What Do You Need to Know About Treating Couples for the LCSW & MFT Exam?

Submitted by Bethany Vanderb... on Tue, 06/19/2012 - 7:00pm

It’s Tuesday, and even though I have a wicked case of the sniffles, it’s time for another Hot Topic.  We’re headed into pretty juicy territory here: Treating Couples.  Not everyone will work with couples directly, but even if both partners aren’t in the room with you, couples issues will impact your work and need to be addressed.

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LCSW & MFT Exam: Understanding Work Issues

Submitted by Bethany Vanderb... on Tue, 06/12/2012 - 6:30pm

Okay, folks, we're moving on tonight to the topic of Work Issues.  In this topic, we cover things like EAP treatment and vocational training.  There are a pretty limited number of ways that this topic can show up on the exam, so let's take a look at a practice question that represents one of them.

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Need a Better Understanding of Adolescent Issues for the LCSW & MFT Exam?

Submitted by Bethany Vanderb... on Tue, 06/05/2012 - 7:01pm

I like to think that all therapists have a population which, when considered, brings on sweaty palms and feelings of anxiety.  For me, that population is adolescents -- I've had some good experiences working with them, but it does NOT come naturally to me.  In some way

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Get the Details on Child Development for the LCSW & MFT Exam

Submitted by Bethany Vanderb... on Tue, 05/29/2012 - 6:02pm

After completing a graduate degree in social work and a post-graduate certificate program in Infant-Parent Mental Health, I like to think I know a thing or two about child development...but the truth is that I need reminders. Reminders of what is typical at each age and stage, reminders of what is cause for concern.

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Quick Study: A 48hr Success Story (AKA An Argument Against Over-Studying)

Submitted by Amanda Rowan LCSW on Sun, 05/27/2012 - 9:39am

When it comes to passing the LCSW and MFT exams, people frequently ask me, "how much do I need to study?".  They rarely ask, "how little do I need to study?".

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LCSW & MFT Exam Prep: Stages of Development

Submitted by Bethany Vanderb... on Tue, 05/22/2012 - 6:04pm

It’s hard for me to believe, but we’ve been at this blog for 19 weeks now…we’re rolling through our 50 Topics pretty quick!  This week, our attention turns to Stages of Development.  You can guarantee that there will be a handful of questions on your exam that pertain to developmental stages, and most will reference either Erikson’s S

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Changes to the MFT and LCSW Exams in California

Submitted by Amanda Rowan LCSW on Fri, 05/18/2012 - 8:42pm

The rumors are true.  The BBS will be changing the exam process for the MFT and LCSW exams but not until January 1, 2014.  This is a change from the January 1, 2013 date that was originally proposed.  

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What Factors Affect Mental Health? LCSW & MFT Exam Prep

Submitted by Bethany Vanderb... on Wed, 05/16/2012 - 2:18am

This week brings us to Factors Affecting Mental Health.  Most of these factors, including environmental and psychosocial factors, are recorded on Axis IV of the DSM Multiaxial Assessment.  You will see these factors in many test questions and will often be asked to prioritize interventions based on multiple stressors/factors. Let's look at an example:     Sample:

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Studying for the LCSW or MFT Exam? Let's Understand Medical Conditions

Submitted by Bethany Vanderb... on Wed, 05/09/2012 - 2:16am

This week, we're moving on to Axis III -- Medical Conditions.  A medical condition warrants recording on Axis III of a DSM-IV-TR diagnosis when it affects the client's mental health (so if someone has diabetes, but has had it for years and is managing it well, it might not be recorded). Here's one way this topic will almost certainly come up on the exam: Sample:

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Preparing for the LCSW & MFT Exam: Mental Retardation

Submitted by Bethany Vanderb... on Wed, 05/02/2012 - 2:10am

While the DSM-IV-TR considers Mental Retardation one of the Disorders Usually First Diagnosed in Infancy, Childhood, or Adolescence, we've decided to look at it as part of our tour of Axis II Disorders.  Mental Retardation is on Axis II because of its lifelong trajectory and pervasive affect on functioning. Here's one way it may come up in a test item: Sample:

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