VENTAJAS℠ Seminars

Seminars specifically designed to comprehensively assist you “attack” the examination with confidence, determination, organization, and strategies required for you to improve your scores.

Seminar presentations, activities, and exercises include:

  • A comprehensive review of the most effective social work test-taking strategies.
  • A review of methods most effective in “attacking” the examination and Identifying the most effective test-taking strategy for you.
  • A review and practice on test items and techniques used to increase your ability to systematically apply knowledge relevant to each item.
  • Seminars are specifically tailored to your exam needs. (MSW or Clinical)
  • Study manuals and seminar materials are included in the seminar price.

Schedule of Events

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Frances Goddard, LCSW

After participating in a Ventajas workshop, I realized that the materials and methods I had used in my previous preparation were inadequate. I came away from my Ventajas workshop with a renewed spirit. A light had come on in my head and I was more confident, relaxed and focused. I knew I finally had the advantage I needed to pass the social work licensing exam, which I did! Since that time, life has been awesome. I have been afforded many professional opportunities to expand my knowledge, skills and passion in the field of social work. I strongly recommend Ventajas. It works!
Kevin J. Tripeaux

LCSW-BACS Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Before you take the national Social Work licensure exam, wouldn’t it be nice if you could sit down with the people who wrote the test and pick their brains?

Have you ever attended a lecture and felt as if you were lost in a sea of faces? That won’t happen at our seminars. We limit class size to a maximum of 20 people to make personal attention possible.

You will walk out confident and prepared. Information you learn will reduce any anxiety you might feel about taking the exam. You will learn how to construct and deconstruct questions (items), how to figure out the item writer’s bias and learn the strategies for dealing with a multiple choice exam.


Frances Goddard, LCSW.: Former Executive Director of the American Association of State Social Work Boards responsible for administrating the Social Work Examinations.

Organize your Seminar NOW and prepare to pass the Examination.

Seminars are limited to 20 participants.

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Frances Goddard, MSW, LCSW, BCD

Ventajas Founder Frances Byrd Goddard has immeasurable experience in social work practice; exam writing, serving on social work boards; and is a pioneer in the formation of the social work licensure. Goddard has designed superior study materials for 15 years and is lauded for the quality of her materials. She has been particularly successful in helping social workers whose experience is not in a psychiatric setting (i.e., those employed by schools, hospitals, and various community agencies).

Frances Goddard represented the state of Virginia in the formation of the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) when it met in Denver, Colorado to create a national exam. While holding the position of Executive Director of ASWB, Goddard became involved with the Board of Internal Medicine and the Federation of State Medical Boards which led her to the National Institute of Health. It was there that she analyzed how medicine was incorporating the clinical aspects of practice in testing. As President of ASWB, Goddard supervised the first administration of the social work licensing exam.

Goddard’s immense experience with licensing included a stint as the Vice-President of the Federation of Association of Regulatory Boards (FARB). In that capacity Goddard was exposed to exam programs from diverse professions such as veterinary medicine, engineering, architecture, psychology, and nursing. She worked on the exam for the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW)… a professional certification offered through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). That certification is no longer based on an exam, but Goddard continues to write sample exam items as part of her clinical study materials. In total, Goddard has worked with five licensing preparation companies.

Given her wealth of experience with exam writing, licensing boards, and the NASW, Goddard was asked to write study materials to help social workers seeking licensure. The next logical step was the development of seminars to teach her study materials.

Through Ventajas Publishing, Goddard is currently offering seminars and individual tutoring to help social workers prepare for licensing on the masters and clinical levels. Goddard has developed a trademarked Exam Instructor Program and has trained social workers across the country to teach Ventajas seminars.

Ventajas licensing prep materials include the major areas of study based on the outline and the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) developed by ASWB. The exam questions are based on the KSAs which are attached in turn to the outline which reflects tasks newly minted social workers must be able to perform the first day on the job.

Beyond writing study materials and offering seminars and individual tutoring to social work licensure candidates, Goddard remains an active therapist. She is in private practice both with Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) and general private practice.

Frances Byrd Goddard holds a baccalaureate degree with honors from Converse College and a master’s of social work (MSW) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Goddard is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW).

Goddard was recently presented with a lifetime achievement award by the Virginia Society for Clinical Social Work for her contributions to the profession of social work. This award is granted to persons recognized by the Society as having made outstanding contributions to human welfare, service to others, and the advancement of the field of Clinical Social Work.

Additionally, Goddard is a BCD recipient. The Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (BCD) is the profession’s premier advanced-generalist practice certification. It embodies the highest standards in the areas of clinical education, training, and experience.

Who better to design high quality study materials than someone who has the advantage (Ventajas) over others?

Henry Morris

Henry Morris, PhD, has a MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University as well as a Certificate in Group Psychotherapy from the Washington School of Psychotherapy and his PhD from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Morris has taught Clinical Social Work at the Master’s level and has presented programs on subjects ranging from group psychotherapy, family therapy, the nuts and bolts of private practice, as well as ethics and the use of self. He is expert in teaching the Ventajas Method of Exam Preparation.

Dr. Morris has a Private Practice in Richmond where he provides individual, couple, family and group psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults. He runs a mentoring group for young professionals and is dedicated to the preparation of young Social Workers for successful careers in our profession.

Julie Cooper Altman

Julie Cooper Altman has been a Social Worker for over 25 years working as a practitioner, researcher and teacher. She is currently Director of the MSW Program at California State University, Monterey Bay. She was previously an Associate Professor at Adelphi University School of Social Work, teaching courses across the curriculum. Julie holds a PhD. from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and an M.S.W. from the University of Michigan. She is the author of numerous publications and peer-reviewed presentations at national and international conferences and serves on a variety of editorial review boards. Prior to her current appointment, Dr. Altman held appointments at Western Michigan University, Southern Connecticut State University, Yale University, The University of Connecticut and Smith College School for Social Work. She is the fortunate recipient of two recent Fulbright Awards: one as a Scholar at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad & Tobago, and one as a Senior Specialist at Siberian State Industrial University in Novokuznetsk, Russia.

Janet L. Paulus, LCSW

Janet L. Paulus, LCSW, MSW, earned her Social Work Master’s degree from Newman University in 2011, and has been working with the Veterans Administration (Vet Center) as a Readjustment Counselor for the past four years. As a Readjustment counselor,Ms. Paulus provides therapy to Veterans and Active Duty who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in relation to combat and military sexual trauma. She also provides couples counseling, facilitates several Post Traumatic Stress Support groups, Trauma Informed/Expressive Art groups, and teaches quarterly Psychological Education classes for Self Esteem. Also,Ms. Paulus assists with bereavement counseling for family members of veterans, and performs Out Reach of services to local military facilities and counties in Colorado. Ms. Paulus has been trained in several treatment modalities; Cognitive Processing Therapy, Step Qualified in Military Sexual Trauma with Dialect Behavior Treatment components, and is Level One Certified in Creative Expressive/ Trauma Informed Art Therapy.

Ms. Paulus served twenty one years in the Air Force and is a Retired Master Sergeant who served in two combat tours; Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. She is also a Licensed Radiology and Mammography Technologist. During her years in the Air Force she trained over 100 students and staff in radiology physics, A&P, patient positioning and other related factors in this field. Additionally, Ms. Paulus taught instructional courses for students in preparation for the Radiology/Mammography National License boards.

Diane Harvey

Diane Harvey earned her MSW from the University of Chicago. As an undergraduate, she attended Howard University and completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Indiana University. Her professional background includes medical social work, independent consulting, and a 28-year career as a school social worker. Her experience consists of: providing individual and group counseling; conducting focus groups on cultural diversity; facilitating workshops on numerous topics; and serving on crisis intervention teams. As a diversity consultant her client list included, Coca-Cola, Boeing Aircraft, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance. An avid writer, this native of Gary, Indiana self-published a children’s book on grief and has written various articles for newspapers and magazines.

Ms. Harvey is active with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), School Social Workers Association of Georgia (SSWAG), Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the Atlanta Clinical Society, and the Atlanta Writers Club. She currently works for the University of Georgia in the School of Social Work. As a Ventajas facilitator, she has presented the two-day licensing prep seminar and workshops based on the book The Art of Taking a Multiple Choice Exam.

Evaluations from workshop participants consistently applaud Diane’s exciting and engaging presentation style!