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Use Criticism as Fuel for Your Counseling Career
Are you discouraged from setbacks on the road toward becoming a counselor? You’re not alone. Whether it be a failed licensure exam or constructive criticism, becoming an experienced counselor can be discouraging. But, you have a choice. You can either let the setbacks keep you down, or you can transform them into fuel for success. It’s all about balance.

Learn some techniques for getting back into your studies after a long break.

Lessons on Resiliency from the Special Ops
A self-image rooted in other people’s perceptions of us, or in cognitive distortions like “I’m fake” or “I’m not smart enough” can lower the resiliency and self-confidence needed during the licensure preparation process.

Should you take a workshop during your studies? Our coaches, Melissa and Jennifer, went live on October 18th to discuss the benefit of workshops during the study process.

Find Work-Life Balance While Studying for the MFT Exam
Drive, excellence, information and activity are necessary for MFT success and productivity. But these four components can actually steal productivity and throw off our work-life balance. How do you achieve a successful balance of studying for the MFT exam and your personal life? There is no clean-cut answer to solving a life imbalance but we can begin to solve it by noticing what is being stolen.

How to Become a Social Worker in California
Given California’s need for social workers, many people are considering a career in this field. However, the process of becoming a social worker in California can appear confusing to someone just beginning. In this article we hope to demystify the process for you, breaking down the various steps a person needs to follow to become a LCSW in California.

Coaches’ Corner Highlights
The AATBS Facebook Live broadcast Coaches’ Corner has been a big hit since it launched among those preparing for licensure exams. Here are some of the recent highlights!

Alarming First-Time Pass Rates on California MFT Exam
An unusually low first-time pass rates on California’s MFT Clinical Exam has launched widespread controversy in the MFT world. For those Californians preparing to take this exam, these figures highlight the need for proper preparation materials and study skills. Learn more in the article below.

How to Become a Social Worker
It’s common for aspiring social workers to find themselves in a state of confusion. There are four different social work exams and varying requirements from state to state. Where does a person start when beginning down the road of becoming a licensed social worker? This post directs you to the answers to these questions as you embark on your journey to become a social worker.

In this special edition of Coaches’ Corner, our in-house exam coaches have fielded 13 common questions regarding licensure preparation and test taking. Ranging from questions on dealing with burnout to the best way to approach practice tests, this video is a must for anyone preparing for a licensure exam.