It’s likely you have what it takes to pass the LCSW exam. Though passing the social work exam gets you licensed, there is a learning curve when it comes to actual practice.
Many new social workers approach the field with a certain sense of believing that each one of his or her clients will benefit from his or her services. These social workers eventually find out that not every client will want to change for a variety of reasons. Understanding this will help a new social worker immensely with integration into the new field.
Lisa Baron, MSW, LCSW, contributes to The Social Work Careers Magazine and has been a clinical social worker for more than 25 years. Her article, Tips for New Social Workers, addresses and debunks 10 myths new social workers tend to believe based on “some belief patterns in many of the students I teach.”
Baron begins with a disclaimer to social work students who have yet to pass the LCSW exam. She explains the importance of a career in working with people and goes on to say that “people are complex and you will be amazed, mesmerized, frustrated, disappointed, angered.” She encourages students to “Be realistic about what to expect,” then goes on to list her 10 myths. Below, we describe the facts that her 10 myths suggest.
Read Baron’s full article here.