Preparing for the 2021 California Clinical Social Work Law & Ethics Exam

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Associate Clinical Social Workers (ACSWs) in California need to take the state's Licensed Clinical Social Worker Law and Ethics Exam in their first year of registration. This study guide is designed to efficiently prepare you for the California LCSW Law & Ethics Exam.

The 2021 guide includes key changes to state law, including changes in the rules for child abuse reporting. It is fully updated to state law and the current NASW Code of Ethics. It features a total of more than 100 practice questions with rationales, including a full-length (75-question) practice test. 25 of those practice questions are new to this edition. For the first time, this guide includes includes subscale scoring on the mock exam, so you can see specific areas of strength and weakness, and focus your continued studying accordingly. It also includes information on coronavirus-related changes in exam policy and administration.

This guide is focused squarely on the information you need to know for the test. It includes test-taking tips and strategies. And the study guide section addresses each and every one of the 128 areas of knowledge the BBS uses when developing the exam itself. The study guide follows the same structure as the exam plan, so you can see which areas are most emphasized on the exam itself.

By using this book, you can go into your exam confident and well-prepared.

You've got this.

Contents

Introduction

   About the test
      Content
      Strategy
      Legal, ethical, or both?
      Accommodations
   Before the test: Preparation strategies
   During the test: Test-taking skills
   After the test: Celebrating and planning next steps
   Impacts of COVID-19
   2021 changes in California law

Law: Confidentiality, privilege, and consent

   Understanding confidentiality
   Understanding privilege
   Treatment of minors
   Documentation
   Telehealth laws

Law: Limits of confidentiality

   Exceptions to confidentiality: Child abuse
   Exceptions to confidentiality: Elder and dependent adult abuse
   Exceptions to confidentiality: Danger to self or others
   Other exceptions to confidentiality
   Exceptions to privilege

Law: Standards for professional practice

   Scope of practice
   Sexual relationships
   Unprofessional conduct laws
   Disclosing fees
   Third-party reimbursement
   Advertising laws
   Payment for referrals

Ethics: Competence and preventing harm

   Scope of competence
   Self-awareness
   Multiple relationships
   Sexual relationships

Ethics: Therapeutic relationship

   Informed consent
   Consultation and collaboration
   Working with multiple clients
   Managing confidentiality
   Managing crises
   Best interests of the client
   Diversity and non-discrimination
   Client autonomy
   Advocacy
   Third-party reimbursement
   Termination and referrals

Ethics: Business practices and policies

   Advertising
   Documentation
   Other professional roles
   Technology
   Setting and collecting fees
   Services paid for by a third party
   Gifts
   Research ethics
   Unethical or incompetent colleagues
   Supervision

Practice questions

   Practice questions
   Answers and rationales

Full-length practice exam

   Practice exam
   Answers and rationales

Appendix: BBS exam plan with Index

Paperback | ISBN 978-1-7348735-2-8