On September 26, 2020, Assembly Bill 1145 was signed into law. For over 10 years in the pursuit of legislative advocacy as an LMFT and as a Gerry Grossman Seminars instructor of BBS exam preparatory and continuing education classes, I have strongly advocated for a change in the law as it pertained to mandated reporting and consensual sex and minors. In 2010, I wrote an article regarding this subject for CAMFT Therapist magazine to alert mental health professionals to the inequity in the law. I spoke out regarding this topic at annual CAMFT conferences and at multiple BBS meetings, and walked the halls of the Capital Building advocating at representatives’ offices.
- We usually think of diversity as taking into consideration a client’s ethnic or racial background, sexual identity, gender, or perhaps age; however, it might be useful to consider diversity as any difference between the social worker and a client in which the client might feel that the clinician cannot understand their experience.
Assessment is a major area covered in the social work exams, and it pays to be knowledgeable about what information to gather from clients entering therapy and how to gather that information. As a social worker, you assess a case to basically answer the question: “What is going on here?” We use numerous tools to assess and conceptualize a new case.
- As you practice exam questions make sure you develop the habit of picking an answer for EVERY question, no matter what. Flag the questions you guessed on – it’s just as easy to go back to them once they are flagged. When you’re in study-mode, take as long as you need to work on each question and read every rationale.