Because the examinations are given when the candidates are ready, NYMHCA has decided to offer examination preparation workshops in 4 different formats. Counselors can be trained individually, in small groups or in groups of up to 25 people, or in webinars.
Training for 1- 25 Counselors: $275 per person (NYMHCA Member) $350 per person (Non-Member)
We have trained presenters around the state willing to provide the workshops in all of the formats listed above. With small groups, the presenter and the counselor(s) can determine the days and times of the training. Large and small groups can be trained (in person or by webinar) at the convenience of the presenter and counselor(s) or educational program.
At the time of registration for an examination preparation workshop you will need to purchase:
NCMHCE Study Guide from the NBCC (National Board for Certified
Counselors) The order form for the guide can be found on the following page:
The guide costs $44.95. Rush orders are possible.
You need to bring the review book to the workshop along with a recent
copy of the DSM 5 . The workshop is based around the review book.
which is published by the NBCC, and can be accessed here if you have an Acrobat Reader. The
handbook provides you with an overview of the exam process from registration to taking the exam, to
NCMHCE Exam Format. The items on the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination are
designed to sample a broad range of competencies, rather than the recall of isolated facts. The items
assess clinical problem solving ability, including identifying, analyzing, diagnosis, and treating clients
through the use of effective treatment planning principles. The exam consists of ten clinical cases. Each case
is divided into 5-8 sections classified as either information gathering or decision-making. Check the review
book for examples of the above. (We suggest that you do not take a practice exam before taking the exam
prep workshop. You will gain more by taking the practice exam during the workshop.)
Workshop Agenda. The workshop is designed to assist you to approach the exam with confidence
by understanding the structure and content of the exam.
Study topics included are:
~ An overview of the test and test-taking strategies
~ Intake interviewing and assessment
~ Treatment goal setting
~ Treatment outcomes
~ Case examples
~ Ethics review
Once you have registered, the presenter will send you directions to where the workshop will be held. If you have
any special needs or require handicapped access, please let the presenter and the NYMHCA office know
The Day of the Workshop. Arrive at the workshop with: your exam review book,
a recent copy of the DSM, plenty of note-taking materials, and highlighters. Depending on the
number of people in the workshop and the schedule you and the presenter have a greed upon, you might
need to bring lunch, snacks and drinks. Please discuss this with your presenter.
If You Fail the Exam........you may take it the exam prep workshop again for free within 6 months from the time you took the first workshop. If you fail it a second time, you can take the exam prep workshop one more time for free within 6 months from the time you took the second workshop. If you register to take the workshop over
again and then do not attend, or you do not cancel your registration within 24 hours of the workshop start time,
you will forfeit the offer of the free workshop.
Our licensure regulations do not require a candidate to take the license examination at any specific time after completing their graduate education. Many counselors choose to take it immediately after graduation when their clinical education is fresh in their minds. If a counselor fails the exam they still have plenty of time to take it again before their limited permit(s) runs out.
You will need to have your education verified and approved by the State Education Department before arranging to take the licensure exam. To do that you need to submit Form 2: Certification of Professional Education and be notified of approval by mail.
Before making an appointment to take the licensure exam, you must first send in an application to the NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors). You can download an application to take the licensure exam by going to:
~ It costs $275 to take the exam
The NBCC will process your application and send it the NYS Education Department for approval. Once the approval is received by the NBCC, they will notify you with instructions on how to schedule an appointment to take the exam. Once you have taken it, the NBCC will forward your score to you and the NYS Education Department.