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In the third edition of Howard Rosenthal�s best-selling test preparation guide for the National Counselor Examination (NCE), students get more help than ever with an expanded section on marriage and family counseling, new material on web counseling, and updated material throughout. This resource now includes over 1,050 tutorial questions/answers and a new "Final Review a In the third edition of Howard Rosenthal�s best-selling test preparation guide for the National Counselor Examination (NCE), students get more help than ever with an expanded section on marriage and family counseling, new material on web counseling, and updated material throughout. This resource now includes over 1,050 tutorial questions/answers and a new "Final Review and Last Minute Super Review Boot Camp" section. This guide is an ideal review tool for state licensing, the NCC credential, and preparation for written and oral boards. And because the new Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE), draws from the same subject areas, the Encyclopedia is a perfect study guide for the CPCE as well. Written in a unique question/answer format, with a quick reference index, this is also an essential student reference volume for use in any counseling, social work, or human services course.


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In the third edition of Howard Rosenthal�s best-selling test preparation guide for the National Counselor Examination (NCE), students get more help than ever with an expanded section on marriage and family counseling, new material on web counseling, and updated material throughout. This resource now includes over 1,050 tutorial questions/answers and a new "Final Review a In the third edition of Howard Rosenthal�s best-selling test preparation guide for the National Counselor Examination (NCE), students get more help than ever with an expanded section on marriage and family counseling, new material on web counseling, and updated material throughout. This resource now includes over 1,050 tutorial questions/answers and a new "Final Review and Last Minute Super Review Boot Camp" section. This guide is an ideal review tool for state licensing, the NCC credential, and preparation for written and oral boards. And because the new Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE), draws from the same subject areas, the Encyclopedia is a perfect study guide for the CPCE as well. Written in a unique question/answer format, with a quick reference index, this is also an essential student reference volume for use in any counseling, social work, or human services course.

30 review for Encyclopedia of Counseling Package: Encyclopedia of Counseling: Master Review and Tutorial for the National Counselor Examination, State Counseling ... Preparation Comprehensive Examination

  1. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    I used this book to study for the National Counselor Examination in the Summer of 2009. I figured that books like this are hard to evaluate, since they're not really meant to be read. Since I passed using this book, it gets more stars than not. If you're studying for this exam, there are lots of practice questions and multiple questions on the same topic, to facilitate learning that material. There's also explanations of why each answer is wrong or right. The only section of the NCE that I hadn't I used this book to study for the National Counselor Examination in the Summer of 2009. I figured that books like this are hard to evaluate, since they're not really meant to be read. Since I passed using this book, it gets more stars than not. If you're studying for this exam, there are lots of practice questions and multiple questions on the same topic, to facilitate learning that material. There's also explanations of why each answer is wrong or right. The only section of the NCE that I hadn't had a class on in graduate school was on career counseling. Even with this book, that was my worst section. I think that I would have done better if either (a) I had such a class, (b) I read an actual book on career counseling, or (c) Rosenthal presented an overview of career counseling and major theories of it rather than simply asking questions -- I tried to make overviews in my head of the theories by piecing them together from the questions, but that apparently didn't work so well. This is the only text I used to study, I studied very casually for about two month, with a maximum of about two hours in a week up until the last week and an average much closer to one in a week. During the last week, I studied an hour a day up to the last day, and then studies six hours the night before. To brag, self chastize, and rant just a little, I was just about three standard deviations above the mean on the statistics and research methods part of the exam. Then again, I do teach those for a living. I'm disappointed in myself for missing a question in that section. Too bad they didn't tell me which one it was -- then I'd either experience the Zeigarnik effect, and never forget it, or I'd write an angry letter to the testing company about how either (a) they're wrong, or, more likely, (b) they're choices are confusing and ambiguous, thereby making the question problematic. Oh well.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Lee-Tammeus

    Well, I have to say I have never been happier to finish a book before. Closing the last page, I nearly cried. I have been carrying this book around with me for weeks, reading it in my car, at the doctor's office, waiting to pick up my kid at school. It has Starbuck's stains on it, food stains, and blood, sweat, and tears. With over 800 multiple choice questions designed to teach you not only about the right answers but the wrong answers, with explanations sometimes a page and a half in length fo Well, I have to say I have never been happier to finish a book before. Closing the last page, I nearly cried. I have been carrying this book around with me for weeks, reading it in my car, at the doctor's office, waiting to pick up my kid at school. It has Starbuck's stains on it, food stains, and blood, sweat, and tears. With over 800 multiple choice questions designed to teach you not only about the right answers but the wrong answers, with explanations sometimes a page and a half in length for EACH question, along with a synopsis of everything in a hard core chapter at the end, this book gives you an extensive birds eye view of everything from ethics to statistics to theory to assessments. My brain is full up, but I feel confident in my knowledge base now. I only wish I had had the book chapter on statistics when I was going through Quantitative Measures grad class - the way Rosenthal explains it makes much more sense than any other book I have read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I'm studying for my comprehensive exams, you see. And this book was recommended to me. I think the author tries a little too hard to be "folksy" (his word, not mine) in his approach, but overall it's a pretty effective study aid. It provides multiple choice questions, plus answers with detailed explanations. It would be HELLA more helpful if there were a collection of only the questions as an addendum, though. Because I went through it and wrote all over it and now I can't exactly go back and qu I'm studying for my comprehensive exams, you see. And this book was recommended to me. I think the author tries a little too hard to be "folksy" (his word, not mine) in his approach, but overall it's a pretty effective study aid. It provides multiple choice questions, plus answers with detailed explanations. It would be HELLA more helpful if there were a collection of only the questions as an addendum, though. Because I went through it and wrote all over it and now I can't exactly go back and quiz myself the way I want to. Maybe this is my fault? And other people know better than to do this? But I'm choosing option (c) blame others for your shortsightedness.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I passed! First try! I didn't actually make it through the entire book, but it obviously helped out! The book was very informative and didn't put me directly into a coma like most study guides/text books.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brandt

    Everyone has different methods of study when it comes to exams. Knowing that I planned to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) in November (2018), during the summer I perused the entirety of the NBCC website in search of ideas on how best to prepare. My solution was simple. I decided to pay the $34.95 and ordered a copy of the NCE preparation guide. Much to my amazement, this flimsy little guide arrived and provided little help – other than an awesome annotated bibliography – in my prep Everyone has different methods of study when it comes to exams. Knowing that I planned to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) in November (2018), during the summer I perused the entirety of the NBCC website in search of ideas on how best to prepare. My solution was simple. I decided to pay the $34.95 and ordered a copy of the NCE preparation guide. Much to my amazement, this flimsy little guide arrived and provided little help – other than an awesome annotated bibliography – in my preparations. Fortunately, I discussed my imbroglio with mentors and peers and ended up getting a copy of the Encyclopedia of Counseling. This fit – exactly – both my preferred method of study and the delivery system (reading) I was used to. Over the course of two months, I studied both the Encyclopedia of Counseling and listened to Dr. Rosenthal’s tapes simultaneously. The result? First, I would like to offer a reflection on the entire process of studying for the NCC: Well, it is done. At the end of the test, you get a printout that shows your score for each of the eight CACREP and the five counselor work areas. Additionally, you get the overall raw score. At first glance, it is hard to make any meaning out of this information. While I did not get a perfect 160 out of 160, I am fairly confident, based on my research, that I passed. After the test was over, I immediately started to reflect on both my experience of the test and my preparation methods. In consideration of my preparation methods, I realized that although I had (1) read the Encyclopedia of Counseling thoroughly; (2) taken multiple practice tests; and, (3) devoted a strict schedule to studying; nothing that I studied directly answered the questions on the actual NCE. At first, this was intimidating. I really thought that it would just be a case of memorization of test questions and then picking out the appropriate answer. However, the actual NCE had some questions that were (1) poorly phrased; (2) decision based – that is, the best possible answer of more than one right answer; and, (3) all of the areas were jumbled together. During the test, I thought about the above situation and how much stress that would put on someone. While the theory or intent of the questions were similar to those I studied, the actual wording was vastly different. Additionally, the fact that other people were present for a variety of tests (and unprepared, not having required i.d., confused about procedures, projecting their own stress onto others) could definitely have an impact on one’s own level of anxiety. Fortunately, I was able to consider the above information, at the moment, and actually, use that reflection as a way to counter any anxiety that I may have experienced. Overall, I thought that my strategy for preparation was effective. While I would have loved to be able to immediately answer every question (there were a few that I had to seriously think about before answering), I think that the process of studying, taking practice exams, reading the Encyclopedia of Counseling, and listening to the audio tapes, were effective. Nonetheless, I do think there are areas for improvement. Specifically, I think I could have (1) spent more time reading the works of the author’s mentioned in the exam (particularly the career development author’s); (2) Spent more time practicing in an environment that matched the testing environment better (to include the time, silence, and input of an extraneous variable [i.e., the other tester’s projection of anxiety]); and, (3) group study – this is the most salient point of my reflection. It seemed that people were unwilling to study as part of a group and opted to go it alone. While I see the benefit of this, I also see the need to interact with others and discuss difficult concepts, or areas, that you might not be conceptualizing correctly. I really wished I could somehow have convinced others in my cohort to study with me. Overall, I am excited to now focus on the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination I have coming up in May and try and use the above suggestions for improvement in preparing for that exam. I tend to look at aptitude testing more as a celebration of academic achievement rather than a requirement or gotcha type event. I am satisfied with my achievement, but also think that I have much to learn in the field of counseling. The types of test let me know that I am on the right track and help me focus on areas I may not have realized that I have not researched enough. For this I am grateful. This week (December 17, 2018), I received the actual scores from the exam. Not only did I pass, but I was also two standard deviations above the mean. While I cannot say that the questions were in any way the same as those in the Encyclopedia of Counseling, I can say that the method Rosenthal uses helped me to better conceptualized each question and determine the most appropriate answer. Therefore, I recommend this book for those seeking certification. Good luck to everyone and may the odds forever be in your favor!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cherene

    Easy to read, lots of good info. Seems like it was a good study guide, but I guess I won't know for sure until I get my exam results back! :)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Signe Gould newcomb

    I passed I graduated over 6 years ago and finally made it a priority to take this test. This study guide helped me in many ways. It refreshed my memory and Gave some good, simple tips I.e. read the entire question, choose the best answer. It took me 3 1/2 hours to complete the test but I know that I would not have passed without using this guide. Love that I could download it to my kindle for 3 months

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kristena

    This books serves as an excellent review for the National Counselor Exam. Probably the only one you'll need, in fact.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ace

    Awesome book for studying for the N.C.E.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    This book provides lots of easy-to-read study material for NCE/CPCE prep, but I wouldn't rely on it solely.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Georgia

    My summer has been consumed with this book and with studying for this exam. I hope that after reading this I will be prepared to pass the exam! I am looking forward to moving on to better reading for the summer.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    Great book for a solid overview. Would have liked a comprehensive test at the end of the book to take after working through the chapter sections, but even without that it was a great resource and helped me pass the NCE.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I read this book to help me study for the NCE. I read through the whole thing 1 time and it was easy to understand and extremely helpful for a review. I passed the test and would recommend it to others studying for it as well.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    The absolute best book to use to prepare for your counseling license. Rosenthal does all of the work for you and creates an amazing, useful study guide. I recommend this book to almost every person I know going into counseling or psychotherapy.

  15. 5 out of 5

    LaBeth Brewer

    Passed the NCE with this book!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kate Haas

    If you have to study for the NCE, this is a good way to do it

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Clark

    Very helpful for NCE prep. I would also encourage the audio books in the car as this book covers quite a bit of information!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dwight

    The best prep for the test! Worth the money.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Elise

    Passed my NCE exam after reading this front to back once! Thank you so much!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Chase

    I passed my exam so this gets 5 stars.

  21. 5 out of 5

    BenjaminRachel Pollock

    This was an excellent resource for preparing for the National Counselor Examination. I recommend it to anyone preparing for that and similar professional examinations.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Blake Bonkowski

    Very helpful in preparing for the NCE but essentially useless for preparing for the CPCE besides knowing what sections will be on it. This is likely not Rosenthal's fault.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carly

    I felt that the question-and-answer technique is a great way to test myself on concepts (especially keeping in mind that everything for this test is supposed to be a 'review'...), however, since many of the terms and people were NOT review for me, it was overwhelming in certain chapters to 'miss' so many questions. My strategy for a test book like this is to use a post it as a way to mark which questions I missed, so that if I were to go back through it (as I plan to do before the CPCE in March a I felt that the question-and-answer technique is a great way to test myself on concepts (especially keeping in mind that everything for this test is supposed to be a 'review'...), however, since many of the terms and people were NOT review for me, it was overwhelming in certain chapters to 'miss' so many questions. My strategy for a test book like this is to use a post it as a way to mark which questions I missed, so that if I were to go back through it (as I plan to do before the CPCE in March and the NCE in April), I can look at the questions I missed easily and I won't have written in the book to make it impossible for me to re-ask myself a question. I will say that I feel Rosenthal is a bit full of himself (I'm using this book in conjunction with his audio program and his Dictionary of Human Services) and I feel every page (or track) is a congratulations to himself about what a good program he has developed to review. Having been through the entire audio program, it's not much different from his book (although he claims it is), and the Dictionary is NOT as comprehensive as I would expect/hope. For example: he will mention a theorist or counselor in his book, and when trying to look up the theory or theorist, it will not be in his dictionary--which is frustrating. But it is a lot of information in a small space, so it is worth your time in preparing for this tests. Three weeks to go for me!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Ryburn

    the blow-by-blow of a die-hard procrastinator studying in sheer panic: 7/2- "theories of counseling and the helping relationship" 7/3- more "theories of counseling and the helping relationship" 7/4- "human growth & development," "social & cultural foundations [of counseling]," "groups," and more "theories of counseling and the helping relationship" 7/5- "lifestyle & career development," "appraisal," and "research & program development" 7/6- "professional orientation & ethics" and "counseling families the blow-by-blow of a die-hard procrastinator studying in sheer panic: 7/2- "theories of counseling and the helping relationship" 7/3- more "theories of counseling and the helping relationship" 7/4- "human growth & development," "social & cultural foundations [of counseling]," "groups," and more "theories of counseling and the helping relationship" 7/5- "lifestyle & career development," "appraisal," and "research & program development" 7/6- "professional orientation & ethics" and "counseling families, diagnosis, and advanced concepts"* 7/7- author's "final review boot camp" 7/8- 9 a.m., face the firing squad** *you know the focus is individual counseling, rather than systems-focus, when "counseling families" gets lumped in with diagnosis and "advanced concepts" in the final chapter. for the post-rogerian aca, diagnosis rates somewhere just above belly-button lint.*** not sure what it means that mft-systems theories are tagged with "advanced concepts," but we musn't ignore propinquity (thank you, festinger and schachter). ** passed!!! this book returns, gratefully, to ariel asap. *** for the record, there was precisely one (1/200) question around diagnosis on my exam, focusing on features of the eating disorder known as anorexia nervosa.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Diogenes

    Well now that the grad-level "Comps" exam is over & done with, I'd like to say this encyclopedia is a treasure trove of information (and it certainly is); however (and at least as far as the exam I just took relates), I'm going to guess that perhaps as much as 25-30% of the questions on the exam had no reference to this book that I can recall. Maybe all Comprehensive Exams, State Exams, and the NCE use similar formatting and areas of interest, but it may be safe to say that each exam could have Well now that the grad-level "Comps" exam is over & done with, I'd like to say this encyclopedia is a treasure trove of information (and it certainly is); however (and at least as far as the exam I just took relates), I'm going to guess that perhaps as much as 25-30% of the questions on the exam had no reference to this book that I can recall. Maybe all Comprehensive Exams, State Exams, and the NCE use similar formatting and areas of interest, but it may be safe to say that each exam could have a slew of unique questions not explicitly covered by Rosenthal's extensive book. My advice for would-be counselors, talk with students from last year's cohort, study early and often, and use more than one resource as a guide. Best wishes ;)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Chiarello

    This was a great review and tutor for the Natl. Counselors Exam. Dr. Howard Rosenthal narrates his own book and he's engaging, primo-pertinent, and gives plenty of mnemonic devices to help you remember the info. Also, I emailed him before and after the exam w/questions and he was kind enough to reply to both of my emails. I used the audiobook version of this bec. I'm in the car so much of the time, and just listened to it over and over. The day I took the exam, when it was done I came out to my This was a great review and tutor for the Natl. Counselors Exam. Dr. Howard Rosenthal narrates his own book and he's engaging, primo-pertinent, and gives plenty of mnemonic devices to help you remember the info. Also, I emailed him before and after the exam w/questions and he was kind enough to reply to both of my emails. I used the audiobook version of this bec. I'm in the car so much of the time, and just listened to it over and over. The day I took the exam, when it was done I came out to my car and realized I didn't have to listen to it anymore (unless I didn't pass the exam) and felt kind of bereft that I wouldn't be hearing Howard's kind, encouraging voice anymore. But with this great review/tutorial, I DID pass the exam the first time, with points to spare!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Al Datum

    This isn't really a book, but more of a study guide for those preparing for the LPC/NCE exam. It's filled with sample questions and explanations to help in preparation for these tests. As a study guide, it's very approachable and easy to use. It does not have everything needed to do well in these tests (the questions tend to be a bit more simplistic, and don't go into as much depth as is needed), but it's a good place to start. If you're finishing a Master's program in counseling and are preparin This isn't really a book, but more of a study guide for those preparing for the LPC/NCE exam. It's filled with sample questions and explanations to help in preparation for these tests. As a study guide, it's very approachable and easy to use. It does not have everything needed to do well in these tests (the questions tend to be a bit more simplistic, and don't go into as much depth as is needed), but it's a good place to start. If you're finishing a Master's program in counseling and are preparing for NCE/LPC certification, definitely pick up this book. Just don't use it without supplementing it with other material.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Yomna

    I read this book twice in the past 11 days. A great resource to prepare for the NCE. The book is divided into the different sections that appear on the NCE, and the format of the sections is multiple choice questions, along with a detailed explanation for the logic of each answer. I found this format to be helpful and easy to organise the information in my head. Also, Rosenthal has a sense of humour that made it easy to get through the most boring parts. 1050 questions in total! I took the test I read this book twice in the past 11 days. A great resource to prepare for the NCE. The book is divided into the different sections that appear on the NCE, and the format of the sections is multiple choice questions, along with a detailed explanation for the logic of each answer. I found this format to be helpful and easy to organise the information in my head. Also, Rosenthal has a sense of humour that made it easy to get through the most boring parts. 1050 questions in total! I took the test today, and passed with 37 extra points! Rosenthal's book was the only resource I used to prepare for the book, and I highly recommend it!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jodi Schiedel-Anderson

    Scored 1 standard deviation above the mean on the NCE using the Encyclopedia of Counseling. If you don't know what that means, then have no fear, you will by the end of this book, but hint: it means I passed. I used only this book to study, and on my test I recognized many of the topics covered in this book (some of which were NOT covered in my classes). I took notes along the way about the things that I was unfamiliar with, which made for a slower read through, but helped me study better and wh Scored 1 standard deviation above the mean on the NCE using the Encyclopedia of Counseling. If you don't know what that means, then have no fear, you will by the end of this book, but hint: it means I passed. I used only this book to study, and on my test I recognized many of the topics covered in this book (some of which were NOT covered in my classes). I took notes along the way about the things that I was unfamiliar with, which made for a slower read through, but helped me study better and when it was cram time, I had notes to review. This book is the winner!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Thorough, yet concise, guide to adequate preparation for the National Counselor's Examination. The content was organized in alignment with the test itself, and the content was presented in the spirit of "reviewing" what one should ostensibly already have the basic gist of, while offering useful multiple choice questions followed up by explanations why each answer did / did not fit as the "best response." Passed the NCE the first time and enjoyed using this as a comprehensive review... would defi Thorough, yet concise, guide to adequate preparation for the National Counselor's Examination. The content was organized in alignment with the test itself, and the content was presented in the spirit of "reviewing" what one should ostensibly already have the basic gist of, while offering useful multiple choice questions followed up by explanations why each answer did / did not fit as the "best response." Passed the NCE the first time and enjoyed using this as a comprehensive review... would definitely recommend.

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