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Veterans Day Gratitudes and Reflections

Posted by Bethany Vanderbilt

November 10, 2017 at 10:28 AM

bigstock--184314940.jpgWith so much going on in the world, it helps me to make space for intentional moments of gratitude. As we close in on Veterans Day 2017, I’m taking a moment to reflect on the sacrifices of those who have served, my gratitude for them and their families, and the inspiration they have given us here at TDC to do more over the past year to honor and support veterans.

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Topics: Exam Prep, Social Justice

Do you work for the VA or know someone who does? If so, check this out!

Posted by Bethany Vanderbilt

October 12, 2017 at 6:42 AM

Did you know? The Department of Veterans Affairs employs more than 12,000 social workers, marriage faVA Photo-2.jpgmily therapists and professional clinical counselors. The services these professionals provide are integral to helping veterans and their families. As part of Therapist Development Center’s (TDC) ongoing efforts to support our country’s veterans, and those who assist them, we are happy to announceTDC is now an approved vendor with the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Topics: Exam Prep, LCSW Exam Prep, Continuing Education, Veterans, MFT Exam Prep, LMSW Exam Prep

Answer and Rationale for LCSW/LMSW Practice Question on Suicidal Clients

Posted by Bethany Vanderbilt

September 14, 2017 at 11:59 AM

Yesterday we posted the following question about suicidal clients, and today we have the answer and rationale for you!

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Topics: Exam Prep, LCSW Exam Prep, Social Work Exam Prep, Suicide Prevention

LCSW/LMSW FREE Practice Question: Suicidal Clients

Posted by Bethany Vanderbilt

September 13, 2017 at 9:37 AM

As you all know, September is Suicide Prevention Month, and here at TDC, we are using the month as a platform to begin conversations around this often-taboo topic. If you’re studying for your licensure exam, whether a social work exam OR a MFT exam, you’ve probably found that this topic is front and center. There’s a good reason for that: at some point in our professional lives we will almost certainly work with at least one client who wants to end his or her life. Our state boards and licensing organizations want to ensure that as competent professionals we can recognize the signs and symptoms of potential suicide, assess for it accurately, and take the necessary steps to help our client’s stay safe.

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Topics: MFT, Exam Prep, LCSW Exam Prep, Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention Month

Posted by Bethany Vanderbilt

September 7, 2017 at 10:24 AM

 

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Topics: Professional Development, Suicide Prevention

2017 Veterans Service Scholarship Winners

Posted by Bethany Vanderbilt

August 16, 2017 at 1:47 PM

Congratulations to the 5 winners of the 2017 Veterans Service Scholarship:

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Topics: Exam Prep, Social Justice, LCSW Exam Prep, Social Work Exam Prep

Veterans Get TDC for FREE

Posted by Bethany Vanderbilt

July 19, 2017 at 3:52 PM

When I met Amanda Rowan eight years ago, one of the things that stood out to me immediately was her courage and commitment to serve others -- to stand up when she saw injustice or inefficiency, to challenge the status quo even when it wasn’t popular to do so, and most importantly to extend herself in order to help others.

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LCSW Practice Question: Child Abuse and Neglect

Posted by Bethany Vanderbilt

July 5, 2017 at 12:00 AM

Hello! When Amanda Rowan helped me pass my licensing exams in California 8 years ago, I would never have dreamed that I would be writing this blog today. It’s been quite a journey! It all started with practice questions: Amanda helped me read them effectively, understand what the test and question were asking, and make sense of how to evaluate answer choices strategically. Good practice questions have always been our goal at TDC, and I’m excited to be using the blog to share some of that with you again.

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Free LCSW Practice Exam

Posted by Bethany Vanderbilt

April 7, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Free LCSW Practice Exam

No one wants to think about malpractice...I know I don't!  But we have to -- it's a risk that we take when we choose to enter a profession whose focus is helping others.  One of the most important ways you can protect yourself against malpractice is through the process of informed consent.  Of equal importance, this process also (hopefully) protects the client from inadvertently or unknowingly entering into a situation that could lead to uncomfortable emotions, pain, regression, etc.

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MFT Exam Free Practice Question

Posted by Bethany Vanderbilt

February 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM

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Okay, so a couple of weeks ago, my colleague Emily Pellegrino did an excellent blog post on defense mechanisms (if you haven't seen it yet, and are studying for the MFT exam, check it out!).  We're going to be looking at them again tonight as our attention turns to psychological phenomena.  It may seem redundant, but defense mechanisms come up repeatedly on exams, and you, the test-taker, need to understand not only what purpose they serve, but also how to identify major defense mechanisms when they are described in a stem.

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