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LSW/LCSW Exam Preparation


Saturday, June 11
Saturday, July 9

NOTE: Additional sessions scheduled September 2016 through July 2017 will be posted by mid-summer. Please continue to check this website for updated information.

      Bryn Mawr's Social Work License Exam Prep Course is designed for anyone seeking to prepare themselves for the social work license exam, and is not limited to Bryn Mawr College students and/or alums. Special attention is given to practice theory, social work terminology, therapeutic strategies, treatment, practice techniques, ethics, social work values, DSM, psychopharmacology, and diversity sensitive practice. The course includes helpful practice test questions including actual questions designed by ASWB, a study manual, and discussion. Participants provide their own lunch.
      Each session date is a free-standing one-day course that addresses both the master’s (LSW) and clinical (LCSW) social work license exams. A recent survey of past participants of the prep course revealed a 90% exam pass rate after taking the course.

Cost of the one-day prep course includes a study manual that is distributed to participants on class day. No discounts will apply to an individual's multiple registrations for the prep course.

In Pennsylvania, the LSW license is granted after applying to the state, passing the Master’s level exam administered by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) and providing documentation of graduation from an accredited Graduate School of Social Work. Following completion of the MSW degree, the advanced clinical LCSW license may be earned after completing at least 3000 hours of post masters supervised clinical experience. This can be accumulated in no less than 2 years and no more than 6 years with no less than 500 hours and no more than 1500 hours per 12 month period credited towards the supervised clinical experience. Bryn Mawr offers an opportunity to acquire group supervision hours toward the LCSW through its Clinical Certificate Program

Ruth Feinblum, MSS, LCSW, has a post-master's Certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She worked in the public mental health system for a number of years in residential treatment, family-based mental health, and as an outpatient clinician with children and families. She founded Growth Solution Counseling, located in Center City Philadelphia, in 2008. She specializes in helping individuals and couples manage anxiety, improve communication skills, and thrive after divorce.