Tutoring for Licensed Professional Counselor Exam

Personalized Support for Success

Are You Worried That You May Not Pass the National Counselor’s Exam? Do You Want To Pass the Exam the First Time So You Can Get Licensed As Soon As Possible?

Passing the exam is one of the most challenging steps toward getting licensed as a counselor. Whether you are a recent graduate or have been working in the field for some time, preparing for the exam IS a big investment of time and money. You do not want to waste either.

Sorting through what to study can be daunting and time consuming and you still may end up not passing because you studied the wrong material.

Personalized tutoring in a private or group setting can make the difference between studying efficiently for the least amount of time and passing the exam or wasting a lot of valuable time and emotional energy struggling to study then failing and paying yet another examination fee.

With personalized tutoring….

– You will know exactly what material to study

– You will be able to organize the material in to chunks that you can master

– You will get your questions answered about difficult topics such as those found in appraisal and statistics

– You will maintain the momentum to study

Without tutoring, good luck. You will have a hard time studying and not have the confidence going into the exam that you can pass it on the first try.

A Systematic Approach

The Tutoring for the LPC Exam course is designed to provide a systematic approach to organizing and understanding the essential material of the exam and to help you sustain your study efforts so that you go into the exam with confidence.

You can choose to review all or any of the eight sections of the exam:

1. Human Growth and Development
2. Social and Cultural Foundations
3. Helping Relationships
4. Group Work
5. Career and Lifestyle Development
6. Appraisal
7. Research and Program Evaluation
8. Professional Orientation and Ethics

This is what you can expect to receive:
1. Recommendations about study guides
2. Downloadable information for each section that includes:
– A list of essential keywords and important concepts organized for you in ways that are readily accessible
– Flow charts and diagrams to illustrate relationships between theories and theorists
– Graphs to illustrate statistics and appraisal sections
– Sample questions with answers
3. Test-taking tips on how to approach multiple choice questions
4. Suggestions on how to memorize large quantities of information
5. Encouragement from me to stay on track with studying
6. Access to review the lesson any time because all classes will be recorded.
7. Tips on how you can take care of yourself during the 4-hour exam

Private or Small Self-Selected Groups

You have two options for the tutoring: privately or in small groups up to 8 students. If you wish to be tutored with others, ask your friends or colleagues to join you. Students who tutor in a group can benefit from hearing the quirky tricks others will use to remember the information. They also tend to feel more accountable to the studying process.

The tutoring sessions are held in my office in Westminster, Colorado or by Skpye or by phone.

If there is more than one student in the group and the tutoring will be done by phone, the calls are conducted through a telephone bridge line which is accessible throughout the USA. You pay the toll charges if you do not have a free long distance calling service. (If you are in the U.S. and use a prepaid calling card, each one-hour class will cost you approximately $1.80 in toll charges.)

Detailed Class Description
You may choose to review all eight sections or just certain ones. Each section can usually be covered in 2 hours. The exception is Section 3, Helping Relations, which I teach in two parts. If you need or more or less time for any section, I am very flexible. We will negotiate a tutoring time that works for both of us.

The following is an outline of what is covered in each section. We can review the sections in any order that works for you. You may prefer to cover the more difficult material at the beginning or the end. If you study it first you will have more time to review the information. If you prefer to leave the challenging section until closer to the exam date it may be fresher in your mind at the time of the exam.

Week 1: Human Growth and Development:
Includes: developmental theories, abnormal psychology, DSM IV

Week 2: Social and Cultural Foundations
Includes: cultural theories, principles of cultural development, legal protection

Week 3: Helping Relationships, Part I (Individual therapy)
Includes: theoretical approaches and concepts of individual counseling

Week 4: Helping Relationships, Part II (Family therapy)
Includes: theoretical approaches and concepts of family
counseling

Week 5: Group Work
Includes: kinds of groups, leadership styles, group dynamics; theoretical approaches to group work

Week 6: Career and Lifestyle Development
Includes: career theories, career counseling resources, workforce trends, career testing

Week 7: Appraisal/ Research and Program Evaluation Part I
Includes: assessments, standardization of test scores, bell curves, reliability/validity of tests, ethics of research

Week 8: Appraisal/ Research and Program Evaluation Part
Includes: research designs, confounding variables, statistical analysis, null hypothesis

Week 9:Professional Orientation and Ethics
Includes: counseling relationship, confidentiality, professional responsibility, relationships with other professionals, assessment/interpretation, supervision, research, resolving ethical issues

As of August 1, 2010, of all the students who completed their tutoring goals since I began tutoring in 2006. all have passed the exam on their first try!

If you would like to be one of them, contact me at

720-635-7943

Maggie@TutoringForLPCexam.com

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Testimonials

"When I heard about Maggie's NCE study group, I struggled with the idea of paying someone to help me do what I should be able to do myself (study). I decided to go ahead because I was really busy, and knew I'd procrastinate without someone keeping me on schedule.

Boy! Not only did I get it done before nearly everyone in my graduating class, but due to Maggie's approach, I digested the information very efficiently. I knew, after each group, exactly which pieces of the exam I needed to study and how to knock it out fast.

After the group was over, I took the exam and well exceeded the needed score. (I got 135 when all I needed was a 99!) If you still need to get this thing done, I'd suggest you give Maggie a call and get going! Aside from taking it for you, Maggie will make it as painless as possible."

Becky DeGrossa, MA
Boulder CO
Counseling Wise



“My biggest concern … was how I was going to consolidate the (NCE) material in an organized way and retain what I learned. I struggle with tests and this exam was made manageable because of the sequential, linear approach the tutoring provided. Maggie was able to explain theories and ideas in various ways, which helped cement in concepts. The tutoring increased my confidence and security in taking the test. I would not only recommend the tutoring, I would say it's a must. The most significant benefit I got was passing the NCE.”

Anne Dinwiddle, MA
Boulder CO



"Do I really need to pay someone to help me? Can’t I figure out how to do this on my own? Does this mean I’m not smart? I have a MA…can’t I figure out a study plan? Of course, I absolutely could have done this on my own. But asking for help from Maggie didn’t mean I wasn’t smart or couldn’t figure out a study plan…it meant that I wanted someone in my corner who had a more objective perspective about the whole process.

If I hadn’t signed up for tutoring I wouldn’t have signed up for the test until the last minute. If I had signed up for the test at the last minute, I wouldn’t have given myself enough time to study and prepare and probably wouldn’t have done very well.

Plus, Maggie alleviated many of my worries. I could remind myself of her confidence in me, and let go of some of my concerns. Maggie is a fabulous cheerleader! Whenever I had doubts I could turn to her and she would give me concrete reasons why I was going to pass the test. Additionally, she has the ability to break large amounts of information into small chunks. This saved me a lot of time! I absolutely would recommend tutoring. Tutoring offered my confidence and a structured study schedule to get me to the finish line.

Amy Hartman, MA
Nederland CO

Peak to Peak Counseling



"I aced the statistic questions...thanks to you!"

Molly Prout
Highland Park IL



“My biggest concern in taking the exam was whether or not I would pass. I have a lot of anxiety around test taking. The biggest benefit I received from tutoring, was the guidance and knowledge in understanding the material that was required to prepare for the exam. It was nice to have an outline of each chapter and handouts that were definitely helpful! I also enjoyed the one on one work, as that is how I learn best. I would definitely recommend Maggie to anyone out there who is planning on taking the exam. She is very insightful and knowledgeable in the different areas pertaining to the exam. It is great to have a structured way to prepare for the exam and Maggie provides that structure! ”

Erin O’Donnell
Denver CO



"The biggest benefit I got from working with Maggie was the help and instruction around the stats and research. I felt like I could finally understand it. The graphs and how she explained it was invaluable. I almost got excited about it and wanted to share it with my friends, so that they could see it too. I would recommend Maggie's tutoring to anyone who wants to pass this exam. The one on one attention helped me stay on task and focus on the specifics of each section."

Meg
Riverside, IL



"I chose to obtain a tutor for the NCE because studying on my own was not providing any major benefits. I needed someone to assist me with organizing my studying materials & facts and to provide a easier way to understand the concepts.
Maggie in one word is truly "Awesome". She made the tutoring interesting, easy to recall and understand. Our study sessions, along with the memory devices, and material truly prepared me for what to expect on the NCE. As a result of utilizing her services, I am proud to report that I passed the exam on the 1st try with flying colors! Would I recommend her services to someone seeking tutoring: absolutely yes!

Brande
Houston TX



"I PASSED my NCE exam! I was shaking when I opened the letter, but God is good. I want to thank you for tutoring me and all the suggestions on how to take the exam; it was completely helpful as I scored the highest in the concentration area of Ethics, which is what you tutored me in!!! Yippee!"

Melissa Wright,
Family Therapist
New Jersey



"...thank you for your help and work this spring regarding my anxiety over test taking. The work we did allowed me to take the exam Monday and pass with the least amount of anxiety during the test. "

N.R.



"My biggest concern was PASSING the test, the first time, and having the focus to study effectively on my own, especially since it had been four years since I graduated with my MA. Maggie helped direct me where I needed to go and having the weekly or biweekly meeting with her kicked me into gear as far as having the motivation.

The biggest benefit was passing the test the first time! And also the support to do so. Studying with a tutor gave me the structure and motivation I needed to get through material that I found uninteresting. While I am a self-starter and had purchased all of the study materials, studying with a tutor gave me the added boost I needed to get through it.

I would absolutely recommend tutoring. It's great to have the support. Maggie knew where to direct me as far as what to focus on, which also helped a lot. And yes, I have been licensed for over a year, now!! Hooray and thank you! It was well worth the price."

Linda Baird, MA, LPC
Denver and Boulder Certified Hakomi Therapist

Body Mind Integration



"Maggie’s gentleness and patience helped me to calmly approach the areas of the exam that were daunting to me and to help me to learn the material with confidence."

Merryl Rothaus, Boulder
Instructor at Naropa University



"Working with Maggie was a pleasure. She was very genuine, patient and attentive to my needs. She taught me in a way that addressed my particular learning style and increased my confidence tremendously"

Lisa Dionne, MA, RN Broomfield, CO
Psychotherapist



"Concerned that I was weak in the statistics part of the LPC exam, I met with Maggie one time and she made it clear and easy to understand. Plus, that one meeting gave me the confidence that I did know enough to take and pass the exam the first time. Well worth the time and money spent."

Christie M. Baryames, MA
Play Therapy Specialist
Longmont, CO



“Thank you so much for your tutoring. It made the biggest difference in my confidence level knowing that I was prepared. I passed the exam!”

Ashley Connolly
Therapist
Boulder CO



"The great news is that I PASSED! I had my doubts but I received the score in the mail the day before I went home for Christmas so it was a great present. Thank you for all your help! "

Kelly Glenn MA, NCC (yayaya! )
Therapist
Boulder, CO



"Maggie organizes the information very well, which makes it easier to understand. The flow chart on which statistical test to use was particularly helpful."

Avia Onwulata
Pennsylvania



"Working with Maggie was critical in helping me pass the NCE examination. The structure, support and explanation assisted me in learning the necessary content and she provided helpful tips and study techniques along the way. I am thrilled to say I passed my exam on the first try!"

Christy Clark MA
Boulder, CO

"Maggie built my confidence and helped me to understand more than just memorizing the concepts! She is a blessing and I'm sure she will bless another future LPC!"

Sarah Bodden, MA PLPC, NCC