(Closed) Has anyone taken the NCMHCE (licensing exam for mental health counselors)?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I’ve never heard of it. But you must be getting licensed in a different field. I’m in Social Work so our exam is LMSW and ultimately the LCSW for mental health counseling. Good luck πŸ™‚

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

Cool! You learn something everyday! Do you know anything about the test? How long? What types of questions?

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I got my MSW, so I ended up taking the LMSW licensing exam.  I’d imagine it’s pretty similar (as you said).  Smile  For the LMSW exam, there were a few main things to remember…basically do whatever one would do in an ideal situation (which means it may not be realistic to call upon your ACTUAL experience since usually that’s so far from the ethical ideal).   Also, always go with what the code of ethics says.  Because at least in social work, ethics is top priority.  (Even if it also isn’t always feasible.  Ah, gray areas).  

What I found to be most helpful before taking the exam was doing practice exams and figuring out why I got certain questions wrong, so I could figure out the themes they’re looking for.  

But, deep breaths and good night sleep are good.  And practice.  Laughing

Good luck!!!!  And out of curiosity, what area are you interested in going into?

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

@judithsr: Oh ethics… love it and hate it at the same time! I’ve also been told that every answer is ok, but what is the best answer. Or what would you do first. I can’t wait to take the test and be done with it πŸ™‚

@hilsy85: The scoring sounds interesting! You can choose as many as you like.. but be careful because we may deduct points. I’m sure once you look at the actual questions it will be easier! Practice exams are always good too. Let us know how you do! I can’t take my licensure exam until after I graduate in May. Boo.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Ive never heard of it either but good luck!!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@kperry3:  Aren’t ethics the best?  Yeah, definitely study before hand, because I think part of successfully passing the exam is knowing what the logic is behind their answers and the reasoning.  If you buy the practice tests (which may be true for you @hilsy85, hopefully!) there’s an elaborate reason for the answers and logic behind it.  And, yeah I’d say take it ASAP, before you get too tainted by the real world and forget the ideal world they set up for you in the LMSW exam.  πŸ™‚

And for what it’s worth, I don’t know anyone who didn’t pass.  So, this is good.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Could you ladies please share some more information about how to go about taking classes and such?  I work as a unit secretary at a psychiatric hospital, but my background is in medical coding/billing.  I see some MHA’s at my facility, but sometimes they deal with such dirty work.  >.> 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

The exam for the MHC is actually quite different from the LMSW or LCSW.  I am currently an LCSW.  Our exam is primarily multiple choice questions, and the practice test definitely does help to learn what they are looking for because often times there are more than 1 answer that can be appropriate for the question given a few more details.

 

My understanding of the MHC exam is it’s much more in depth.  There are those basic senario’s you spoke about, and then follow up questions, which I believe are long answer in some cases.  I know you don’t find out if you pass or fail immediately after taking it (different from LMSW/LCSW exams).  I believe the training for MHC is much more in depth clinically than the generalized training for social work.  So I find you’re often more prepared for the exam.  Your exam is much more clinically based, whereas the LMSW is no where near as clinical, though the LCSW exam is quite clinical.

 

I would definitely recommend getting some study guides, and practice tests.  Most of all feeling confident you’re ready to take the test.  Nothing is worse going into an exam doubting yourself.  I know the MHC exam requires a certain number of hours (3000 I believe) you have to obtain prior to even taking the exam; hence the need for time in the field.  I currently have an MHC intern, and feel quite confident in the course curriculum that they definitely work to prepare you for clinical work, and for your exam.

 

Good luck!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2006

I just went to the ACA conference and they talked about the exam just a little bit, but what I heard was that it was really in depth.  It’s designed to be taken after 3-5 years in the field and that even at that rate, something around 40% of people pass it the first time.

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