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.
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.