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Licensure Exam Preparation Workshop 12.3.21

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Licensure Exam Preparation Workshop 12.3.21

Time & Location

Dec 03, 2021, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

About the Event

NASW-Washington State Chapter is pleased to offer this popular course to social workers seeking to become licensed at the advanced or clinical levels. The Licensure Examination Preparation Course will assist social workers in their preparations to take either the clinical or advanced generalist level ASWB exam that is required for social work licensure in the State of Washington and most other states.

The Course has been extensively revised and updated to reflect the changes made by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), the administrator of social work licensure examinations in the U.S. and many parts of Canada, in the clinical and advanced generalist level examinations. From 2015 to 2016, ASWB conducted its sixth analysis of the practice of social work to update the content and weighting of the blueprints for the social work licensure exams. The practice analysis is critical for ensuring that the content of each exam is relevant to current professional practice and reflects the opinions and expertise of a diverse group of stakeholders. Beginning January 2, 2018, all exam categories reflect the new content outlines. More information about the revised knowledge, skills and abilities relevant to either the clinical or advanced generalist level exam that were identified in the practice analysis may be found at the ASWB website,

The changes made to the licensing exam blueprints based on this practice analysis include minor structural and editorial modifications for comprehensiveness and currency. The most extensive changes were observed for the Advanced Generalist exam blueprint. The content areas and the percentages derived from the 2015-2016 practice analysis are generally consistent with the previous practice analysis outcomes. Of primary importance was ensuring that the statements are easy for candidates to understand and meaningful for individuals involved in exam development activities.

The ASWB advanced and clinical level examinations each use 150 scored questions to measure competency across 4 content areas. The Licensure Examination Preparation Course reorganized its content to reflect these 4 content areas and has added new content where needed to reflect the knowledge, skills and abilities identified by ASWB as essential to social work practice in the 21st century. 

The course retains its well-received approach of emphasizing three elements as significantly contributing to a passing score on the examination. These are anxiety management, focused content review and avoiding mistakes in answering questions. The course includes a 200+ page manual and a sample test, helpful in practicing the techniques of avoiding mistakes in answering questions.

The course’s 200+ page manual includes an overview of the major content areas of the examinations including:

• Human Development, Diversity and Behavior in the Environment 

• Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning 

• Psychotherapy, Clinical Interventions and Case Management 

• Professional Values and Ethics and Values (Includes Macro Level Interventions)   More than 15 years of offering this course leads NASW-Washington State Chapter to strongly emphasize to you that you take this course when you are between three weeks and three months of taking the exam

Washington State has a first-time pass rate of more than 80% compared with the national pass rate of just over 75%. NASW-Washington State Chapter believes that this course has a lot to do with more Washington social workers passing! Join them!

About the Presenter:

Elisabeth A. Bridgewater, LICSW is a Clinical Supervisor and therapist with Pacific Mental Health in Lynnwood, WA.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, in 2007 with a BA in Psychology and in 2009 with her MSW she started her clinical career in Eastern North Carolina in a community center with a focus on substance use and mental health. During this time, she was provided the opportunity to be intensively trained by Behavioral Tech, LLC in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) where she was able to implement a full fidelity program in three counties. In addition to the implementation of DBT, being able to learn DBT at this level shaped her clinical and leadership lens that she continues to use in her work today. In 2013 she and her husband relocated to Seattle WA.

She continued her work in the community setting until 2015. At that time she transitioned to various clinical and leadership roles at an integrated health care system. Building on her early work she provided clinical supervision and DBT consultation to her work.

In 2021, she transitioned to Pacific Mental Health. Her current role at Pacific Mental Health includes, supervising 

associate level clinicians seeking licensure and maintaining a client case load. In addition, Elisabeth lectures for Seattle University MSW Program, The University of Washington School of Social Work and other organizations in the Seattle area.

This is a 6 hours workshop from 9am-4:30pm, however only 3 CE Contact hours are available.

CE Contact Hours: 3

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