RECALL Questions = Freebies


Helpful study strategies #1:

Tackle the RECALL questions! I think recall questions are like freebies, if you know your materials, you can’t possibly be tricked and will get it right. So, get as many correct as possible!

  • Defense mechanisms
  • Psychotropic medications (antidepressant, mood stablizer, antipsychotic, ADHD, anti-anxiety)
  • DSM diagnoses ( mood disorders, personality disorders and conduct disorders),
  •  Attachment styles & parenting styles
  • Types of therapies (CBT, DBT, gestalt, psychodynamic, behavioral classical/operant).
  • Family system/family therapy
  •  Developmental stages: Piaget, Erickson, Freud (what’s considered normal developmental crisis/behavior that seem frustrated the caregivers/parents)
  • Group therapy stages and terms
  • Signs of abuse (when to clarify, when to notify, when to report)
  • Symptoms of substance intoxication and withdrawals.

I will update some review materials for each topics in the future on another post.

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Texas Licensed clinical social worker, Doctor of Social Work, clinical supervisor (LCSW-S), life-long learner. I grew up in Vietnam and came to the United States when I was 14. I am currently living and practicing clinical social work in Houston, Texas. My interests are maternal mental health, Asian American psychological wellness, language acquisition (English, Vietnamese), and very much in cognitive psychology. In my free time, I like to garden and do arts and crafts.


  1. Thank you so much for all your feedback. I was wondering how would I approach the questions “the best response” and the “least”. I’ve taken the exam and these are the questions I had problems with.

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