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3 Months

About the Course


Total Credit hours : 20

10 Months Program

Weekly Class 1 per week

Textbooks included

About This Course

Use this guide if you are seeking to refresh your knowledge or learn new facts about counseling techniques, issues and approaches prior to taking the NCE exam. The lessons contained in this guide will help you better understand human growth and development topics, abnormal development, identity and relationship development, and various counseling theories and types. Other areas covered in this course include school counseling practices, family and group counseling methods, counseling assessments, counseling research methodologies, and legal and ethical issues. You can expect to encounter all of these topics when sitting for the NCE exam.

This course was last updated in 2023.

About the Exam

Many states use the NCE to assess the abilities and knowledge level of potential counselors. Many states requires that candidates pass this exam to be eligible for counselor licensure. There are 200 multiple-choice questions on this computer-based exam, covering six domain areas. Domains cover such areas as clinical focus, treatment planning, professional practice, and counseling interventions. A total of 160 of the 200 questions are scored. A modified Angoff method is used to score the exam, so minimum NCE scores vary for each exam version. The time limit for the test is three hours and forty-five minutes.

NCE Exam Preparation & Registration

This extensive study guide provides you with the opportunity to review the main subjects you will be tested on when taking the NCE exam. The lessons comprising this course are designed to help you develop a deeper understanding of mental health counseling, counseling intake, and termination processes, building a counseling relationship, marriage and family counseling, school counseling from elementary to college, career counseling, and assessment strategies. Lessons also cover psychoanalytical theories, counseling theories and therapies, self-identity, cognitive and physical development, personality psychology, and multicultural counseling. Self-assessment quizzes at the end of each lesson help to ensure your proficiency in each topic before moving on to other material.

Chapter 1 Human Growth & Development in Psychology 

Lesson 1 - Overview of Life Span Developmental Psychology 

Lesson 2 - Continuity and Discontinuity in Development 

Lesson 3 - What Is Physical Development? - Definition and Examples Lesson 4 - What are Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Development? Lesson 5 - Human Growth and Development Theories 

Lesson 6 - Pioneers in Human Development Theory: Freud, Piaget & Jung Lesson 7 - Erikson's Stages of Psychosocial Development: Theory & Examples Lesson 8 - Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development 

Lesson 9 - The Family Life Cycle: Definition, Stages & Theory 

Lesson 10 - Adult and Older Adult Development Theories 

Ch 2. Learning & Personality Development

Ch 3. Abnormal Development in Psychology 

Ch 4. Fundamental Issues in Counseling 7% complete Ch 5. Social & Cultural Diversity in Counseling 10% complete Ch 6. Identity Theory & Development 

Ch 7. Helping Relationships in Counseling 

Ch 8. The Process of Counseling 8% complete 

Ch 9. Counseling Theories 

Ch 10. Psychoanalytic Theories 

Ch 11. Family Systems in Counseling 

Ch 12. School Counseling 

Ch 13. Overview of Group Counseling 

Ch 14. Counseling Career Development 

Ch 15. Counseling Assessments 

Ch 16. Diagnostic & Assessment Services in Counseling Ch 17. Counseling Research & Program Evaluation 

Ch 18. The History of Counseling and Psychotherapy Ch 19. Professional Counseling Orientation & Practice 22% complete Ch 20. Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling 

Ch 21. NCE Exam Flashcards 

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