The PTI Group began writing and teaching with our Study Guide in 1994 to help
mental health counselors pass their licensing exams nationally. It has gone
through several revisions to stay abreast of changes in the mental health
counseling field and in the NCMHCE exam. It is now in it’s 3rd Edition, with
almost all the chapters having gone through major updates to address changes
brought about by the DSM-5.
Since we began preparing individuals for the NCMHCE, diagnosis has advanced from
DSM-III, to DSM-IV and DSM- IV TR, and now to the conceptual framework of DSM-5.
When we first began, the NCMHCE was used as a license exam in only 7 states. It
is now used in 36 states. The NCMHCE has gone from the scenario and multiple
choice format, to the clinical simulation, latent-image magic pencil format to
the now computer-based clinical simulation format. The NCMHCE content categories
have been revised and in addition to Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning,
Professional Practice and Ethics, now also include Administration, Consultation
The PTI study guide has kept up with all these changes, and adhered to our goal
of giving test-takers an organized overview of all the content domains necessary
for this challenging exam, and a realistic experience of the structure, content
and "feel" of the NCMHCE. We now also include on-line exam samples, ExamAce, that
we believe are most truly reflective of the NCMHCE.
The authors are Licensed Mental Health Counselors, with over 35 years of
experience each, as clinicians, mental health counselor educators, and mental
health counseling association board members and executives.
We also want to acknowledge and thank, the over 3500 LMHCs in Massachusetts and
other states from around the country, who have successfully used our Study Guide,
and/or taken the study course, and added their feedback and support to our
development of these materials.
Bonnie M. Bullard
Linda L. Lawless