LMSW Test Prep Workshop



Getting a license to practice social work in New York State is critical. The Silberman School of Social Work Continuing Education offers an LMSW test-prep course focused on all aspects of the test prep process.  The exam is a standardized test, which means that there are standard ways to prepare for it — via content review, proven methods and strategies with which to approach and analyze the questions, time management skills, anxiety reduction techniques and that most important component of test preparation – practice.  Multiple-choice exams of all kinds demand mastery of skill sets.  Developing skills need concentrated practice in small increments over time.




In order to pass the LMSW exam you need to know more than the content covered on the exam.  You need to practice integrating test-taking strategies and stress reduction techniques with your theoretical and practical knowledge of social work.  The test prep course will:


  • Help you recall and review social work knowledge and skills.
  • Refine your capacity to apply test-taking strategies to the material.
  • Learn ways to recharge your mind and maintain a positive focus.
  • Provide 10 hours of practice in order to integrate the above three aspects of the test preparation process.




This course uses an experiential learning approach; that is, it teaches you the competencies you need for real-world success when taking the exam.  Students work questions in the classroom to simulate the actual test-taking experience.  Each person reads a question aloud, and the class applies strategies to analyze both the question and the possible answers.  This learning method creates an invaluable opportunity for individuals to develop hands-on experience with the exam process.  Adult learners are most motivated to learn when they see the relevance of what they are learning and have opportunities for practice and feedback.  By engaging in formal, guided learning, you will:


  • Gain knowledge of the exam process through concepts, facts and information acquired through formal learning.
  • Acquire hands-on experience of the exam process by developing test-taking skills through practice.


Synthesize and integrate knowledge and practice to create a test-taking template that supports passing the exam.



Date(s):  Mondays, 9/25, 10/2, 10/16, 10/23, and 10/30

Time:  7:00pm – 9:00pm

Course Code: SWEXLMSW

Room:  Silberman/217

Cost:  $125



About the Instructors:

Baglieri, Ashley | LCSW | CASAC

Ashley Baglieri is a licensed clinical social worker and certified alcoholism and substance abuse counselor, with experience helping people find greater happiness by working through their problems and finding healthier ways to cope.  In addition to practicing clinical social work, Ashley is passionate about mentoring and teaching others in the social work field.  Ashley excelled in her Field Instruction course at Silberman School of Social Work and received the Field Instructor of the Year Award in 2016.  Ashley spent the 2016-2017 academic year teaching abroad in Spain, and will begin providing bilingual clinical services in New York City.  Ashley obtained a Master’s of Science in Social Work at Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts at Hofstra University where she majored in Psychology and minored in community health.  Ashley believes in the importance of self-care and actively engages in activities such as dancing and spending time with loved ones.



Rawcliffe, Renee M. | LMSW

Renee M. Rawcliffe, LMSW, (Fordham University) has been practicing social work for the last 20 years, primarily in the New York City non-profit disaster response and recovery arena.  Renee currently serves as the Field Education Coordinator for a large NGO, and provides placement, clinical supervision and curriculum design to MSW students. Working for an agency that also provides long term recovery to disaster survivors, Renee is known in the sector for her responsive, engaging trainings that have been designed specifically for disaster recovery workers. Renee has provided consultation and support to numerous Voluntary Organizations responding to disasters, specifically around issues of staff training and supervision. Renee was certified in 2012 by the National Council for Behavioral Health to teach Mental Health First Aid for Youth, Adults, First Responders and the Higher Education community, and provides ongoing instruction throughout the human service sector in these modalities. Renee is an adjunct instructor at SocialWork@Simmons (Simmons College online MSW program), and teaches Social Work Practice I and II, and Advanced Clinical Practice. Renee also served as a field liaison for the College. Renee’s clinical social work practice is rooted in trauma informed care, and her broad experience in program design, and implementation, have been recognized both locally and nationally. Renee spends her free time as close to the salty sea air as possible, with her husband Jason, and daughters Julia and Rosie.



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