As the Psy.D Program Chair & Director of Clinical Training at the University of LaVerne, we wanted to increase our graduates’ ability to pass the EPPP exam and better prepare them for licensure. I knew the quality of AATBS materials from my own studying for licensure as well as from the opinions of trusted colleagues at various settings. All indicated that AATBS provided the most thorough study guides of anyone on the market.
Our licensure rates have dramatically increased over the past few years. Additionally, our students’ time between graduation and taking the exam has decreased significantly. Our graduates are better prepared to take the exam and feel more confident in their ability to pass it the first time.
AATBS provided a comprehensive guide to helping us realize our goals. Additionally, their customer service has been first rate. They are easily accessible and always ready to help with any questions or problems we might need to address.
Dr. Jerry Kernes
Psy.D Program Chair & Director of Clinical Training
University of La Verne
In our efforts to support student success and after extensive research into the available options, we implemented the use of the AATBS MFT National and California exam preparation materials, practice exams and associated services. We began using the hard copy versions of the AATBS materials, including them in our curriculum. It was our belief that the published pass rate for those using the AATBS materials was evidence that they would assist us in accomplishing our goals related to student success. The initial process of ordering and delivering the materials was designed by the staff at AATBS and worked very effectively.
About two years after implementing the use of the materials, NCU moved to the electronic delivery of all course learning materials. Working with Kevin Norton at AATBS, our request for digitizing the AATBS materials was granted and so we began delivering the materials electronically to our students. This was very beneficial to our program as it provided access to these highly effective materials in a very convenient manner and supported an improvement in our delivery of all learning materials to our students across the United States and internationally.
We have also been impressed with and grateful fortheir responsiveness when issues have arisen with individual students. There have not been very many issues and most of them have been related to access to practice exams. The responsiveness has been extremely timely (always within the same day) and there solution quick and easy for students.
The true test of the effectiveness of the AATBS materials is found in the pass rate on the National or California licensure exams. Use of the AATBS materials has been an integral part of helping us maintain a first attempt pass rate among our several hundred graduates of 98%. Of course, we are pleased with this result and will continue to use AATBS materials to support the preparation of our students as clinicians and to pass the licensure exam(s) required of them.
For any program considering use of the AATBS materials to support their MFT students, I would strongly encourage you to move forward. The process of implementation was seamless and the effect on the preparation of our students has been very impressive and gratifying. You will not regret the choice to use the AATBS materials as a supplement to your curriculum.
Dr. Darren Adamson, LMFT
Chair, Department of Marriage and Family Sciences
I have served as Field Coordinator for University of South Alabama's BSW program since 2005. I created our field program as this was a newly accredited BSW program. My past position as Executive Director of Alabama Chapter of National Association of Social Workers helped me to understand that, in my state of Alabama, newly graduated BSW's and MSW's were having difficulty passing the state licensure examination. Social Workers reached out to me when I was with NASW for help with training for that exam. Many new graduates verbalized that their schools did not have any license preparation training at all in their curriculum. I found that the pass rate for Alabama for all social workers on the license exam was not very good. We were below the national average.
I decided that I wanted our BSW program at University of South Alabama to offer something that was different from other BSW programs in our state. I wanted to make sure that we offered formal structured license exam prep as part of the curriculum in our BSW program. I researched online programs and found that the program with AATBS was high quality and offered the training that I believed would be helpful to my students. We added this program to our requirements for my Senior Seminar class and I added a course fee to cover the cost of the AATBS training package for each student.
I teach in that class how to effectively prepare for the licensure exam. I teach the students about how to read the exam questions, how to look for the question and how to rule out distracters. I use the packages for classroom assignments. I have the student’s complete quizzes in each domain through the semester. I have the students increase the length of the quizzes to build their endurance. The licensure exam is 170 questions and my students often tell me that building endurance to stay on task for that 4-hour exam is a large part of the preparation that is important.
I also bring content areas from the preparation books that accompany the package to my social work faculty meetings. I encourage our faculty to address these areas of content so that the students are well prepared for the subject areas that will be on the student's licensure examinations in the future.
Our field placement agencies express to me that they look for graduates of our BSW program to hire. They state that they feel very assured that USA graduates will pass their licensure exam and that is helpful to them as employers. They like the fact that we take license preparation seriously.
I would say to any program that is considering use of these materials these things. The AATBS packages offers a full range of materials that are helpful to students and new graduates in many ways. I believe that social work curriculum often has a disconnect with the content that appears on the national licensure examination. These materials help us to prepare our coursework to provide focus on areas that will be needed for success on the licensure examination. The materials help the students to focus their energies on mastering the areas of content for their exam. The materials help them to break down their performance in each of the domains so that they can direct their study to the appropriate areas of content. The online program offers flexibility for the student in ways to guide their study. I really like that the students canuse these materials online for a full 4 months after purchase.
My students often say to me that they are grateful that my social work program provides this program to assist them. They appreciate the support and help to focus them to be in the best position possible to pass their licensure examination upon graduation. Our pass rates have reflected positively,and our department chair and dean speak positively about the success of our graduates.
Laurie Haas ACSW, LICSW, PIP
Social Work Field Instruction Coordinator
University of South Alabama