Oftentimes we’ll come at the licensing exam like we did other exams during our academic career, but the ASWB Social Work Licensing Exam is a whole other beast. We encourage taking the exam content and applying a learning process, that’s based on research, that’s going to enhance the encoding, retention, and recall of this material. If we can approach the Social Work Licensing Exam with a plan, and enhance what we can do, but let’s do it strategically. In this episode, Dr. Graham Taylor speaks with Natalie Liberman, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Natalie has been a faculty at Gerry Grossman Seminars (since 2012), and an Adjunct Faculty at Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology (since 2015). In her private practice, Natalie works with an array of clients dealing with substance abuse, trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, career and life transitions, sexual problems, social anxiety disorders, communication issues, self-esteem, and general quality of life issues. Today, we'll be focusing on Natalie's expertise as an exam prep expert and coach and talking about early career experiences and preparing for the Social Work Licensing Exam. Together Graham and Natalie discuss the emotions and mindset to starting your exam process, understanding your learning preferences so you can study smarter and ways to do this strategically, two most important skills to improve recall and retention, study options and support available to assist you through your exam journey, and finally thoughts around self-assessment in the event you do not pass the first time. The licensing exam can be challenging, but if we understand our learning style and be intentional in our preparation, you will walk into that exam feeling confident with great mastery in preparation under your belt.