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NCE Test Prep Workshops

    • September 10, 2021
    • (UTC-06:00)
    • September 11, 2021
    • (UTC-06:00)
    • 2 sessions
    • Online




    There will not be a recorded version. Live ONLY.

    NCE Workshop Format                           

    The NCE workshop is offered in a 2-day format. This is a review course. Attendees are encouraged to spend additional time in study preparation outside of this workshop. This workshop is designed to help counselors approach the exam realistically and confidently by understanding the structure of the exam and the content it attempts to measure.
    Attendees will experience an overview of the test and test-taking strategies.

    Dr. Kevin Kusy, LCPC, ACS, NCC 


    I am a native Chicagoan, as I grew up on the southwest side of Chicago. My family moved to the suburbs when I started high school, where I graduated from Lincoln-Way Community High School. For two years, I attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, as a Biology major, but realized that I had a passion for living in a large city and working more directly with people. I moved back to Chicago and transferred to the University of Illinois-Chicago where I graduated with my degree in Psychology while still taking courses in science and kinesiology. Before attending graduate school, I took a gap year and worked in what is now known as The Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory at the University of California-Irvine.

    While doing my graduate work, I worked with adults who struggled with addiction issues. However, I soon discovered my interest in working with youth clients because of their ability to develop resiliency in challenging situations. This interest prompted me to return to Northern Illinois University in 2010 to obtain my educational license to work as a school counselor. In 2011, I took a position working overseas with the dependents of active military members in two high schools. For two years, I worked in Okinawa, Japan, and Heidelberg, Germany. The students I worked with were amazing, and I learned so much about our military and the challenges that military families face. Upon returning to the United States, I took a position at Elk Grove High School, where I helped to develop their credit recovery program. This program helped students to achieve missing credits toward graduation without taking night or summer school. At the end of the school year, I decided to work with a previous colleague of mine as a Director at a tutoring company in Chicago to develop my leadership and management skills. I worked at this position until coming to IMSA in 2016.

    As a counselor, my main counseling modality is humanistic in nature. I believe in looking at people as an entire entity, rather than just looking at their past or certain current behaviors. I utilize many techniques of Motivational Interviewing, which is a client-centered technique, but also allows for people to set goals and tends to be a bit more directive than a traditional client-centered approach. I do integrate Existential techniques, which looks at meaning and understands that people have various levels of self-awareness, as well as Relational Cultural Theory, which looks to create a mutually positive relationship between counselor and client.

    Currently, I am working on developing more directive techniques, like using DBT, which helps with skills related to emotional regulation and mindfulness, and Brief Solution Focused Therapy, which allows for the developing and achieving the person’s vision of solutions to problems, to work with students at IMSA. Currently, my personal life consists of everything school related, but when I do have some free time, I enjoy exercising and traveling with my spouse. My eventual retirement goal is to live in the La Rioja region of Spain in a house that has fantastic panoramic mountain views!

    Education and Qualifications

    • Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Northern Illinois University
    • Master’s in Clinical Psychology specializing in Counseling from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology
    • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois
    • Professional Educational License in Illinois as a School Counselor
    • Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)
    • Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS)


    NCE Exam Format

    The NCE is a computerized exam, comprised of 200 multiple choice questions. Topic areas include: Human Growth and Development, Social and Cultural Foundations, Helping Relationships, Group Work, Career and Lifestyle Development, Appraisal, Research and Program Evaluation, Professional Orientation, and Ethics.



    Cancellation Policy

    Registrations, Worry free cancellation. Cancel any time prior to the training for any reason and receive a full refund.

    NCMHCE Trainings: Registrations, cancelled can be refunded minus a $50 fee. The e-book component of the workshop cannot be returned. Upon cancellation, registrants will retain the e-book.

    Workshops may be cancelled or rescheduled due to circumstances beyond our control. IMHCA is not responsible for any loss or damage as a result of substitution, alteration, or cancellation of an event. IMHCA shall assume no liability whatsoever in the event that a workshop is cancelled, rescheduled or postponed due to a fortuitous event, Act of God, unforeseen occurrences or any other event that renders performance of this conference impracticable, illegal or impossible. For purposes of this clause, a fortuitous event shall include, but not be limited to: war, fire, labor strike, extreme weather or other emergency. IMHCA will make every effort to offer a substitution event in the case IMHCA cancels because of a fortuitous event or Act of God.


I recently passed the NCE Exam, and I owe that in part to the NCE Prep Workshop that I attended.  It provides a great overview of the material offered on the test, along with a binder to refer back to and study from.  I would definitely recommend the NCE Prep Workshop for anyone looking to take the NCE.  It was great! -Valerie


IMHCA workshops and trainings provide for CEs  through Licensure with IDFPR.

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IMHCA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Counseling Education Provider. ACEP No. 6274. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. IMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.
The webinar program "Shifting Gears from Mental Health In Business" does NOT qualify for NBCC credit.

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