How to Break Down Questions Using the Helping Process


I hope you find this video helpful. When answering reasoning questions, make sure to pay attention to the phase of the helping process:

Initial: Exploration, Engagement, Assessment, Planning

Middle: Implementation, Goal Attainment

End: Termination 

When choosing your answer, make sure the answer (or the action in the answer) aligns with the helping process. ALWAYS focus on the “Here and Now”, and know who your client is. The quiz questions in the video are one of the many lesson plans in my online social work exam prep course. Join online course at

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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.


    • Congrats!! I take mines on Monday and I’m freaking out. How long did you study/ prepare for exam? Did you use her complete program or just part? Also in general what do you think was the MOST helpful to have studied. I’ve heard the diagnoses.

      • Focus on the presenting problem read carefully
        Helping relationship is very important addressing issues in the order of severity
        Start where client is and do the practice test on the program
        And each module before the test
        I studied for 3 months very heavily the last 3 weeks take the intense course webinar Sunday even though it’s the 2 nd part and missed the first part
        Go over the study tips helpful tips Chinh has posted in two parts
        I put those on large post it’s and put them on the wall
        You may feel like u r not getting any right but u know this ! Good luck

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