Preparing for the 2023 California Clinical Social Work Law & Ethics Exam

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Associate Clinical Social Workers (ASWs) 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 2023 guide integrates updates to state law, and is current to the most recent NASW Code of Ethics. It features a total of 112 practice questions with rationales, including a full-length (75-question) practice test and a separate 25-question mini-mock exam. Of all the practice questions in this text, 20 are new to this edition. 

This guide also includes subscale scoring on the mini-mock and mock exams, so you can see your specific areas of strength and weakness, and focus your continued studying accordingly. 

This guide is focused squarely on the information you need to know for the test. It includes test-taking tips and strategies and guidance on anxiety management. 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.



   About the test
   Test-taking strategy
   Before the test
   After the test
   2023 key changes in California law

Law: Confidentiality, privilege, and consent

   Understanding confidentiality
   Understanding privilege
   Treatment of minors
   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
   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
   Third-party reimbursement
   Termination and referrals

Ethics: Business practices and policies

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

Mini-mock exam

   Mini-mock exam (25 questions)
   Answers and rationales

Full-length practice exam

   Practice exam (75 questions)
   Answers and rationales

Appendix: BBS exam plan with index

Paperback | ISBN 979-8-9864668-0-4