently about the DSM V and how it’s going to affect the ASWB LCSW Exam and LMSW Exam. First, let's take a deep breath. Second, let’s take a look at what the ASWB has to say about it:

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