Clinical Social Work Examination Content Outline



Content area                                                                      Percent of test


I. Human Development and Behavior in the Environment                 22%

A. Theories of human development and behavior

B. Human development in the life cycle

C. Human behavior

D. Impact of crises and changes

E. Family functioning

F. Addictions

G. Abuse and neglect


II. Issues of Diversity                                                                   6%

A. Effects of culture, race, and/or ethnicity

B. Effects of sexual orientation and/or gender

C. Effects of age and/or disability


III. Diagnosis and Assessment                                                       16%

A. Assessment

B. Information gathering

C. Diagnostic classifications

D. Indicators of abuse and neglect

E. Indicators of danger to self and others


IV. Psychotherapy and Clinical Practice                                         16%

A. Intervention theories and models

B. The intervention process

C. Treatment planning

D. Intervention techniques

E. Intervention with couples and families

F. Intervention with groups


V. Communication                                                                      8%

A. Communication principles

B. Communication techniques


VI. The Therapeutic Relationship                                                  7%

A. Relationship theories

B. Relationship practice


VII. Professional Values and Ethics                                                10%

A. Value issues

B. Legal and ethical issues

C. Confidentiality


VIII. Clinical Supervision, Consultation, and Staff Development        4%

A. Social work supervision

B. Consultation and interdisciplinary collaboration

C. Staff development


IX. Practice Evaluation and the Utilization of Research                   1%

A. Evaluation techniques

B. Utilization of research


X. Service Delivery                                                                      5%

A. Policies and procedures of service delivery

B. Processes of service delivery


XI. Clinical Practice and Management                                           5%

A. Advocacy

B. Finance

C. Management and human resource issues