Mastering the National Counselor Examination and the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination

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Specifically designed to help students preparing for the National Counselor Exam (NCE) or Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE), and professional counselors preparing to take the NCE as a licensure exam, this practical guide provides numerous sample questions and four full-length practice exams—more than 1,000 questions in all—and offers pertinent information about the NCE and CPCE, including discussion of its rationale, structure, format, and scoring procedures.

What reviewers have to say:

“I think that this manuscript will be an outstanding addition in preparing those needing to take the NCE and CPCE exams….Most of the study guides that I am familiar with do not have as many questions as this manuscript has….I am pleased with the comprehensive nature of this manuscript.”

Joseph C. Ciechalski, East Carolina University

“[The book] is a solid piece of work, well done overall, highly readable, and consolidates well the massive amount of information that students have to comprehend in order to take these very important examinations.”

Bette Katsekas, University of Southern Maine

“I find this volume to be an excellent reference choice for preparing for the NCE or CPCE….For those who are studying for the NCE or CPCE I think the study guides at the end of each section are valuable.”

George R. Beals, Delta State University

“I really liked this text….I do believe that this does have a wide audience with both the student preparing for the NCE and with other uses, where a concise understanding of the curriculum is needed.”

Karla D. Carmichael, University of Alabama

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780137017508
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/15/2010
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 143,938
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Bradley T. Erford, Ph.D., LCPC, is a professor in the School Counseling Program at Loyola University Maryland. He has authored or edited more than 15 books and dozens of articles and chapters. He has
held numerous leadership positions in ACA and AACE.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to Mastering the NCE and CPCE

About Mastering the NCE and CPCE

About the National Counselor Examination (NCE)

About the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE)

Preparation Strategies for Success

Test Taking Strategies

Chapter 1: Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice

1.1 Introduction to Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice

1.2 Counseling Specializations

1.3 Professional Organizations

1.4 Ethical and Legal Issues

1.5 Key Points for Chapter 1: Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice

Chapter 2: Social and Cultural Diversity

2.1 Introduction to Social and Cultural Diversity

2.2 Key Cultural Group Categories

2.3 Social Justice Concepts

2.4 Cultural Identity Development

2.5 Counseling Racial and Ethnic Groups

2.6 Counseling Other Cultural Groups

2.7 Crisis, Trauma, and Specialized Interventions

2.8 Additional Considerations in Multicultural Counseling Practice

2.9 Key Points for Chapter 2: Social and Cultural Diversity

Chapter 3: Human Growth and Development

3.1 Foundational Issues in Human Growth and Development

3.2 The Central Nervous System

3.3 Learning Theories

3.4 Cognitive Development

3.5 Language Development

3.6 Personality Development

3.7 Moral Development

3.8 Lifespan Theories: Individual Task Development and Milestones

3.9 Family Development and Issues

3.10 Crisis, Resilience, and Wellness

3.11 Diagnosis of Mental Disorders

3.12 Key Points for Chapter 3: Human Growth and Development

Chapter 4: Lifestyle and Career Development

4.1 Introduction to Career Development

4.2 Key Concepts in Career Development

4.3 Trait and Type Career Theories

4.4 Lifespan and Developmental Career Theories

4.5 Special Focus Career Theories

4.6 Career Assessment

4.7 Labor Market and Sources of Occupational Information

4.8 Career Counseling and Interventions

4.9 Career Development Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation

4.10 Key Points for Chapter 4: Lifestyle and Career Development

Chapter 5: Helping Relationships

5.1 Introduction to Helping Relationships

5.2 Counseling Skills

5.3 Psychodynamic Theories and Interventions

5.4 Cognitive-Behavioral Theories and Interventions

5.5 Humanistic-Existential Theories and Interventions

5.6 Multicultural Theories and Interventions

5.7 Family Theories and Interventions

5.8 Other Counseling Theories and Interventions

5.9 Key Points for Chapter 5: Helping Relationships

Chapter 6: Group Work

6.1 Foundational Issues in Group Work

6.2 Types of Group Work

6.3 Group Leadership

6.4 Group Member Roles

6.5 Planning for Groups

6.6 Stages/Process of Group Work

6.7 Assessment and Evaluation in Group Work

6.8 Theoretical Approaches to Group Work

6.9 Key Points for Chapter 6: Group Work

Chapter 7: Assessment

7.1 Introduction to Assessment

7.2 Key Principles of Test Construction

7.3 Derived Scores

7.4 Assessment of Ability

7.5 Clinical Assessment

7.6 Special Issues in Assessment

7.7 Key Points for Chapter 7: Assessment

Chapter 8: Research and Program Evaluation

8.1 Introduction to Research and Program Evaluation

8.2 Key Concepts in Research and Program Evaluation

8.3 Types of Research

8.4 Quantitative Research Design

8.5 Descriptive Statistics

8.6 Inferential Statistics

8.7 Qualitative Research Design

8.8 Program Evaluation

8.9 Key Points for Chapter 8: Research and Program Evaluation




A ACA Code of Ethics

B NBCC Code of Ethics

C AMCD Multicultural Competency Standards

Practice Exams

NCE Practice Exam 1

NCE Practice Exam 2

CPCE Practice Exam 1

CPCE Practice Exam 2

Note: NCE® is a registered trademark of the National Board for Certified Counselors®, Inc. (NBCC®). National Counselor Exam™ is a trademark of the NBCC. Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination™ and CPCE™ are trademarks of the Center for Credentialing & Education™ (CCE®).

NBCC and CCE do not endorse or sponsor the services or products of any individuals, businesses, or other organizations. NBCC and CCE are not, in any way, responsible for such services or products, or the representations made concerning such services, products, or affiliations with other organizations or businesses.

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