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Battling Test Anxiety

The Social Work Exam Tutor

Ok, so maybe you have the intellectual side of the test under control; you have your materials, your review books, and have taken as many online practice questions as possible.  But what if you’re a person that doesn’t feel that they test well, or are just feeling especially nervous as the day for your scheduled exam approaches?

First, an important note about the test:  The test is not designed to be a mine-field filled with tricks and traps to shatter the hopes of thousands upon thousands of doe-eyed grads and weeding most of them out to crown America’s Next Top Social Worker (TM) with accompanying agency assignments, dramatically edited reality-show clips, and commercial endorsements (I call shotgun on Apple and Applebee’s).

Instead, the test is designed to measure whether during our 1-4 years of grad school, through courses and integrated field experiences, we have the minimum set of competency to practice in…

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Depression Top Ten

Bouncing Around the Brain

In the wake of the news of Robin Williams taking his life and the wave of attention that depression and suicide have in turn received (both good and bad), I thought it would be helpful to address depression in a more helpful manner.

We can discuss and debate the cause and nature of depression, but I think what would be more beneficial is for us to stop and really consider how we can help those who are struggling with depression, regardless of how we think depression works or if it is a disease or not.

So, without further adieu – I present my Top Ten ways to support someone with depression.

1. Get informed. NAMI and NIMH are both great places to start. In today’s age of information access, ignorance is no excuse.

2. Be kind. Just treat someone who struggles with depression like a human being.

3. Don’t assume…

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Accepting schizo-affective disorder

Anchored In Knowledge Counseling

thinkingAre you the parent of or know someone who is the parent of an adult child with schizophrenia or Schizoaffective disorder? How would you respond to that diagnosis? What if your son or daughter was a stellar student with gifted abilities and one day lost her hope for a bright future because of a chronic mental health condition? The stress and strain that you would feel might almost take all the life in your soul. In fact, it might cause you to question why.

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