Thanks for the support and the comprehensive program. I enjoyed the lectures, which were clear, concise, and addressed the "need to know topics".
I passed my CV exam today and feel so indebted to Amanda for building a test prep system that helps to manage and contain test anxiety; which I believe is the thing that most threatens success. Her method is straightforward, the audio is engaging and never boring, and she emphasizes the neurobiology of learning - that the other test prep systems say nothing about, nor pay attention to. Finally, I am indebted to Robin, my TDC coach whose encouragement and accessibility helped me go into the test with a confidence that built from the start. TDC guarantees that you will pass no matter how many extensions you need!
Thank you so much for providing the cognitive strategies to help me think my through this very difficult exam! I will highly recommend the program.
I honestly wish I had a Therapist Development Center in all aspects of my life. I interacted with several different staff via email and telephone and every one of them was extremely responsive, caring, engaged, helpful, and great at reinforcing my confidence to pass. I used other test preps and found their material to be overwhelming, without any structure, and difficult to follow. TDC's structure is exactly the type of teaching that I comprehend best. I passed both exams first try. Thank you for creating such a valuable product for the MFTs. I feel like someone is finally looking out for our best interest (no thanks to the BBS).
I am so grateful to Amanda Rowan and Therapist Development Center for giving me solid training on how to think and logically respond to questions on the MFT SWE. I felt that the TDC mock exams were excellent representations of the BBS examination. I look forward to studying for the Clinical Vignettes using TDC materials!! Thank you!!
I feel that I am a better clinician for having used your system. I learned and reinforced many valuable concepts and information. I feel safer and more competent in private practice as a result.
I followed the study schedule and passed on my first attempt, despite a mediocre score on the final mock exam. This is after graduating more than a decade ago and not performing therapy for at least 9 years. Very glad to have the exams behind me and I can enjoy the benefits of being licensed.
The day before I was going to buy Grossman's study program, I saw a colleague who had used The Therapist Development Center program. I was so so thankful. All the other programs I researched had an extremely overwhelming amount of study materials. Also, having to go to conferences and workshops and study groups seemed excessive. I loved that I could study on my own and everything I needed to pass was contained in one simple website. More importantly was the short amount of time needed to study. Also, the test taking strategies for both tests were awesome. The most important advice for me was that there are no trick questions, never ever make assumptions and don't read into the questions-answer the questions based solely on the info contained in the question. When I would ask myself "was _____ in the question/vignette" it was so much easier to answer. I also found the with the written test, taken a tiny 5 second break every ten questions and closing my eyes REALLY helped.
Traditionally I hate standardized exams and am not really good at them. It's not how my brain works. I was completely AMAZED that with this system not only did I PASS both exams the first time, I genuinely ENJOYED studying for them and learned so much. STOP- DON'T LOOK ANYWHERE ELSE- STAY here and use the Therapist Development Center. If I can pass the first time so can you. You won't regret it.
Unbelievable! The test was exactly how Amanda said it would be. I felt exactly how she said I would feel, I did what she told me to do, and I PASSED. I could not believe it. I felt like Will Smith in "The Pursuit of Happiness" when he walked out of the firm overwhelmed with so much emotion having worked so hard, faithfully, hopeful, and actually getting the job! It was just unbelievable!
This is, hands down, the best experience I could ever ask for from a test prep company. I am staff at a training counseling center and I will be advising interns to go through TDC for sure. It made the whole test prep experience manageable and I was able to pass the first time in spite of holding down a full time job with a part time private practice on the side. I really needed a method that would utilize my limited time in the best possible way. Everything that TDC recommended and advised was spot on. I was much more comfortable knowing that I had the strategies to get through the test.
I just passed the Clinical Vignette Exam, and I don't know how to thank the TDC team. I passed both exams the first time using this program, and although they were tough exams, the skills I learned gave me the confidence I needed to get through them. I clung to the strategies like a life boat in a storm. Without them, I truly would have been sunk. The entire experience with TDC has been excellent. The lessons were structured in a way that made studying painless and organized. All the information was presented in a way that made sense. And, as I said earlier, the strategies were the glue that put it all together. Thank you, from the bottom of my LMFT heart!
I owe a debt of gratitude to Amanda Rowen and Therapist Development Center for helping me pass both my MFT exams the FIRST time! I cannot tell you how confident I felt going into my vignette exam with a specific strategy which works. The most helpful tools were using "frames" to set up each question and to "X" out incorrect answers which saved considerable time and confusion. By failing your vignette exam Amanda, you have ensured that others will not. Bless you!
TDC's program seems to teach the essentials. And, in so doing, she evokes a calming influence. The test, in my mind, is poorly written and executed and TDC prepares the MFTIs for this inevitability. The beauty of the process is that the material is important for all of us to know and Amanda makes the process meaningful. I look forward to the day for Amanda where she won't even need to compare herself to the "other test companies", where she will be able to be THE test company. It's only a matter of time. Best to you, your staff and all future licensees. Thank you all.
I paid for AATBS before I found TDC. I barely made it through a quarter of AATBS before realizing their test prep method didn't make much sense, and was not worth my time. TDC easily explained the exam as a puzzle; once you learned the rules, it was simple to get right. TDC taught me the rules in simple and logical steps. I passed on my first try.
English is my third language and I always felt inferior when taking time restricted exam. TDC makes it very easy to understand the concept and her methods are simple to comprehend. Thank you TDC and the fabulous team!
I used framing the whole time, it helped me keep on track and pass. I used all the strategies! These materials work!!! So grateful!
I loved this study program and am thankful someone recommended it to me. TDC's style really worked for the way I learned. They broke it down very simply and efficiently. The practice questions are like the ones on the exam. If you take the time to truly understand the rationales after every practice test and the mock you WILL pass. I can't wait to take the second exam.
I have a lot of good things to say. What helped me the most at the actual exam was the super answer. I often was able to narrow it down to two answers and but one of them didn't have a super answer or only one not two super answers. I was still shocked how difficult the exam was. Even though I knew the topics in question, the answer options were so strange that about 80% of the time I wasn't sure. I marked about 11 questions and in the end only changed 1. What really made the difference were Amanda's strategies, not the content knowledge. The coaches Asya and Robin were awesome.
I think your system is really great. I had a lot of anxiety about the exam and studying with my 18 month old daughter around. The reason it was so great for me was because it was broken down into manageable chunks. When my daughter went down for a nap, I was able to hop onto my computer and pump out an hour or two of really productive studying while she slept. One thing I would say is that I made flashcards to augment my studying with this program. While I was listening to the lectures, if something was new to me or seemed particularly important, I would make a flashcard. Then, after my daughter went to bed, I could review the flashcards. I also did a lot of reviewing the flashcards in the days before the exam. This really helped drill the information into me and curb my anxiety. Since I have a learning disability, this was an essential piece for me. The section with keywords of theories really benefited from making flashcards. AND YES, I totally DID NOT KNOW whether I was passing or failing the whole way through the exam. What a relief when I finally hit the button and it said I passed! Thank you! I hope it goes that well the second time. Oh! One other thing! During the exam, I was so nervous at the beginning that I could not manage reading through the tutorial system the test center provided. I would encourage you to tell other students about the "marking system" I wrote down the numbers of questions I had trouble with instead and that was OK, but I should have used the computer system. I also did really well on my mock exams on timing but when I took the real thing, I only had a few minutes to go over the questions I had marked. Maybe that was partially because the bathroom was so far away :), but still that was a surprise for me and I was very stressed to finish towards the end!