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Social Justice Coupon Codes for Therapist Development Center

Posted by Amanda Rowan

March 7, 2017 at 9:58 AM


New Coupon Codes: You Save, We Give!

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Basic HUMAN DIGNITY is under full assault. We cannot stand by and do nothing.  We want to put our money (and a little of yours) where our mouth is...And our mouths are screaming for SOCIAL JUSTICE.  

Staring March 7, 2017, when you sign up for one of our programs, we encourage you to choose a coupon code for one of the organizations below. You will save $15 off the cost of the program and $15 will be donated to the organization of your choosing! Remember, this is only one tiny act of resistance. But every act matters!  Let this be the first of many.

Coupon Code: DefendPlannedParenthood

Save $15 and $15 Goes to Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara: 

https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-california-central-coast

Mission Statement: As the most trusted provider of reproductive health care, we promote the ability of all individuals to lead fulfilled lives, build healthy families, and make informed decisions through high-quality health services, education, and advocacy.

 

Coupon Code: ProtectLosPadres

Save $15 and $15 Goes to Los Padres Forest Watch

http://lpfw.org

Mission Statement: Los Padres ForestWatch is the only local nonprofit organization protecting wildlife, wilderness, and clean water throughout the Los Padres National Forest, the Carrizo Plain National Monument, and other public lands along California's central coast for the benefit of our communities and future generations.

 

Coupon Code: WelcomeImmigrants

Save $15 and $15 Goes to Legal Aide of Santa Barbara

http://www.lafsbc.org/

Mission Statement: The mission of the Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County is to provide high-quality legal services in order to ensure that low-income persons and seniors have access to the civil justice system in times of crisis – to secure safe, habitable shelter, adequate income, and protection from domestic violence and elder abuse.

 

Coupon Code: HonorOurMilitary

Save $15 and $15 Goes to the Navy League of Santa Barbara

http://santabarbaranavyleague.org/

Mission Statement: The Navy League of the United States is a non-profit organization that has provided moral support, recognition and family support to personnel in the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and the U.S.- Flag Merchant Marine for over 100 years. The Navy League is unique among military-oriented associations in that it is a civilian organization dedicated to the education of our citizens, including our elected officials, and the support of the men and women of the sea services and their families.

The Navy League is a morale-enhancing organization comprised of 65,000 patriotic civilians in 250 councils worldwide who volunteer their time to give members of the sea services the support and recognition they deserve. The Santa Barbara Navy League sponsors local ship visits and provides activities for visiting crews while in port. The organization has adopted the local U.S. Coast Guard Cutter BLACKFIN and local Marine Safety Detachment, as well as America 's newest aircraft carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76). You need not have served in the military to be a member of the Navy League.

 

Coupon Code: DieWithDignity

Save $15 and $15 Goes to Sarah House

http://www.sarahhousesb.org/

Mission Statement: Sarah House provides a beautiful home and end-of-life care for people of low income.  It continues its original mission by providing for men and women with HIV/AIDS. Additionally, it offers comfort and assistance to family and friends of its residents.  It trusts that its work adds to the growing body of hospice wisdom.  All of this is carried out with what is called “extraordinary kindness.”


Coupon Code: HealthCareForAll
 

Save $15 and $15 goes to Health Care For All-California

http://www.healthcareforall.org

Mission Statement: Health Care for All-California (HCA) is dedicated to achieving a universal health care system through single-payer public financing. Our goal is that all California residents will have access to comprehensive, high quality health care.

 

Coupon Code: DomesticViolenceSolutions  

Save $15 and $15 Goes to Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County 
 
http://www.dvsolutions.org
 
Mission Statement: Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County works to end the intergenerational cycle of domestic violence by providing prevention and intervention services and by challenging society's attitudes, beliefs and behaviors to effect social change.
 
 

If you know of a non-profit that is fighting the good fight and would like them to be added to this list, please email heidi@therapistdevelopmentcenter.com and she will pass the information on to me.

 

Stay strong, comrades.  And remember, rebellions are built on hope, but they are won with daily acts of resistance and fighting your ass off for what matters most to you.

Sincerely,

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 Amanda Rowan, Proud LCSW

Founder and CEO Therapist Development Center

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Career Outlook for Marriage and Family Therapists

Posted by Amanda Rowan

August 2, 2016 at 1:07 PM


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Conflicts within a family are a regular occurrence, and can sometimes require outside help, such as a mediator who can give proper advice to help mend what may be on the verge of breaking. Some people find joy in defusing relationship problems and helping others see what they can do to change. If you feel that you are among these people, becoming a marriage and family therapist may be the right path for you.

 Marriage and Family Therapy is among the most rewarding professional careers. Assisting others and making lives a little bit brighter every day, is a gift that some of the most kind and selfless people possess. If you feel you are among this gifted group, you may have the right mindset to become a marriage and family therapist.

 What is involved in becoming a licensed marriage and family therapist?

 Let’s start with the job description:

 Simply put, a marriage and family therapist is responsible for educating family members so they can resolve their own conflicts within marriage and family. A therapist will use his or her knowledge of family theory and apply techniques and principles to help struggling couples and families find a proper resolution to help them sustain healthy relationships.

 This type of professional should have an advanced degree and be comfortable being self-employed. Very few will work with social service organizations.

 What type of projected growth to expect:

 The Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that there were approximately 33,700 of this type of therapist who were employed in the U.S. in 2014. An increase of 15% was projected over the  years of 2014-2024. That is an increase of 5,000 jobs by the end of the year 2024.

 What are the factors of growth:

 Health insurance plays a big role in the career growth of a marriage and family therapist. Health insurance is now required to cover mental health counseling services, which means more people are taking advantage of this service.

 How you can improve your prospects:

 There is a very small number of marriage and family therapist in rural areas of the United States, so these areas offer the best prospects for employment. All professionals must hold a license in the state where they practice. Certification and licenses will boost your career prospects.

 What to expect from your salary:

 This goes back to the findings of the Bureau of Labor Statistics of 2014. They have reported that a marriage and family therapist earned an on average salary of $48,000 annually. However, annual wages for the low 10% was $30,510, and the high 10% was $78,920. Employers that paid the highest wages were both through the government and religious organizations.

If you feel like becoming a marriage and family therapist is your true calling, you now understand what it takes and a general idea of what your career path will look like. You can find all the information you need to become the light for those who are suffering with their marital and family relationships on our website. Bringing loved ones back together is something that comes with a whole lot of patience and heart. Do you have what it takes? 

 

 



 

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Top 10 Reasons Teens Go To Therapy

Posted by Amanda Rowan

July 26, 2016 at 1:30 PM


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Top 10 Reasons Teens Go to Therapy

The teen years are difficult ones. For some, adolescence can be more difficult. Teenagers who are having a particularly hard time sometimes choose take advantage of therapy and find healthy ways to cope with their various troubles and circumstances. Of all the reasons juveniles go to therapy, below are the most common.


  1. Depression

Many teens suffer from self-esteem issues which can lead to depression. Those who feel overly worried, depressed, sad or shy can benefit from therapy because they need someone who will support and encourage them. In many cases, therapy is the first time someone really listens to them and tries to be supportive.

  1. Anxiety Disorders

Some teens get overly anxious, whether that be about speaking in front of class or preparing for exams or being confronted by a bully. Teens who are so anxious that they in some way feel stuck, seek therapy to gain the courage, peace and confidence to overcome their fears.

  1. Behavior Problems

Anger, depression, low self-esteem, sadness and learning disabilities can result in teens making foolish decisions and cause harm to themselves and others. Those who want to stop their destructive habits such eating disorders, addictions, over spending, smoking, nail biting, using drugs, and self-harm can find success in therapy.  

  1. Substance Abuse Issues

Unfortunately, teens are prone to peer pressure and don’t always make the right decisions. Exposure to drinking and drug abuse often occur during adolescence. Teens seek therapy to break free of the addictions and substance abuse issues that they know are harming them.

  1. Stress

The pressure to succeed in school or extracurricular activities can leave some teens burned out and overwhelmed. When teens seek out therapy, they can learn time management skills, how to prioritization and set boundaries.

  1. School-Related Issues

School can be a challenge for some teens, whether they have a learning or attention problem, get anxious, have behavioral problems such as anger, or being bullied. Some teens also seek therapy because they struggle with self-confidence, making friends or coping with peer pressure.  

  1. Legal Problems

Teens struggle with peer pressure and self-esteem problems which can lead them into hanging out with the wrong crowd and making terrible decisions. Teens who get into trouble with the law are usually encouraged, if not forced, to go to therapy. Teens who decide for themselves that therapy is their best option to stop and begin afresh

  1. Low Self-Esteem

Teens need to feel loved, accepted and worth listening to. They are bombarded with peer pressure, bullying and judgment. Therapy offers teenagers with low self-esteem a listening ear and a safe place where they feel wanted and accepted as they are.

  1. Trauma

There are some adolescents who have experienced traumatic events and need someone outside their friends and family to talk to about it. Teens who have experienced a traumatic event seek the safety, listening ear and outside perspective of a therapist.

  1. Grief

Like adults, therapy can greatly help grieving teenagers walk through it and handle it in a healthy way. Grief can be the result of many causes such as the death of a loved one, divorce or separation of parents, alcoholism or addiction of a parent, news of a chronic illness or anything else. Some teens resort to some destructive coping strategies to push through the pain. Therapy provides hurting and grieving teenagers an outlet to process their feeling and make more sense of their situations.

 


There is a lot going on in the lives of adolescents during middle school and high school years. Teens seek therapy to help them address, handle and overcome a wide range of obstacles and personal struggles. As a professional therapist, you can have a great impact and influence on the lives of teens. If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a licensed therapist, we invite you to read some of our professional development resources.



 

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Topics: MFT, Family Therapy, Teen Therapy

Benefits of Pre-Marital Counseling

Posted by Amanda Rowan

July 15, 2016 at 2:27 PM


Benefits of Pre-Marital Counseling

They’re excited. They’re in love and the day is quickly approaching when they marry the man/woman of their dreams. The next phase in life looks great. Most soon-to-be couples ask ‘What can possibly go wrong when you finally get to spend the rest of your days with your special someone?’

Why Few People Seek Pre-Marital Counseling

Marriage is a big commitment, yet few engaged couples outside of religious communities go to pre-marital counseling. While most faith communities require couples to attend pre-marital counseling, couples with no faith background shy away from counseling. This has to do with fear. They don’t want to put a kink in a blossoming relationship. Engaged couples can be naïve and believe they can properly sort out their differences later.

How Pre-Marital Counseling Can Help

The benefits of pre-marital counseling, however, far outweigh the risks of addressing potential conflict before marriage. As a marriage and family therapist (MFT), you can offer engaged couples valuable advice. You can give them an unbiased, honest, outsider’s perspective on each partner’s shortcomings and bring up issues that need to be discussed before marriage.

No marriage, after all, will be without disagreements and conflict. Pre-marital counseling is a key component in ensuring that couples will have marriages that last. You can address the communication and conflict resolution issues that lead to divorce and prepare them with a plan and solution for dealing with these inevitabilities. 

 

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Here are the key benefits that you, as an MFT, can offer couples through pre-marital counseling.

  1. Lack of communication and inappropriate communication are the biggest contributors to disintegrating marriages. Many couples don’t engage in proper, open communication until a big problem arises – and by then it’s too late to work on communication skills. Some couples won’t even communicate during a major conflict, which leads to further misunderstandings.

 

Successful marriages require strong communication skills. Pre-marital counseling can provide the opportunity to develop effective communication skills for both partners. Negative communication habits can also be addressed during these sessions. When both partners go into the marriage with strong and effective communication skills, future conflicts can be addressed quicker and in a healthier way.

 

  1. Conflict resolution. The strength of one’s marriage is tested when conflict comes. No marriage is immune from disagreements and arguments and those that persevere with appropriate conflict resolution are the ones that will most likely to succeed. Conflict, like unhealthy communication skills, can destroy a marriage. Sessions with a counselor can guide soon-to-be couples on how to handle inevitable disagreements in a healthy and safe way. This knowledge will make future marital struggles easier to handle and discuss.

 

  1. Outside perspective. When people are in love, they tend to only see the best in their fiancé. Sooner or later, the honeymoon phase will end and they’ll see each other’s true colors. As a marriage counselor, you’ll will be able to offer an outside, objective perspective on their relationship and the strengths and weaknesses both partners bring to the marriage. As an outside observer, you will be able to offer the best wisdom, advice and correction.

 

  1. Lower chance for divorce. The biggest benefit of pre-marital counseling is that it equips both partners with the tools and knowledge needed to communicate effectively and clearly with one another and handle and resolve conflict. This, in turn, will lower the couple’s chance of their marriage ending in divorce.

 

Pre-marital counseling is highly recommended for any engaged couple. It is the best way couples can effectively communicate and handle future conflicts in their marriage. Couples who attend counseling have a higher chance their marriage will last and not end in divorce.

As a marriage and family therapist, you’ll have the opportunity to ensure that a couple’s marriage starts off on the right foot. For more information about becoming an MFT or preparing for the licensing exam, you can visit our resources and study guides.



 

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Topics: Counseling, Premarital Counseling, Marriage Therapy, MFT

3 Tips to Pass the LCSW Exam

Posted by Amanda Rowan

May 4, 2016 at 4:40 PM

Becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker is the goal of thousands of social work graduates each year. With so many graduates, we get many questions about the LCSW exam, such as “How do I pass the exam, what should I prepare for, how much time should I set aside for study?”

These questions have led us to give these three tips for passing the LCSW the first time.

  1. Organize your time efficiently. Studying for the LCSW exam is a time-consuming endeavor. Be prepared to study as much as 50-70 hours for the exam. Concentrated study of audio lectures, quizzes and practice exams can be the difference between passing and failing.
  2. Take an online course. Therapist Development Center provides essential test taking strategies you will use on exam day.  The course can be completed once with 50 hours of studying and can be repeated as needed. LCSW Exam Coaches are available for questions while you are preparing to PASS.  In 2015, 95% of social workers passed on the first try using our study system. You're next.
  3. Focus on Success. Studying for the LCSW might seem like a lot of work, not worth it at times. Keep your eyes on the prize. The average LCSW can make as much as $30,000 more per year than the average social work graduate. An LCSW can greatly enhance your life and your future.

For more information on FAQ’s, visit http://www.therapistdevelopmentcenter.com/faq

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The NEW California MFT Clinical Exam Prep is Launched!

Posted by Amanda Rowan

November 16, 2015 at 4:37 PM

All of us at the Therapist Development Center are pleased to announce that our new program for the California MFT Clinical exam has been launched! 

Every MFT intern in California wants to know: "What is the new Clinical Exam like?"  According to our sources at the Board of Behavioral Sciences, the MFT Clinical Exam will be a merger of the Standard Written Exam and the Clinical Vignette Exam.

So how did we go about creating our study system?  We identified the best parts of both our old programs, added some enhancements, integrated it all together into an easy to follow 10-step plan and WHOALA our 65-hour MFT Clinical Study System was born!

As always, you can count on TDC to cover the studying and test taking strategies that are going to ensure your success.  While you are studying, MFT coaches are standing by to answer any questions you have. We are with you until you pass.

We are running a MFT Clinical Exam launching promotion! 

Buy the MFT Clinical Exam program before the end of 2015 and save $50! 

Enter coupon code: 2015MFTClinical$50OFF at checkout.

 

Buy the California MFT Clinical Exam Prep  

 

(PS - It takes a lot of brain power and perseverance to create a 65-hour study course as comprehensive as ours.  I want to give a special thanks to my MFT coaches, Robin Gluck and Asya Pogodina, for their relentless dedication and support over the past year.   We did it!) 

 

On behalf of the TDC team, We look forward to helping you PASS with CONFIDENCE!

Contact us with any questions!

 

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Help Change the Conversation about Suicide!

Posted by Amanda Rowan

November 5, 2015 at 4:01 PM

Every 13 minutes there is a suicide in the United States. 

In the next 13 minutes you can help change that.

Last year my friend, Michelle, a fellow therapist who had attended my workshop "The Phenomenology of Suicide", connected me with Lisa Klein, a film maker who is working to change the conversation about suicide through her new documentary "The S Word".  Lisa and I share an interest in educating people about suicide and improving our response to people who are suffering so much they want to end their lives.

In 2016, the Therapist Development Center will be launching a comprehensive CEU training in Suicide Assessment and Management developed with Dr. Shawn Christopher Shea, MD., an expert in suicide assessment. 

  In the meantime, TDC is supporting the "S" Project and you can, too.

Please join me in supporting The S Word Kicktstarter Campaign! 

For every $ you give the kickstarter campaign up to $50, TDC will give you a matching credit plus $10!  This will be good on any test prep or CEU course. 

So give $50 and you'll get a $60 Credit.  Just forward us your receipt.  But time is limited.

The kickstarter campaign ends November 15th.

Here's a little about Lisa:

Lisa co-directed OF TWO MINDS (2012), a journey into the lives of remarkable people living, struggling, and triumphing with bipolar disorder. OTM won a SAMHSA VOICE Award and an EIC Prism Award, the most significant awards for a mental health documentary, and has been seen by sold out audiences at screenings across the country including universities and mental health organizations, as well as becoming a top documentary on Netflix. Lisa co-owns MadPix, Inc., an independent production company in Los Angeles, with her husband Doug Blush.

And a message from Lisa about the movie:

My name is Lisa Klein and I am currently directing a documentary called The S Word. Try telling someone you're making a film about suicide and see what their reaction is. Not an easy pitch, to say the least.

As a survivor of both my father's and brother’s suicides, I have wrestled with the guilt, shame, and confusion for years. I will never know why my dad ended his life. Nobody talked about my brother Keith. My mother could never bring herself to say the words, “My son killed himself.” Words that no mother should have to say. Ever.

That was my impetus for making the film - I wanted to tell the stories of people who have lost loved ones to suicide because it’s crucial to both stay connected and be able talk about suicide without shame or judgment. I didn’t come easily to this realization - the word suicide was not spoken in our house - it was the confused and traumatized ghost that lingered in the walls.

I’ve since learned that speaking the word itself is not the problem. The silence that so often surrounds it is. I think my 19-year-old self would have begged Keith to stay - and told him all the reasons why he should. But, I probably would not have asked him if he was thinking about suicide or if he had a plan. I wouldn’t have told him that it was okay to not be okay. I would have just wanted to fix the problem because that’s all I knew. What I’m left with now is retrospect and “If I knew then what I know now my brother would be alive.” Maybe - I can’t ever know that.

We all have the power to save lives and it is our collective responsibility to build an environment of empathy and acceptance, stripping away the shame and discrimination that has been the breeding ground of suicide for far too long.

So now, I am going to say the word suicide - shout it if I have to - because the silence continues to kill people every day. Until very recently, first person narratives of people who have been suicidal were largely missing from this conversation - and that makes no sense. The S Word will give voice to those who have not only survived, but have courageously transformed their personal struggles into strength and action. From these stories will emerge a mosaic of the humanity that encompasses life, love, humor, triumph and survival. Good days. Bad days.  

So, when somebody asks me “Why suicide? Isn’t that topic depressing?” My answer is very clear: “There is nothing depressing about working to prevent the kind of suffering that so many families have endured. The most depressing thing would be to remain silent.” And not do this movie.

Take a look: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/560038684/the-s-word-a-feature-length-documentary-film

Lisa Klein, Director

The S Word Documentary

www.facebook.com/suidoc

Twitter & Instagram: @Suidoc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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California LCSW and MFT Law and Ethics Exam Prep Launched!

Posted by Amanda Rowan

November 4, 2015 at 2:12 PM

California LCSW and MFT Law and Ethics Exam

Shout it from the roof tops: "Woo Hoo! Therapist Development Center has launched the California Law and Ethics Courses for LCSWs and MFTs!"  We know a lot of you have been waiting patiently and we are proud to say that we have delivered the outstanding course therapists have come to expect from us. (And if you buy before the end of the year - you can save $50 -- see below).

TDC is known for our concise yet comprehensive curriculum. People actually report "enjoying" studying! What makes our programs different than others?

We create our systems based on the neuroscience of learning.  For example, there are learning tasks that are all around 90 minutes or less because your brain can't actually learn the entire 8 hours of a full day workshop.  Instead of directing you to read a whole book on Law and Ethics, which would be b-o-r-i-n-g, we organize your studying into a step-by-step study plan that consists of a dynamic curriculum comprised of engaging audio lectures, practice exams, quizzes and quick studies.  Lastly, you have access to a team of coaches to answer any questions about the program.

The Law and Ethics exam replaces the Standard Written Exam. For those of you who are wondering what the Law and Ethics Exam will be like, here's the deal.  It is 75 questions in 2 hours.  40% of the exam will be Legal questions and 60% will be Ethical questions. There will be factual and reasoning based scenarios. We will have you ready for it all.

All of those currently registered as Associate Social Worker or MFT interns will need to take the exam in the next 18 months. If you’re currently registered as an Associate Social Worker or MFT intern, you will need to take the exam for either your 2016 or 2017 renewal, depending on your specific renewal month:

  • ASWs and MFT interns whose registrations expire on or before June 30, 2016: You will need to take the law and ethics exam prior to your 2017 renewal.
  • ASWs and MFT interns whose registrations expire on or after July 1, 2016: You will need to take the law and ethics exam prior to your 2016 renewal.

The second exams in California are being replaced by the MFT Clinical Exam (we will have that program ready before the end of November) and the National Clinial Exam for Social Workers (you can buy that program here).

 

We are running a Law and Ethics launching promotion! 

Buy the Law and Ethics program before the end of 2015 and save $50! 

Enter coupon code: 2015L&E$50OFF at checkout.

 

Buy the LCSW Law & Ethics Prep

 

Buy the MFT Law & Ethics Prep  

 

On behalf of the TDC team, We look forward to helping you PASS with CONFIDENCE!

Contact us with any questions!

 

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The Social Work Job Hunting Process

Posted by Amanda Rowan

September 30, 2015 at 9:24 AM

 

What is the best way to find a job as a social worker? This can be a challenging process, especially for new grads that haven’t had much experience in the field. One of the issues in the field of social work is that there actually isn’t a great single resource for jobs, which is something most people find out pretty quickly. Although there are some general tools that can help you with your job search, you are really going to have to develop your own resource bank. This article will describe a few routes you can take to make some headway on your social work job search.

Traditional Resources

Starting off your job search may be easiest with some of the more conventional resources such as the career services department at your graduate school. Two of the main online job sources I would recommend are:

  • Socialservices.com
  • Idealist.org

These websites offer some general job postings in the industry and can serve as an asset during your search. Another thing to be aware of is that some agencies do post with the local major newspaper. You could do a search, for example in the L.A. Times, to see who is posting for social service jobs.

One of the things I found out pretty quickly in regard to job searching is that a lot of agencies don’t actually post on big public sites and they will choose to post internally instead. This can make things more challenging because instead of being able to look for jobs in a single place you have to search for the different places these companies are posting their jobs.

If you still have access to your book about the internship sites at your school then you can use that as a resource because those are all agencies that will hire social workers since they are obviously needed to supervise interns. You have the option of going through that list and making note of places that you would be interested in working for and then visit their website to view any posted job opportunities.

Using Your Network

The most important resources you will have during your job search are the people in your network as well as the people who have already been there. By reaching out to these individuals, you can find out where the best resources are.

When you reach out to people who are already established in the field they are going to know people at other agencies and will be able to find out more easily who is hiring and help you get on the inside track. Talking with your peers and staying connected with them will help you find out if they have already gotten jobs and where they’ve been hired. It really is true in any job, even in social work; it’s really who you know and the contacts you have to get your foot in the door.

If there are particular agencies or interests that you have you can also look them up and contact them directly. When you do this let them know that you have a professional interest in this area and list any experience you have and express that you would love to be part of their team if they are hiring at any point in the future. Even if they are not currently hiring you may have the opportunity to do some volunteer work, which will at the very least give you some valuable experience and possibly lead to employment potential in the future. All these efforts will function to support your career goals and will hopefully pay off down the road.

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The Changes to the California LCSW and MFT Exams: How to Prepare

Posted by Amanda Rowan

June 4, 2015 at 2:38 PM

In January of 2016, California will switch its LCSW and MFT licensing exams.

LCSW Exams - LCSW applicants will be required to pass two new exams that replace the existing exams:

  • A California Law and Ethics Exam will replace the Standard Written Exam. It is designed to assess the applicant's knowledge of and ability to apply legal and ethical standards relating to clinical practice.
  • The National Clinical ASWB Exam will replace the Clinical Vignette Exam. It is designed to assess an applicant’s knowledge of psychosocial principles and methods in treatment and their application, and the ability to make judgments about appropriate techniques, methods and objectives as applicable to the profession’s scope of practice.

LMFT Exams - LMFT applicants will be required to pass two new exams that replace the existing exams:

  • A California Law and Ethics Exam will replace the Standard Written Exam. It is designed to assess the applicant's knowledge of and ability to apply legal and ethical standards relating to clinical practice.
  • A California Clinical Exam will replace the Clinical Vignette Exam. It designed to assess an applicant’s knowledge of psychotherapeutic principles and methods in treatment and their application, and the ability to make judgments about appropriate techniques, methods and objectives as applicable to the profession’s scope of practice.


Here are some questions people are asking about TDC's program for people caught in this transition.

1) Will the people on the cusp of the exams be automatically rolled over to the National LCSW program or the Clinical MFT Program?
If you purchased the COMBO package you will be automatically covered and be given an upgrade to whichever exam prep you need based on where you are in the process.   If you passed the SWE (current first exam) you would not need to take the Law and Ethics - only the National Clinical if you are a social worker or the Clinical Exam if you are an MFT.
2) Will there be any additional fees to transfer to the National program?
No.  However, if you paid only for the first exam program and already passed that exam, you will still need to purchase the program for the National Clinical if you are a social worker or the Clinical Exam if you are an MFT. 
3) Is the Law and Ethics exam T/F format?
No.  It will be 100 question multiple choice.
4) If you take and fail the Law and Ethics exam, how long before you can attempt it again? 
The BBS has not announced this yet but we think it will be either 3 or 6 months.
5) Must people take and pass both exams prior to Jan 2016? 
No.  If you don't pass the current exams you will have to take either one or both of the new exams depending on whether you have passed the first exam.  So if you pass the first exam you don't have to take the Law and Ethics exam.  If you fail the current first exam, you will have to take the Law and Ethics before you take the new Clinical exam.
6) After taking and passing the Law/Ethics exam is there a waiting period to take the next exam?
A little one --  You can take the next exam once the BBS processes your exam paperwork, which takes 2-4 weeks.
       
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