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Michigan Social Work Licensure Exam Institute

Presented by NASW-Michigan

 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

9:00am - 4:00pm (Registration opens at 8:15am)

 

The Kensington Hotel

3500 S State St

Ann Arbor, MI 48108


$150 for NASW Members, $200 for Non-Members

**Space is limited**

Free onsite parking. Lunch included.

 

Be prepared. Learn the content and strategies to pass the Bachelor's, Clinical, or Advanced Generalist exam for social work licensing in Michigan!

 

The National Association of Social Workers - Michigan Chapter (NASW-Michigan) is excited to announce the date for our second annual Social Work Exam Licensure Institute. This one day workshops will walk limited licensed social workers at both the BSW and MSW levels through the necessary steps to pass the ASWB exam and reduce test anxiety.

 

This seven hour institute includes:

  • Full day comprehensive in-person workshop that covers key exam content areas
  • Comprehensive Study Guide Book - $75 value!

BSW Institute Attendees – Social Work ASWB Bachelors Exam Guide: A Comprehensive Study Guide for Success. 2015. Springer Publishing.

MSW Institute Attendees – Social Work ASWB Clinical Exam Guide: A Comprehensive Study Guide for Success. 2015. Springer Publishing.

or

MSW Institute Attendees – Social Work ASWB Advanced Generalist Exam Guide: A Comprehensive Study Guide for Success. 2015. Springer Publishing.

  • Additional online webinars on the Michigan licensure process
  • Access to a statewide supervision registry
  • Opportunities to sign up for regional study groups
  • On-site staff available to answer your licensure, supervision and ethics questions

 “Dawn gave us the tools we needed to take the exam, and let me tell you – she was on point! Not only did she cover the content areas we needed to focus in on, but she also showed us how to read and interpret the questions on the exam.”

Ammu D. Kowolik, LMSW, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research

Key Features of Each Guide:

  • Covers all the content areas on the examination, including new content from the DSM-5 added in 2015
  • Includes a 170 question complete practice test (with explanations of the correct answers) that mirrors the exam
  • Begins with a self-assessment section to help identify areas of strength and weakness
  • Offers a wealth of test-taking tips and strategies to foster exam confidence, including tips on dealing with test anxiety
  • Developed by a highly respected educator of social work licensure candidates


About the Test Prep Manual Author & Instructor:

Dawn Apgar, PhD, LSW, ACSW, has helped thousands of social workers across the country prepare for the examinations associated with all levels of licensure. She has been a trusted licensure resource to many NASW chapters across the country, including New Jersey, New York, Montana and most recently Michigan.

 

Dr. Apgar has completed research on licensure funded by the American Foundation for Research and Consumer Education in Social Work Regulation and is currently chairperson of New Jersey’s social work licensing board. She is a past President of the New Jersey Chapter of NASW and has been on NASW’s National Board of Directors. In 2014, the Chapter presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Apgar has taught in both undergraduate and graduate social work programs and has extensive direct practice, policy, and management experience in the field.

 

*Note. There will be two 15 minute breaks and a 45 minute lunch break provided in the training. Coffee, tea, and water will be available throughout the training.


Licensure Institute Aims to Help New Professional Pass the Exam

“I feel so much more confident about taking my MSW exam. I would highly recommend this class. Dawn was wonderful and made the content so easy to understand”

 

On November 22, around 80 limited licensed social workers braved the first huge snow storm of the year to participate in NASW-Michigan first Licensure Exam Institute, held at the Marriot Hotel in Pontiac. The seven hour course walked participants through key exam taking strategies, including covering content areas, test anxiety, what to expect on the test day, ethics, and more.

 

Additionally, participants left with a 300+ page exam guide, complete with a full sample test. Throughout the day, many sample questions were given to help acclimate the group to question formatting and how to best use ASWB’s Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). Here is one sample question to test your knowledge:

 

Sample Question. When doing an assessment, a client reveals that he is frequently using cocaine. The social worker should FIRST: (answer on the bottom of this page)

A)     refer the client for substance abuse treatment

B)      explore the client's motivation for change

C)      provide services focusing on the client's immediate problems

D)     complete a biopsychosocial history

 

NASW-Michigan would like to send a special thanks to our Institute presenter, Dawn Apgar. Dawn Apgar has helped thousands of social workers across the country prepare for the examinations associated with all levels of licensure. She has been a trusted licensure resource to many NASW chapters across the country, including New Jersey, New York, Montana and most recently Michigan.

 

After the Institute, participants said:

“This is the third prep course I have taken, and I feel I learned more in the first hour of this course than the other two combined.”

 

 “My anxiety level has decreased as I feel better equipped to take the test. The book was an invaluable resource as well.”’

 

“I left the prep class feeling confident, knowledgeable, and with a plan of action. GREAT instruction with good tone, pace, clarity, vocabulary, and respect for attendees.”

 

“Appreciated the honesty that the exam content does not always align with real world practice – very reassuring! Thank you for offering insight as to how to ‘work the exam’.”

 

A second institute is looking to be planned for the summer of 2016, so be on the lookout for details in the coming months.


Answer:  A. In this case "refer" means provide information. Also, As the social worker you might be providing a service other than direct clinical service where it wouldn't be appropriate to do anything other than refer. For instance, if your client was seeking a social service like housing or cash assistance.

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