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- 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.
Your attitude towards yourself and towards the exam affects whether you have a positive or a negative experience during the study and exam process. Taking care of your physical and emotional needs during the preparation period is critical to putting yourself in the best position to succeed. Leave plenty of time to study and practice exam-type questions so that you don't get into a situation of having to do last minute cramming.
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.
Throughout the month of March, the NASW will be presenting the Elevate Social Work Campaign. The NASW’s campaign purpose is to educate the public about social workers’ important contributions to the world, as well as the importance of the profession.
Working in settings that range from hospitals to mental health centers to family practice, social workers support a variety of vulnerable populations. But social workers themselves often don’t get the support they need in their professional practice. For National Social Work Month, we’re looking at the most common challenges social workers face, and what you can do to advocate for improvements.