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10 Jun, 2015

Ask Nicole: How Did You Pass the LMSW Exam on the First Try?

By | 2016-10-25T01:48:00+00:00 June 10th, 2015|Categories: Social Work|Tags: , , , , , , , |6 Comments

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Here’s a question I recently got from a Raise Your Voice reader:

Hi Nicole! I am currently studying to take the licensed master of social work [LMSW] exam in my state. I’m a little nervous because I’ve been out of graduate school for a few years now. While I’ve been working as a social worker since then, I feel so far removed from studying that the thought of actually taking this exam brings up a lot of anxiety for me. Can you share what you did to take the LMSW exam and pass it on the first try?

Before I give my advice on preparing for the LMSW exam, I want to share the process I underwent that led me to pass the LMSW exam on my first try. As a disclaimer, this is what *I* did. In no way am I’m advocating for anyone to do the same. 

I graduated from my social work graduate program in May 2010, and I took the LMSW exam on March 31, 2014. I’m mentioning this for one important reason: While I do recommend taking the exam as soon as you’re eligible to take it (which depends on your state. There are some states that will allow you to take the exam during the final month of your graduate program), it is possible to take this exam and pass it years after graduation.

Some things I considered prior to registering for and taking the exam:

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4 Mar, 2015

Why Social Workers Make the Best Reproductive Justice Activists

By | 2016-10-25T01:48:01+00:00 March 4th, 2015|Categories: Reproductive Justice, Social Work|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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March is one of my favorite months of the year. There’s a lot happening during March for us to raise our voices about, including Women’s History Month, National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers (3/10th), National Women and Girls HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (3/10th), and National Native HIV Awareness Day  (3/21st) (among others).

My favorite thing about March is that it’s all about the social worker. March is National Social Work Month, and this year’s theme is “Social Work Paves the Way for Change”. From individual counseling to managing an evaluation project or grant process, social workers make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, schools, organizations and communities.

What’s so great about this year’s Social Work Month is that I’ve been invited to be a co-presenter for a 3-part webinar series focusing on two of favorite topics: social work and reproductive justice. This series, sponsored by Social Workers for Reproductive Justice with support of The Abortion Conversation Project , will focus on not only how social workers are change agents in the lives of many, but how social workers are often in the forefront of many social justice movements. While this series is meant to be educational and empowering for any professional social worker or student social worker (as well as anyone interested in going into the field), this series will also touch on how the personal views of social workers can often get in the way of our clients’ right to self determination, and what we can do to make sure we remain unbiased in our interaction with our clients and the resources we provide.

Social work was a natural progression for me before I could see how it would relate to my ongoing work as a college student activist, and I am grateful that I’ve been able to combine reproductive justice with social work, in addition to the program evaluation work that I do.

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