Monday, June 19, 2017

Free Ethics Questions

Who doesn't want free questions? SWTP has posted a collection of free ethics questions, all based upon important content from the NASW Code of Ethics. Along with each question comes a fairly in-depth explanation--not just what the right answer is, but how to arrive at it. Unlike many other areas of the exam, you can be 100% positive you'll see generous helping of ethics questions on the ASWB exam. Don't skimp on ethics prep!

While questions can get tricky (which comes FIRST? which is BEST?), finding additional guidance about the underlying topic isn't. Unsure about an ethics specific? Just crack open the code. The answers are in there.

Expanding the SWTP blog category to all practice questions gets you even more free practice. The site wants you to get comfortable while working through the free blogged questions in the hopes that you'll stick around for their full-length practice tests. If you decide to do that, be sure to look around for a coupon code (or you can just write the site via the dialogue module that's on every page and request one). You should be able to get a hold of a coupon that will save you somewhere between five and ten percent.

Want more exposure to social worker ethical conundrums. Wander over to the Eye on Ethics column in Social Work Today. Each article contains material for several exam questions (though you'll have to imagine the exam questions yourself).

Happy ethics studying and good luck on the exam!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Quick Quiz: Fill in the Code of Ethics Blank

Another quick quiz to help you get prepped to pass the ASWB exam. Here are the first three of six ethical principles listed in the NASW Code of Ethics. Your job, fill in the blanks.

Value: Service
Ethical Principle: Social workers’ primary goal is to help people in need and to address social problems.
Social workers elevate service to others above  ________________...

Value: Social Justice
Ethical Principle: Social workers challenge social injustice.
Social workers pursue ________________, particularly with and on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed individuals and groups of people...

Value: Dignity and Worth of the Person
Ethical Principle: Social workers respect the inherent dignity and worth of the person.
Social workers treat each person in a caring and respectful fashion, mindful of individual differences and cultural and ethnic diversity. Social workers promote clients’ socially responsible _________________...

What do you say? Answers in comments and, of course, in the Code itself.

Happy studying and good luck on the exam!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Passing the ASWB Exam

Not all license-minded social workers are preparing for the exam. Lot of them have already passed it! SWTP's been posting a series of celebratory pictures and testimonials--happy news from happy social workers who've put exam in their rear view. Here are some via SWTP's Twitter. The rest are on the SWTP blog. They've been posting a couple of these a week. Good motivation: The light at the end of the tunnel. The pot of licensure at the end of the rainbow. Like it says, you're next!

Still studying? There's no reason this can't be you. Picture it. You, a smile, and a pass sheet. It won't be too long now. Good luck!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Social Work Exam Quiz: Name that Notable

It's a good day for a social work licensing exam content quiz. How do we know? Because it's always a good day for some exam content work. Quick quizzes like these test your content knowledge from another angle (not the usual practice test approach) and help limber you up for the big marathon that is the ASWB exam.


Name that psych-slash-social work luminary. (Descriptions clipped from Wikipedia.)

1. Known as the mother of social work, was a pioneer American settlement activist/reformer, social worker, public philosopher, sociologist, author, and leader in women's suffrage and world peace.

2. Notable for his interest in child development and for his pioneering work in attachment theory.

3. Developed therapeutic techniques such as the use of free association and discovered transference, establishing its central role in the analytic process.

4. Developed structural family therapy, which addresses problems within a family by charting the relationships between family members, or between subsets of family.

5. An American author and social worker, known especially for her approach to family therapy and her work with family reconstruction.

6. He is regarded as the father of cognitive therapy. He also developed self-report measures of depression and anxiety, notably the ________ ________ ________(BDI).

What do you say? Answers in comments!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Matching Game: Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders

Ready for another matching game? Sharpen your social work knowledge and get ever-more ready for the social work licensing exam.

Note: this is not how the real exam looks. The real thing is all multiple choice and mostly vignettes. To get a sense of what real exam questions are like and practice with full-length tests, try SWTP. The real exam is 170-questions long. A chunk of those questions are DSM-based. So, for fun and mental weighlifting...DSM matching!

Your job, match the disorder with its simplified description. Here are the definitions:

1. Inhibited, emotionally withdrawn behavior toward adult caregivers.

2. Intrusion and avoidance symptoms following exposure to a life-threatening situation.

3. Intrusion and avoidance symptoms following exposure to a life-threatening situation less than one month ago.

4. Emotional or behavioral symptoms in response to stressor less than three months ago.

5. Child actively approaches and interacts with unfamiliar adults.

Here are the disorders:

A. Acute stress disorder

B. Disinhibited social engagement disorder

C. Post-traumatic stress disorder

D. Reactive attachment disorder

E. Adjustment disorder

Match them! Easy? Answers in comments.

While these definitions are shortened, they cover about the level of knowledge that you'll likely be expected to have to navigate diagnostic questions on the ASWB exam. It's not difficult to imagine a question that will test you--and try to distract you--with the very disorders included here. "A woman reports that ever since _____________, she's been experiencing ____________...What is the MOST likely diagnosis?"

Read more about these disorders here:
 Happy studying and good luck on the exam!


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Matching Game: Sleep-Wake Disorders

It's time for another matching game! For this one, we're all playing as a way to review the sleep-wake disorders section of the DSM.

To prepare for the exam with exam-style questions, try practice tests like the ones from SWTP. Full-length practice beats out game show style quizzes any day. But these quizzes go faster and may be a little bit more fun. Let's begin!

Here are the definitions (which are partial to provide extra challenge):

1. Repeated occurrences of extended, extremely dysphoric, and well-remembered dreams.
2. Polysomnograpy demonstrates episodes of decreased respiration.
3. A complaint of dissatisfaction with sleep quantity or quality.
4. Snoring, snorting, gasping, or breathing pauses during sleep.
5. Recurrent periods of an irrepressible need to sleep.
6. Excessive sleepiness despite a main sleep period lasting at least 7 hours.

Here are this disorders:

A. Insomnia Disorder
B. Hypersomnolence Disorder
C. Narcolepsy
D. Sleep Apnea
E. Sleep-Related Hypoventilation
F. Nightmare Disorder

Match 'em up!

What do you say?

Answers are in comments.

Note: There are more sleep-wake disorders in the chapter. Sleep apnea is divided into two disorders--obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea and central sleep apnea. We didn't include circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders, non-rapid eye movement sleep arousal disorders, rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder, or restless legs syndrome. Too many for the quiz. Just the right amount for exam writers to dip in and pull out something semi-obscure to test you out with. But you'll be ready now.

Read up on the whole collection of sleep-wake disorders here:
Good luck on the licensing exam!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Matching Game: Cluster C Personality Disorders

Another DSM matching game to keep you on your toes as you prepare for the social work licensing exam. We've quizzed you on Cluster A and Cluster B. That leaves (drumroll)...Cluster C!

Your job: match the personality disorder with a symptom included within the disorder (the complete definitions would be giveaways, given the short, three-disorder list). Here are the disorders:

A. Avoidant personality disorder
B. Dependent personality disorder
C. Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder

And here are symptoms to match:

1. Excessive attention to mental control
2. Feelings of inadequacy
3. Pervasive fear

What do you think?

We tried to make these a trickier than they would've been with a more complete list of symptoms. Answers are in comments. To read up on the disorders, try Wikipedia:
These quizzes are fun, but they're just quizzes. For real test preparation, try the full-length practice tests at SWTP. Like they say, "Get practice, get licensed!" You can do it! Good luck!