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DFT alumni create licensure exam prep service

Graduates of M.S. in Family Therapy program

What started as a personal study guide created by two CAHSS Family Therapy graduate students has grown into an exam prep business.

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As graduate students, Ortal Winer, M.S., and Lori Ferman, J.D., M.S., worked together on multiple group projects in their courses.

“We were the leaders of the group projects and got everything done on our own, so we worked very well together,” Winer said.

That collaborative spirit led them to create their own study guide to prepare for the National Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Licensure Exam. After graduation, Winer and Ferman studied together four days a week for four months in preparation for the exam, which has 200 multiple choice questions. Other people who saw their study guide encouraged them to build it out. Despite the usual apprehension that came with taking a major exam, Winer and Ferman both passed it - and got the exact same score.

“That just reflected to us how well we studied and worked together,” Ferman said.

After passing the licensure exam, the two began writing questions covering all the areas relating to the exam, like family therapy theories, DSM diagnoses, HIPAA compliance, and more.

“There’s so much information that you have to know, that you have to study everything,” Winer said.

Their completed product is the CrunchTime Exam Prep website, which offers worksheets, comparison charts, and practice exams. Before the website went live, Ferman and Winer sought feedback from Family Therapy Professors Tommie Boyd and Anne Rambo. Due to the exam constantly changing, the practice exams are frequently updated. Ferman and Winer also host in-person workshops and one-on-one or small group tutoring. They also attend conferences like the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) to raise awareness about CrunchTime.

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