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Yesterday, I PASSED the LMSW exam on my first try! It is a surreal experience! Thank you Therapist Development Center for this program. I can honestly say if it were not for this program, I would not have passed the exam. I was using a very popular study book to prepare for the exam before I purchased the study system. Compared to the program, the book alone was simply not enough. This test is challenging! It definitely required a lot of mental energy. I have never been, the strongest test taker, so I was a bit anxious about the type of questions I would see. Amanda will prepare you though. Before I purchased the program I had heard about it from a classmate of mine. I remember reading the reviews and contemplating whether I should purchase it or not. If that's you now, please do not hesitate any more! It is more than just a "study" system. It is preparation for working in the field. You will not regret purchasing it! Thank you again!!!!
I had zero direction on this test. I had a class mate that said he went in and passed by luck. The first time I felt like I could do the same. The other two online programs helped with definitions or hours spend. One was to take the test 15 times and read the volumes of books. Every time I would get closer but not feel like I had a grip on the endless material or logic. Amanda's outline for the reasoning for her creation made sense and I took a leap of faith to try something different. From the second I registered I felt like someone actually taught me why I'm taking the test, what I should know and know it, and I saw through each question this time. Too bad it took me this long to find it. Not even my college could guide me in steps for the LCSW. I am spreading the word to all my colleagues. One was there on test day and I gave her your info just in case she didn't pass. Another LCSW has to move and retake the test and wanted this program. The third graduates from MSW in May and praised me for the insight to this program!!! THANKS AMANDA FOR BEING SMART AND TEACHING ME WHAT I NEEDED TO KNOW! I am still in shock and never worked harder to find your course but I"m glad I ended understanding the test. I feel more prepared to be a LCSW and know why!
I used TDC for my Law and Ethics Exam and for the LCSW Clinical Exam. I passed each exam on the first try. This was remarkable because I prepared myself for the possibility of having to take the exams again if I did not pass. However, I kept telling myself and telling others that I planned on passing. That was another thing, I did not keep my exam date a secret. I told everyone the dates I would be taking the exam. This helped me deal with anxiety over and over and slowly the pain in my stomach reduced. TDC prepared me in ALL areas. My highest recommendation is to work on test anxiety and anxiety in general when preparing for this exam. The practice exams helped me to always work on my thoughts and my ability to remain present even when things felt extremely difficult. I also highly recommend a study partner because accountability with another person working toward the same goal is key. My study partner lived in the same state but too far away to meet in person and we meet weekly on the phone for 8 weeks. Thank you TDC. This was exactly the study material I needed. I did view briefly another study program and it was overwhelming. The only other material I used was occasionally google to understand a concept further and I took the ASWB practice exam. Totally worth the money. Thank you again. I highly recommend your program.
I used other study material for my prior test and did not pass. There was just too much information. With Therapist Developmental Center I found it to make a huge difference in my learning. The biggest asset was learning about test strategy and how to understand the question stems in order to understand the right answer. The program was very easy to use and it was structured in a way that helped me maintain focus and know what I needed to do. The audio lectures were awesome detailing not only study content but test strategy. The quizzes, Top 50 Topics, and study guides were immensely helpful. The mock exams solidified understanding what the test is about and how to tackle it. I went through the program about three times before I tested, I made flashcards out of the quizzes and study guides, and I made posters to really help me understand the material. This program really focused my studies and I passed after using TDC. Only supplement I really used was the ASWB practice exam. I also feel that I have increased my clinical understanding significantly after completing the program. Thank you so much TDC! So grateful to have completed this final step in my licensing journey!
The Therapist Development Center is an outstanding comprehensive study solution for students and professionals who are preparing for the ASWB Clinical exam. They provided a thorough, consolidated review of topics associated with the four content areas of the exam. The mini-quizzes, two-half and two-full mock tests provided invaluable opportunity to practice and learn both rationales and critical thinking. They offered high standard methods of teaching in a supportive environment with stand-by coaches and peer support. I would recommend this program to anyone, new graduates as well as seasoned professionals who are now pursuing licensure. The program builds confidence as you master the material one step at a time.
This prep-course was amazing. I failed the exam 2x prior to this prep-course. I am a 44 year old full time working mom of 12 year twins. I work at a school and would like to be a school social worker. I took a boot camp class before my first exam and did not feel as prepared as I was for this exam by the Therapist Development Center. I will take this course again before my clinical exam when I am ready. This pre-course was structured, detailed and so informative. I actually looked forward to studying :) Thank you so much Amanda! I feel so relieved and good about my accomplishments.
Although I received my supervision right after obtaining my LMSW over 25 years ago, life circumstances had forced me to put off the LCSW, but it has always been my long term goal to become an LCSW. Given that I had not taken any type of test in over 25 years, I was very anxious about the entire process. I signed up back in Dec to test on 2/5. I did some light studying in Dec, but had always planned on “diving in” in Jan. Well, I got a lingering “flu-like” virus in Jan (1st 3 weeks) and almost postponed the test, but am so glad I didn't. I’m married, have 2 teenage daughters, run my own company, had a national speaking engagement in Jan and a trip to NY pre-planned for Jan. Signed up with TDC on 1/11 and made a firm goal in my head that I would commit to study and follow their system. The beauty of the TDC system is you fit studying into your life, with pre-planning (and commitment to execute), you can really fit it around existing commitments. For example, I planned out exactly what audio I would listen to on my flights to NY, down time at the airport and this type of thing. The “chunking” of study topics makes it so “do-able”! Also, Amanda makes it almost enjoyable to study. I felt like not only was I studying, but I was becoming a better social worker for my training company as well! The TDC advice from start to finish of the entire process was "spot-on". I truly took Amanda/Heidi and TDC into the test with me. They helped me stay calm (when questions were difficult), keep my focus, not panic and to remember that I had it within me to do this. I truly attacked this test thanks to TDC. My lifelong dream of becoming an LCSW has come true. Thank you so much to TDC, I highly, highly recommend their system!
I have been putting off studying for my LCSW for several years as I didn't know where to start with studying. An acquaintance told me about TDC and highly recommended it to use to help me with breaking down the steps to successfully pass my exam. I paid for the program several months ago, but as a result of work and job changes I just couldn’t seem to be able to make studying a priority. Finally January 22, 2019, I registered for my test, which was this morning, 2/13/19. Over the past few weeks I followed the program to a “T”, listened to the audio recordings a few times, and focused on the quizes. I felt confident going into the exam and am so relieved it it over. Follow the program, you too can pass! Good Luck!
I highly recommend TDC for their critical thinking approach to the exam. The coaches were unbelievably speedy in their responses, that helped clarify rationales, and how to break down certain topics. The extension was fantastic, because life's schedule does not alway coordinate with the reality of exam taking. I didn't schedule the exam right away, and found out, too late, that my next opportunity to take the exam was 3 months down the road. I had already completed the program, but needed the extension so I go refresh and review before the test. Thank you for creating such a great study system!
I passed! I felt so confident going in to the exam thanks to this program. Something I found really useful that did not hit me until I was listening to the final prep was that when you are given a question with the words "What would you do first/next?" to realize that all the answers may be right and you need to put them in order. I'd heard it said to put them in order throughout the study material but did not connect it with those words for some reason. Many times I would choose an answer in a practice exam or quiz that seemed really good only to get it wrong because I was going too quickly and not thinking through that there may be something I need to do before that really good answer. I heard Amanda's voice in my head as well which meant, for me, that I really had retained a lot of the material. I did have to use quizlet to help me memorize those research terms a little better because I was struggling with them, but I don't remember a single research question. I really got a lot out of the ethics portion of the materials and did see several ethics questions on the exam that I felt strong in answering. However, I feel more confident in understanding ethical issues in social work in general and I appreciate that even more. I am grateful to have found this program and will recommend it to anyone I know who is going to be taking the exam. Thank you so much!
I have over 25 years in the field of social work covering a vast array of positions. I have primarily been in Administrative and Program Development roles across many settings. I took the test a few times over an 8 year period and did not pass by a point or two. In 2012, I went through the process of having my supervision reapproved so that I would not have to repeat it. This course was essential to teaching me the strategies to not only pass the exam, but also a great review and learning experience to solidify my clinical knowledge and truly understand the DSM-V. I have found the style of learning has helped me to retain the information post exam. Thank you!
I think TDC is absolutely the best prep course I have ever taken (and I have taken quite a few over the years for the GRE, the LSAT and others). I am still shocked that I passed because I have always been a fairly crappy test taker with multiple choice tests. Thank you so much for ALL the work that went into the comprehensive and user friendly instructional design.
Currently tearing up because I remember reading other people's testimonies on here wondering if I should sign up and if it's worth it. Let me tell you, it is. I PASSED MY TEST specifically because of this program. No doubt, I studied hard every time I took the LMSW exam, but this program really helped me understand how to approach each question with a different mindset of expecting every answer choice to be correct and how to choose the BEST, NEXT, or FIRST answer they are looking for in test takers. My personal favorite perk of this program was the Facebook group specific to those currently studying for the LMSW or LCSW exam through TDC. Whenever I was unmotivated to study or would get overwhelmed with stress, I would see inspiring posts from others saying they just passed and specific things they did to approach the exam. The TDC community really helped me to keep going and to do my absolute best. Just something I shared in my victory post: "Remember you only need 1 pass, attempts don’t matter in the end. Proud of everyone in this group for wanting to move up whether it’s for your LMSW or LCSW, keep at it! Your patience and dedication will be rewarded."
Thank you TDC for helping me PASS the LMSW exam! I really appreciated how your system broke down the information for each section tested into just what is needed and not give an overwhelming amount of info that is unnecessary. I loved the audios the most because I was able to listen to them on-the-go, and I found listening to them over and over really help sink in the info. My favorite audios were "Let's Talk Ethics" and "How Change Happens." I remember picking up a copy of the COE I previously found on the internet and reading it and said to myself "I'm never going to get this stuff," but listening to the "Let's Talk Ethics" audio on TDC and hearing the commentary was a life saver for me. Understanding the COE was very important in passing the exam. I appreciated all the tips - how to study, what to eat/drink, self-care, etc. they were all very helpful. Also, being able to communicate with Emily P. via email for clarification and inquiries was awesome! Thank you, Emily! In addition, I love being in the study group on Facebook. I posted/commented several times when I was struggling and my anxiety was getting the best of me and I have to say, the support that I got from my fellow study partners was AWESOME! I love how everyone was supportive of each other, empowering each other - what a great motivation! In closing, thank you again, TDC! I have already recommended your study system to my fellow colleagues who are planning on taking their LMSW/LCSW exams. I will definitely use TDC when studying for my LCSW exam.
Congratulations to Lee Fields for passing the ASWB Clinical exam! Lee wrote us a wonderful and inspiring message which reminds us why we do what we do. He wrote, "I want to thank The Therapist Development Center for providing to me free LCSW study materials as a result of my veteran status. I had earlier purchased the Law and Ethics materials from TDC in the past, followed the provided study structure and suggestions in the syllabus, and passed the exam on my first attempt. I did the same for the ASWB Clinical exam with the same result; passing the first time. I am confident to tell others (which I have been at every appropriate opportunity since passing my exam) that if others follow the TDC study model, they too will have equal success. I came back from my last combat tour in 2009 after being medically evacuated from the battlefield. As a result of a helicopter crash landing, I suffered career ending injuries and was suffering from un-diagnosed PTSD symptoms. After discharge from the army, I was handed over to an overburdened and understaffed VA quagmire of bureaucracy. I fell through a lot of cracks at first, but finally fell under the purview of a passionate and brilliant young former air force LMFT turned psychologist. She and another skilled psychologist educated and assisted me about PTSD, gave me hope and the desire to pick up the pieces of my broken body and mind (one psychologist literally kept me from committing suicide). Fast forward a few years, I was able to go back to grad school receiving an MSW. And, with TDC assistance, pass both Law and Ethics and the ASWB Clinical exam. The Therapist Development Center assisted in my ability to serve myself and others (veterans and civilians) in an effort to combat mental illness in my community. I became a social worker to help others navigate the inherit system of barriers to mental health treatment. Thank you TDC!"
TDC was a Godsend for me! I really struggled with setting up my own study plan using an exam prep book. The prep book had a lot of good information, but reading through a textbook was not a good option for me! TDC really gave me the structured study program I needed to be successful on this exam. I am a firm believer in finding what works for you and things not always being one size fits all. This program was definitely what worked for me! I still struggled with pretty intense anxiety leading up to the exam and on test day, but that's pretty common for me. Despite that, I was able to pass with flying colors! 136/150! My biggest struggle was the timing of the exam - I consistently struggled with my timing on every full length exam I took, both through TDC and elsewhere, and on the official exam. Finally accepting that timing was not going to be a strength for me really helped to alleviate some of the extra anxiety there. I finished the official exam with 27 seconds left to spare, and still managed to pass with a high score! I cannot thank TDC enough for helping me along my road to licensure!
The course was very instrumental in my ability to pass. I have been out of school for decades, and missed being grandfathered in as an LMSW. I'm glad I did, because I learned so much with the course. It was easier learning the DSM V by going through this course then it would have been trying to go through it on my own. Thank you.
TDC is the only study system I used. The information was very comprehensive and the program was easy to follow. I felt well prepared for the exam. I had test anxiety, so once I understood how to manage it using self talk and relaxation techniques I was able to pass the test. Thanks TDC.
TDC made passing my exam possible. I needed 99 to pass and scored 110. I had failed the exam 2 times using other study materials. I passed on my third attempt but it was my first time taking the exam with TDC. The curriculum is very straight forward and easy to manage. You can also formulate your own study schedule easily with having work schedules or kids ect., which is what I did. I started studying mid July 2018 and studied through till my test on 10/2018. I went through the curriculum two times just to ensure my self confidence. I believe other individuals will do well just going through it one time though. Just make sure you do as the course instructs you to. Not only are the materials helpful, but the coaches are awesome!! I really do not think I would have had the confidence to pass this time with out TDC and I thank my coach for sticking with me and helping me through these last few months to prepare for the test. I am over the moon about passing this test and I plan to use TDC when it comes time to prepare for the clinical exam. Thank you TDC!!!
I finally passed my LCSW exam on my third attempt thanks to TDC! I had used plenty of other study guides and work books, along with going to multiple exam prep classes, but none of them seemed to work. I found out through TDC that I'm an auditory learner, and listening to the lectures while taking notes really helped the information stick with me. I love how TDC gives you a study plan to follow, because before that I felt lost and "all over the place" with what I should and shouldn't study. The lectures are straightforward, concrete, and to the point. When I emailed my questions for help, I would hear back within less than two business days which I really appreciated. The coaches and members of the Facebook group were all very encouraging and supportive. I honestly don't think I would have passed this time if it wasn't for TDC!