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I PASSED on the first try!!! I can hardly believe it and am still shaking and in disbelief!!! But I slayed the beast! Thank you to Amanda and Asya for helping me through this process!!! I submitted my hours in the beginning of December, decided to enjoy the Christmas season and began studying the first week in January 2019. I plotted out my study schedule using the recommendations. and initially planned to go through everything twice and follow the 12-week plan. I ended up doing a modified version of that, only going back and listening to lectures on my weak areas. I took my test on April 23, 2019. (I planned on taking it a little sooner, but postponed due to illness). I took copious notes on each of the lectures, made flash cards for each of the theories and also for some of the areas for which I felt weak. I did good on the first 3 mock exams, but began freaking out after taking the first Final Mock Exam (for which I did HORRIBLE). However, after reading Facebook posts from other sojourners, I felt encouraged to reach out to a coach. So, I sent an email and found it incredibly helpful! Asya sent me a very detailed email and encouraged me review the test to look for my pattern on incorrect answers. She was very thorough in response, therefore I didn't feel I needed a coaching session, but would have used it if I felt that it was necessary. I wish I had exercised more often, and followed Amanda's advice of following a regular routine, however, I did in the last week and it helped ease my anxiety. I got up early on the morning of my exam, ate a sensible meal, packed my snack and ate a piece of fruit along with juice right before the test. And to pump myself up, I listed to Macklemore’s “Can’t Hold Us” on repeat while driving to the test sight! (I remembered that I had done this in grad school when I took my comp exams and it made me feel really good!!!) I highly suggest listening to some sort of “pump you up” song before the test! It’s a real confidence booster. I wrote down several positive affirmations on my scratch paper as well as the timeline that TDC suggests to keep your pace with the questions/timing. Lastly, I took a 5 minute break around question 93, at 121 minutes. I got down to 1 minute with my last question and didn’t have any time to review my marked answers so I just said a prayer, used positive self-talk, and clicked to submit! I HIGHLY recommended TDC to anyone studying for this exam (and the L&E as well)! I appreciate how it's all laid out with a suggested study schedule. What I appreciate most about these materials is the way that Amanda teachers you HOW to think about the test. It's mostly a reasoning test, and I greatly valued the skills that Amanda imparts in regard to narrowing down the answers on the exam. It's a BEAST! But, with her help, you can do it! Ya’ll, YOU GOT THIS!!! You can SLAY the beast!
I utilized another program on my first attempt at the National MFT exam. They sent me volumes of information with no way for me to conceive of how to use the information. It was if they expected I would just memorize books of information. Prior to my second attempt I purchased the program from the Therapist Development Center who sent me a well organized program that laid out a study schedule. Which in itself was so much better! However, between the lectures, tests, and test reviews I learned so much in a short period of time. In addition, the breakdown of the DSM 5, along with explaining how several diagnosis are the same, with exception to diagnostic time-frames was brilliant! It allowed me to quickly sort through the correct diagnosis on the exam. This is by far the best program of study that I have come across and would recommend it to everyone. Oh and I passed with this program, with only about 3 weeks of preparation!
TDC was a tremendous help to me for my entire clinical experience, from Law & Ethics and all the way through to the end of my CCE! I took Law & Ethics and passed on my first attempt. I took the clinical exam twice within one year, and passed on my second attempt. I missed the clinical on the first time around by ONE point, and I had run out of time with about 20 questions and 10 minutes left. That being said, I was very aware that time management and anxiety management were the two areas that I needed to practice working through the most. I did just that through my second round of studying for the clinical. I passed each of my three mocks with not just high scores, but with plenty of time left over. One thing that was VERY effective for me the second time around, also, was committing to studying for no more than two hours at a time, much self-care following my studying, and positive affirmations. This is JUST a test. It doesn't define me as a person or a clinician. It's just ONE more silly thing that the BBS requires all of us to do in order to become licensed. Another thing that was super helpful to me was printing out and reading through many of Robin's and Asya's blogs about anxiety and time management. I read through some of them many times a week. The Narrative Therapy Blog was especially useful to me! Since I was feeling a little nervous five days before my scheduled exam and had scored pretty low on the first/final mock exam, I elected to do a private phone session with Asya. This made the difference, truly, in me feeling unconfident and defeated, and powering through this exam with the knowing that I can and will get through it. She especially helped with time management techniques. I finished my CCE with ZERO stress related to time management, moved along at a steady pace, finished on time...and passed! I have been very happy with TDC overall, and with the wonderful support offered by each of the coaches. I cannot thank you all enough for having my back from day one!
I am finally qualified for LMFT, after arduous years of hard work and sacrifices. TDC has been a big part of this process since passing my Law & Ethics, with your support and now passing the BIG LMFT Clinical Exam - that I thought almost impossible to pass! In the last months as life threw me a lot of challenges, I try to stayed focused with the TDC guide study... then due to work I was not able to take a day to take the exam as planned. I had to postpone it and even people encouraged me to postpone it for months given all the stressors in my life, but personal experiences and the confidence that TDC gave me since I used them for the Law & Ethics gave the courage to take the exam. I did a quick review the day before the exam and I was able to pass the first time. I was at the edge of burnout from work and personal stressors and not doing well with the timing on my Final Mock Exams (scoring 71% but going over the time limit for 30mins and in the second try, I scored 50% which really freak me out). I reached out for support to TDC - Asya and Amanda's voice really gave me the confidence I needed that day to pass my exam. FOREVER THANK YOU because thanks to you I have accomplished a personal and family dream. MUCHAS GRACIAS!
I can not say enough about this wonderful comprehensive test prep program! I have used several other packages and attended several other 2 day seminars all in an effort to pass my exam only to unsuccessfully fail my exam. :( I switched my study program turned to TDC and within day one of listening to Amanda's voice my anxiety decreased and I began actually enjoying the prep study process. Each week gaining confidence in myself and my ability to learn and finally pass this exam. Thank you so much for preparing me for my mft exam! Trust the process, read and listen to all of the study program, spend time with the rationales of right verses wrong answers, use the online help from the staff at TDC, stay on pace with the study program it pays off in the end! Thank you TDC!!
I passed my exam and I'm beyond thrilled! TDC OVER prepared me for this exam and I'm truly grateful. I began studying in Nov 2018 for a month or so and did okay the first round, but once Dec hit and holiday festivities began, I decided to take a break and start again at the top of the new year! After going over the curriculum a second time my scores increased dramatically! (Good sign right!) Anyways took my 1st final mock exam and FAILED miserably and it took me FIVE hrs to complete (I'm a slow reader)! I panicked since my exam was 5 days away and decided to reach out to one of the coaches available Asya M. She emailed me within 24hrs and provided me with some great advice on how to look at the questions and some additional words of encouragement!. That helped big time! I took the SECOND final mock exam 48hrs before my exam and scored significantly high thanks to Asya recommendations and I felt confident going into exam day. EXAM DAY! I was nervous but confident at the same time. Questions throughout the exam were similar to the TDC material which was a little scary lol. I left feeling like TDC exam were WAY harder than the ACTUAL CLINICAL EXAM!!! That should tell you something! TDC teaches you how to answer the questions and think through challenging scenarios! I am forever grateful for this experience! Thank you TDC!
I am so happy to share my news with you!! And I hope that the team and Amanda read it. I've struggled over my exam for a period of 6 years! Back when it was just one test, then it became Law & Ethics first, then the Clinical Exam. I took the initial test more than 5 times, honestly, I really did. Then, I decide that it was too much and would stop trying. Then I started making training investments in Gerry Grossman's 8-hour tutoring classes, one-on-one tutoring, and two-day 8 hour classes. I spent lots of money and my self esteem took a pretty bad hit, yet by working with my clinical supervisor, I was getting so much experience as a therapist and I knew that it's what I should be doing! I've been in practice since 2009. Last month, my clinical supervisor who'd been ill, and I didn't know it, passed away! OMG, I won't even tell you the extreme sadness, anxiety, confusion and stressed I've had. I kept booking the test for the past 3 months, then I'd change the date. Well, it's a long a story so I'll cut it now and tell you that last Friday I decided I'd take the test, and if I didn't pass (really didn't think I would since focusing had become a real issue), I would make a decision about whether I'd try again. I took the exam, and whenever I'd want to choose an answer that was based on my "experience" as a therapist, I would absolutely hear Amanda's voice saying "if there's an option that mentions educating the client, choose that answer!" Wow, she said we'd hear her voice, and I surely did. And I PASSED!!! I had an emotional spell right there in the PSI testing office! OMG, I had to get a grip before I could drive home. I managed to call my husband, I could hardly talk at first, and he said "you passed it, didn't you!" THANK YOU, AMANDA ROWAN & TEAM!!! You saved my career, and I would advertise for you any time you need me too, no $$ necessary! I really mean that! I am a Los Angeles County employee (Health Program Analyst) and I have a private practice which is truly my life work, and I can't thank you guys enough! It is really odd, though, not having to WORRY about studying! I actually have my life back. I have you to thank for that. God bless you.
I passed!!! It's hard to describe the feeling of relief when they hand you that paper and you frantically search it to finally find the small words that say "Congratulations!" and "Pass". This was my first time taking the MFT Clinical Exam and TDC was the best preparation I could imagine. The lectures were thorough, the quick studies were helpful, the anxiety calming strategies worked, and twice I emailed them and got impressively prompt replies. I actually emailed in a panic one week out from my test after I had taken the first final mock and bombed it; Asya replied within hours (on a weekend no less!) with the most encouraging, calming words, reminding me of strategies and helping me figure out where I was struggling the most. During the test, I felt like I could hear Amanda's voice while I was reading each question which was helpful in eliminating possible answers. I came down with a horrible head and chest cold a few days prior to the test (of course that would happen) and had to run out of the testing room to drink water to stop coughing like 3 times, but because I was thoroughly prepared from this TDC program, I still made it!! I had friends show me their study materials from a different company, and I can definitely say TDC is the most like the actual exam and prepared me so well. Do the whole program as they suggest and follow their guidelines and suggestions - it's worth the time and effort for sure. Well worth the cost as well - I budgeted and saved for it while I was waiting for my hours to clear so I didn't dip into other funds; so SO worth it. One thing I loved which I would've never thought to do on my own, was to encourage myself in the 3rd person, like Amanda suggests. I wrote really big at the top of my scratch paper "Rachel, you've GOT this!" and when I would get overwhelmed, which happened a lot, I would pause for 2 seconds with my eyes closed and then look down at those words and attack it with a new fervor. I cannot express my thanks enough for the amazing program of TDC, the kind encouragement of Asya via email, and just the thought and effort that has been put into not only creating this program, but also keeping it up to date and perfectly relevant to the current exam! Now today I took the day off and am heading up to Sacramento to personally hand in my Application for Initial License Issuance! yay!!
Thanks to the TDC crew, I was able to pass my MFT clinical! I remembered Amanda's story about being in a state of shock after the exam and not remembering her parents home number. I have a similar story: I was really upset for few days after taking the test because my best friend had not contacted me to see how I did on the exam. When I told her how I felt, she told me that I had called her immediately after the exam and we talked all about it! Truth: I have no memory of talking to her!
I have extreme test anxiety, almost a phobia, and it took me months to feel comfortable enough to take the exam. This is my second attempt... the first try was right after a TBI that put me in a rehab hospital for a while. I didn't feel so bad about failing that time due to my TBI, but was disheartened and felt the exam prep (from another company) I used, had NOT prepared me sufficiently for the test. This time, just to make sure I was fully prepared, when my initial study time was up, I still didn't feel ready (of course) and I contacted TDC to request an extension... fully expecting to have to defend myself. But NO! I received a reply email stating OK and my study program was extended to the end of the year, no problem, no worries!
The study program was organized in such a way that I could tailor it to my personal learning style. As I am an older learner, I am used to paper and red pencil and not with reading from a computer and prefer to see the big picture initially before breaking it down to smaller components. Due to this, I ended up making white boards of all print outs, theories etc, with corresponding interventions, key notes, and put them on my wall. I was able to memorize the drawings and codes I set up which helped me with recall when I was confused and just in general.
Due to the extensive rationales and intensive studying along to Amanda's voice, I felt confident going into the exam room and followed the Dr's orders: pretended I was in the room with the client, imagined Amanda's voice talking and thinking things out loud, brought a carb snack and ate a protien/carb breakfast, gave myself down time for two days before the exam, especially because my brain was on overload and I needed to give it a rest.
Thank you so much TDC. I will absolutely recommend your test study program to fellow MFT associates!
I have taken the CA MFT Clinical Exam twice and failed before using Therapist Development Center MFT Exam prep study system. I used another study prep program the first two times, attended their weekend workshops, took all the practice mock exams multiple times and it was devastating to fail each time since I felt I knew the material, yet just cannot seem to adjust my brain to how to take the exam. The exam felt like it was reading a foreign language. Additionally, the practice exams did not look like the real exam, I felt the test questions were much easier compared to the real exam.
However, with TDC study guide, I finally passed. It is an extremely organized system and I would definitely recommend it to all MFT Associates. The practice exams were very much like the real exam and even though the practice questions felt like they were harder, which was depressing when I got my practice scores back, I preferred for it to be harder since when I took the real exam, I felt extremely prepared. I do not believe I would have passed the exam without TDC. Thank you TDC!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Excellent program!!! I PASSED on my first try. Amanda Audios are the best. I could basically hear Amanda's voice in my head during the exam. The program teach you everything you need to know and nothing that's unnecessary. The audios about the questions rationals from the MOCK exams are extremely helpful. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE practice if English is your second language like me it would take more time for you to read the questions. BELIEVE IN YOUR SELF and have FAITH in GOD.
I know TDC was the reason I was able to pass the licensing exam on the first attempt. Amanda really helped me be able to understand how to go into the test, understand what the question was asking, and be able to knock out wrong answers. The exam was still challenging but with the program I felt like I had a shot at passing. The practice exams and rationale lectures were probably the most helpful part but I know I was able to do well on those exams because of all the audio lectures and understanding how to take the exam. I am so thankful for TDC and so happy I don’t have to take the exam a 2nd time. Thank you so much!!!
The BEST study program out there! I passed the CA MFT Clinical exam yesterday (first attempt). When ever I felt frustrated during the exam, I could hear Amanda's voice & final pep talk. The combination of audio lecture, visual notes, mock exams, & recommended test-taking strategies set me up for success. I am recommending this program to all of my friends/colleagues in need of study material. Thank you SO much TDC!
I’d moved my residence, my office, gotten sick at a couple of points, had an unacceptably low final mock and had to go back and repeat TDC’s paradigm breaking curriculum, and I just didn’t know how anything was going to turn out. I was so nervous! At every turn, when I needed an extension, TDC support was there for me, including when I needed support deciding whether or not to “wing it” after one time through the curriculum or go back into review mode, TDC was there to help. Well worth the money and leaving the competition in the dust. Thank you TDC!
I used TDC to prepare for the CA Clinical Exam and found it to be invaluable. The schedule is very manageable and I like that the program is organized and structured. I really appreciate the audio lectures because I am the type that needs to listen and take copious notes in order to absorb the information provided. The information was relevant and current, which really helped. I also appreciate that so many dynamics were covered and I learned more in this program than I have all my years as an intern. I would definitely recommend TDC for anyone who is preparing for the clinical exam.
TDC was really helpful with testing strategies. I think THAT really helped me navigate both exams (passed both first time). I am a SLOW test-taker which is NOT a good quality especially when it comes to the clinical exam. Even though I was the last one to finish the exam, the strategies TDC taught about reading each word and the eliminating certain answers, picking an answer and "moving on" really helped me save time which I truly believe made the difference between me passing and not. I avoided wasting precious test time by knowing what to look for in the question stems. I followed the plan as best I could with a full-time job and family obligations and it worked! I didn't use any other study materials other than TDC. Thanks a bunch Amanda for a program that worked for me!
I used the TDC program to help study for my MFT Law and Ethics exam and I thought the information covered was delivered in a way that I could learn. I think I most benefited from the rationales following each mock exam and the email feedback as well. I was able to pass the exam on my first attempt. Sending my thanks to the TDC team!
This was such a wonderful asset for preparation, not only in a practical sense, but emotional and psychologically as well. I felt well prepared and actually enjoyed taking this exam. A sort of "Zen" happened during the course of study. I did take a break for a few weeks and went on vacation before going into the last round of studying and review. Amanda, you were right. You *were* in my head! I found myself chuckling a few times reading scenarios and imagining rationale for the answers. Thank you so much for providing this excellent service.
I tried TDC first for Law and Ethics to see how it was compared to other programs and I not only passed the first time but felt confident in my answers. I decided to stick with TDC for the clinical exam and passed on the first try as well! The lectures help get Amanda in your head and she was definitely with me while taking the exam. There were quite a few questions that I had to stop and ask myself “how would Amanda Rowan approach this question!” Thanks TDC!
I am so grateful to TDC for helping achieve this huge milestone in my professional path. TDC really does stick with you until you pass. The coaches are always available to answer questions and help with test anxiety. The audios are great to listen to in the car. TDC taught me how to look for what the best answer was, what the test was looking for. So grateful for this program.