Monday May 15, 2023

Think Like the Test 6 - Logic Problems

Logic is one of the most important test-taking skills. If you can rule out even one part of a response choice, you can rule out that entire response choice. In today's question, Carrie ties herself in knots, as many examinees do. Ben explains how to focus your attention to answer complex questions quickly and correctly. 

This question comes from the current BBS handbook for the California MFT Clinical Exam. 

A 25-year-old client initiates therapy with complaints of chronic depression and lack of motivation. The client currently lives with his grandparents, does not have any money, and is attempting to finish graduate school. He discloses that his parents had a traumatic divorce several years ago and he fears he will become like his father, who had an emotional breakdown and abused his mother. The client currently has a girlfriend who lives in another state, and he says he feels alone without her. Which of the following actions should the therapist take to assess this client?

  1. Gather family history, explore client’s strengths, identify coping mechanisms
  2. Gather family history, determine somatic symptoms, identify familial coping patterns
  3. Explore substance use, determine somatic symptoms, identify coping mechanisms
  4. Explore substance use, explore client’s strengths, identify familial coping patterns

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Intro/outro music: "Swampy Lands" by Adam Saban, licensed via Soundstripe.

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