NCE Test Prep Workshop
The NCE test preparation workshop is a lecture based review course. During this 2-day workshop, the presenter will go over an encompassing range of topics including test anxiety management, optimal study materials, recommended areas of focus and pandemic-related changes affecting the exam. Attendees will receive a copy of the presenter materials, and are encouraged to spend additional time in study preparation outside of this workshop.This comprehensive workshop is designed to help counselors approach the exam realistically and confidently by understanding the exam structure and the content it measures. Attendees are provided an overview of the exam and test-taking strategies.
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.
Workshop Location:LIVE Online (Not Recorded - Must attend LIVE)
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)
Cancellation/Refund policy on NCE Test Preps:
Registrations, cancelled before seven days prior to the workshop, can be refunded minus a $20.00 administrative fee. You can switch to another NCE Test Prep workshop for no additional fee or penalty. Workshops may be cancelled or rescheduled due to inadequate registration or other circumstances beyond our control. If IMHCA cancels a workshop due to inadequate registration, you will receive a full refund. 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 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, government regulation, 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.