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Examination Content Outlines

Basic Examination

Content Area Items
I. Human Development and Behavior
    A. Theoretical approaches to understanding individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations
    B. Human growth and development
    C. Human behavior in the social environment
    D. Impact of crises and changes
    E. Abnormal and addictive behaviors
    F. Dynamics of abuse and neglect
15%
II. Effects of Diversity
7%
III. Assessment in Social Work Practice
    A. Social history and collateral data
    B. Use of assessment instruments
    C. Problem identification
    D. Effects of the environment on client behavior
    E. Assessment of client strengths and weaknesses
    F. Assessment of mental and behavioral disorders
    G. Indicators of abuse and neglect
    H. Indicators of danger to self and others
23%
IV. Social Work Practice with Individuals, Couples, Families, Groups, and Communities
    A. Theoretical approaches and models of practice
    B. The intervention process
    C. Components of the intervention process
    D. Matching intervention with client needs
    E. Intervention techniques
    F. Intervention with couples, families, and groups
    G. Intervention with communities
    H. Professional use of self
    I. Use of collaborative relationships in social work practice
23%
V. Interpersonal Communication
    A. Theories and principles of communication
    B. Techniques of communicating
7%
VI. Professional Social Worker/Client Relationship
    A. Relationship concepts
    B. Relationship practice
4%
VII. Professional Values and Ethics
    A. Responsibility to the client
    B. Responsibility to the profession
    C. Confidentiality
    D. Self-determination
7%
VIII. Supervision in Social Work
    A. Educational functions of supervision
    B. Administrative functions of supervision
3%
IX. Practice Evaluation and the Utilization of Research
    A. Methods of data collection
    B. Research design and data analysis
3%
X. Service Delivery
    A. Client rights and entitlements
    B. Implementation of organizational policies and procedures
7%
XI. Social Work Administration
    A. Staffing and human resource management
    B. Social work program management
3%

Intermediate Examination

Content Area Items
I. Human Development and Behavior in the Social Environment
    A. Theories and concepts
    B. Human growth and development
    C. Application of knowledge
    D. Addictions
    E. Dynamics of abuse and neglect
15%
II. Issues of Diversity
4%
III. Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning
    A. Social history and collateral data
    B. Assessment methods and techniques
    C. Assessment indicators, components, and characteristics
    D. Indicators of abuse and neglect
    E. Treatment planning
15%
IV. Direct Practice
    A. Intervention theories and methods
    B. The intervention process
    C. Intervention techniques
    D. Intervention with couples and families
    E. Intervention with groups
    F. Intervention with communities and larger systems
    G. Consultation and interdisciplinary collaboration
21%
V. Communication
    A. Communication principles
    B. Communication techniques
10%
VI. Professional Social Worker/Client Relationship
    A. Relationship concepts
    B. Social worker and client roles
    C. Ethical issues within the relationship
11%
VII. Professional Values and Ethics
    A. Professional values
    B. Legal and ethical issues
    C. Confidentiality
10%
VIII. Supervision and Administration
    A. Supervision and staff development
    B. Human resource management
    C. Finance and administration
5%
IX. Practice Evaluation and the Utilization of Research
    A. Data collection
    B. Data analysis
    C. Utilization of research
3%
X. Service Delivery
    A. Service delivery systems
    B. Obtaining services
    C. Effects of policies and procedures on service delivery
5%

Advanced Examination

Content Area Items
I. Human Development and Behavior
    A. Theories and models
    B. Human growth and development
    C. Family functioning
10%
II. Effects of Culture, Race, Ethnicity, Sexual Orientation, Gender, Age, and Disability
5%
III. Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning
    A. Social history and collateral data
    B. Use of assessment instruments
    C. Problem identification
    D. Effects of the environment on client behavior
    E. Impact of change on systems
    F. Evaluation of client strengths and weaknesses
    G. Evaluation of mental and behavioral disorders
    H. Abuse and neglect
    I. Indicators of danger to self and others
    J. General assessment issues
    K. Treatment planning
23%
IV. Direct Practice
    A. Theories
    B. Methods and processes
    C. Intervention techniques
    D. Intervention with couples and families
    E. Intervention with groups
    F. Intervention with communities
17%
V. Communication
    A. Communication principles
    B. Communication techniques
7%
VI. Relationship Issues
    A. Concepts and methods
    B. Effects of social and psychological factors
7%
VII. Professional Values and Ethics
    A. Values and ethics
    B. Confidentiality
    C. Self-determination
8%
VIII. Supervision
3%
IX. Practice Evaluation and the Utilization of Research
    A. Data collection
    B. Data analysis
    C. Utilization of research
5%
X. Service Delivery
    A. Service delivery systems and processes
    B. Effects of policies, procedures, and legislation
5%
XI. Administration
    A. Management
    B. Human resource management
    C. Financial management
5%
XII. Social Work Interface with Other Systems
    A. Interdisciplinary collaboration
    B. Social planning
7%

Clinical Examination

Content Area Items
I. Human Development and Behavior
    A. Theories of human development and behavior
    B. Human development in the life cycle
    C. Human behavior
    D. Impact of crises and changes
    E. Family functioning
    F. Addictions
    G. Abuse and neglect
17%
II. Issues of Diversity
    A. Effects of culture, race, and/or ethnicity
    B. Effects of sexual orientation and/or gender
    C. Effects of age and/or disability
5%
III. Diagnosis and Assessment
    A. Assessment
    B. Information gathering
    C. Diagnostic classifications
    D. Indicators of abuse and neglect
    E. Indicators of danger to self and others
12%
IV. Psychotherapy and Clinical Practice
    A. Intervention theories and models
    B. The intervention process
    C. Treatment planning
    D. Intervention techniques
    E. Intervention with couples and families
    F. Intervention with groups
19%
V. Communication
    A. Concepts and theories of communication
    B. Communication techniques
9%
VI. The Therapeutic Relationship
    A. Relationship theories
    B. Relationship practice
8%
VII. Professional Values and Ethics
    A. Value issues
    B. Legal and ethical issues
    C. Confidentiality
11%
VIII. Clinical Supervision, Consultation, and Staff Development
    A. Social work supervision
    B. Consultation and interdisciplinary collaboration
    C. Staff development
3%
IX. Practice Evaluation and the Utilization of Research
    A. Evaluation techniques
    B. Utilization of research
3%
X. Service Delivery
    A. Policies and procedures of service delivery
    B. Processes of service delivery
9%
XI. Clinical Practice and Management in the Organizational Setting
    A. Advocacy
    B. Finance
    C. Management and human resource issues
5%