Encyclopedia of Counseling: Master Review and Tutorial for the National Counselor Examination, State Counseling Exams, and the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination, 4th Edition (Paperback) book cover

Encyclopedia of Counseling

Master Review and Tutorial for the National Counselor Examination, State Counseling Exams, and the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination, 4th Edition

By Howard Rosenthal


738 pages

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With more questions and answers than any other edition, the Encyclopedia of Counseling, Fourth Edition,is stillthe only book you need to pass the NCE, CPCE, and other counseling exams. Every chapter has new and updated material and is still written in Dr. Rosenthal's lively, user-friendly style counselors know and love. The book’s new and improved coverage incorporates a range of vital topics, including social media, group work in career counseling, private practice and nonprofit work, addictions, neurocounseling, research trends, the DSM-5, the new ACA and NBCC codes of ethics, and much, much more.


"Howard Rosenthal is a gifted and humorous writer as well as a scholar's scholar who has a way of explaining complex concepts so they are understandable and easily remembered. The fourth edition of Encyclopedia of Counseling proves that and provides the reader with all the information necessary to pass the National Counselor Exam or any other test related to it. Rosenthal's book is exceptional and worth reading just for the fun of it."

Samuel T. Gladding, PhD, professor of counseling, Wake Forest University

"Dr. Rosenthal’s Encyclopedia of Counseling is an invaluable and comprehensive tool in preparing for all required counseling exams. Covering all eight areas of counselor competency, it is the only review tool one needs not only to pass the exam, but also to assure oneself that one has achieved a strong foundation on which to build one’s practice."

Kristy Cobillas, MEd, LPC, NCC, counselor, Agape Christian Counseling Services, St. Louis, Missouri

"Dr. Howard Rosenthal provides readers with the sole resource that is needed to successfully complete their licensure exams. The Encyclopedia of Counseling is written in a conversational tone that illuminates the myriad counseling concepts that will be encountered during the examination process by providing past exam questions, answers, and explanations. In my ten years of recommending this book, I have not had a single student or supervisee fail that has utilized it as suggested."

Rachelle D. Smith, PhD, LPC, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Washington University in St. Louis

"Howard Rosenthal has done it again! Another book that is enjoyable to read and right on target for the readers wanting to prepare for exams, with complete explanations of questions and answer choices. His comfortable style is perfect for those with test anxiety and includes an excellent review of information for those who have been out of school for a while."

Deanna Kinder, LPC, NCC, executive director, American Counseling Association of Missouri

Table of Contents

List of Figures Preface to the Fourth Edition: The Legend of The Purple Book Acknowledgments The National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) at a Glance The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) at a Glance Historic NBCC Announcement Could Impact Your Career 1. Study Guides: My Own Humble Beginnings 2. How to End Exam Worries 3. Human Growth and Development 4. Social and Cultural Diversity 5. Counseling and Helping Relationships 6. Group Counseling and Group Work 7. Career Development 8. Assessment and Testing 9. Research and Program Evaluation 10. Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice 11. Counseling Families, Diagnosis, Neurocounseling, and Advanced Concepts 12. Final Overview and Last-Minute Super-Review Boot Camp 13. Graphical Representations 14. Resources Index About the Author

About the Author

Howard Rosenthal, EdD, CCMHC, HS-BCP, LPC, MAC, NCC, is professor and coordinator of the human services program at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley and is the author of numerous successful publications on counseling, counselor training, test anxiety, and test preparation.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Education & Training
PSYCHOLOGY / Reference
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health