Our Coaching Philosophy | Preparing you to Pass the LCSW & MFT Exam

By Amanda Rowan on October 20, 2011

 I talk to a lot of people who have taken the LCSW or MFT exam many times and complain that they had memorized everything and they still didn’t pass.  The word “memorize” tips me off right away — these people weren’t coached, they were trained. What’s the difference?

The difference is subtle but very important. Coaching builds your confidence in making clinical judgments. Training is about right/wrong thinking and a narrow minded focus on facts.

This exam is not about facts, its about the practice of psychotherapy.  Psychotherapy is an art.   We are relying on our clinical judgment that should be grounded deeply in our ethical values. On the exam, there is rarely a “right” answer, but always a best answer.  Good coaching helps you develop the mental tools you need to trust yourself to find that answer.  Good exam coaching will help you perform on test day. Good exam coaching will help you PASS.  

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