Licensing Exam Prep Course

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Patricia Taylor, Ph.D., LCSW, Danielle Parrish, MSW, Ph.D., Sarah Narendorf, MSW, Ph.D., Jodi Berger Cardoso, MSSW, Ph.D.

Course Description

In this revised format learn the skills necessary to take the licensing exam. Intensively review major topics with a section devoted solely to four major categories of the DSM-5. Handouts and practice tests for the LMSW, LMSW-AP and LCSW exams are included. Develop the necessary confidence to take the exam.

Dates and Times

The Licensing Exam Prep Course is offered three times a year through the Continuing Education Office at the Graduate College of Social Work. Please check the Continuing Education Course Schedule for upcoming dates and times.

Course Cost

Sign-up for both sections for $180.00 or each individual section is $100.00

Course Objectives

Part I: Participants will be able to 1) list the values and standard areas in the NASW code of ethics; 2) list the primary concepts for at least three different theories of psychosocial development; and 3) list at least three theoretical frameworks for direct social work practice with individuals, families and groups.

Part II: Participants will be able to 1) identify the diagnostic criteria for five different types of schizophrenia; 2) identify the diagnostic criteria for Bipolar I and Bipolar II mood disorders;and 3) identify the diagnostic criteria for three different types of personality disorders.

About the Instructors

Patricia Taylor, Ph.D., LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and approved Texas LCSW supervisor who has practiced in the Houston area and taught clinical courses at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work for the last 12 years. She is currently Curriculum Coordinator for the Child Welfare Education Project and adjunct faculty member at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has presented numerous workshops for the Protective Services Training Institute of Texas and presented research by invitation at professional meetings.  Dr. Taylor is also highly experienced in teaching Intermediate/Clinical Level Exam Prep.

Danielle Parrish, MSW, Ph.D.  Dr. Danielle Parrish is Associate Professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.  She began her social work career as a clinical social worker in a large public mental health system where she provided infant mental health, outpatient mental health and juvenile justice mental health services.  Dr. Parrish has a passion for bridging the research-practice gap by 1) encouraging students to become critical consumers of practice research and skilled evaluators of their practice, and 2) developing and disseminating feasible and effective prevention and behavioral health interventions that translate seamlessly to real practice settings with high-risk populations.

Sarah Narendorf, MSW, Ph.D.  Dr. Sarah Narendorf is Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and has a particular interest in the transition to young adulthood for youth with mental disorders who are involved in public systems of care.  She has investigated where, when, and what type of mental health services can most effectively support these young people as they navigate both developmental and institutional transitions.  She has taught Research and Knowledge Building in Social Work Practice and Clinical Applications of the DSM.  Her interests also include the experience of psychotropic medication treatment and racial differences in mental health service use.

Jodi Berger Cardoso, MSSW, Ph.D.  Dr. Jodi Berger Cardoso is Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.  Her research examines how exposure to trauma and psychosocial stress before, during and post-migration affects the mental health of immigrants and their children.  Her recent research examines the unique parenting stressors associated with raising children in the context of deportation risk.  Her research interests also include the development and adaptation of evidenced based approaches for the treatment of trauma and substance use with Latino immigrants.  Her research focuses on how cultural stressors, such as those associated with acculturation and minority status, contribute to a constellation of health disparities, including alcohol and drug use, risky sexual behaviors and mental health problems in the Latino community.  Dr. Cardoso has also applied a model of cultural stress to understand obesity and obesity related health behaviors in Hispanic adults.