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Interview with Alyson Carr About the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam
Robin Phillips interviews Dr. Alyson Carr on the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam. Topics include: how to prepare for the NCMHCE, how to manage and overcome test-taking anxiety, why the counseling exam is so important, the role of the DSM-5 in the exam, what to do on test-day to increase your chances of success, and much more!

Are Social Workers Compassionate Enough?
Compassion is perhaps the driving force of those who enter the social working profession, or any helping profession for that matter. Compassion and empathy may be the reasons we put our time and emotional energy towards helping others when it could be easier to look away.

Sleep and the EPPP
Our earlier article,"Sleep and Self Care," considered evidence that a proper night’s sleep is fundamental to emotional, psychological, physical, and mental well-being. In this post I want to continue the discussion by suggesting that sleep is also fundamental to good memory.

Sleep and Self-Care
People enter the caring professions for a variety of reasons, but usually at the top of the list is the desire to help others. However, in our desire to help others it’s sometimes easy to forget that the quality of the care we can offer, and even our ability to continue offering that care, depends on remaining healthy ourselves.

Will a Therapy Pet Help Your Client?
Therapy pets have received much praise and media attention. It’s easy to assume, given their positive reputation, that therapy pets are helpful. Though most published studies report a “feel-good” effect on patients, there is little evidence or research on the long-term effects of our therapy animals.

How Practice Tests Help with EPPP Anxiety
For many of us, the EPPP is a throwback to the anxiety we felt at school when preparing for standardized tests. But unlike tests in middle school and high school that we might have spent weeks preparing to take, the EPPP is a test we spend years preparing for. For many, this is a recipe for total anxiety.

Background Music’s Affect on Productivity
Do you listen to background music when you study for your licensure exam? It could be affecting your productivity.

 What One Woman Learned From Failing the National Counseling Exam
Failing the counseling exam is an abiding fear looming over would-be counselors pursuing their Masters degree and then their internship work. There’s a reason for this fear, seeing that 40-45% of people taking the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) fail. But could failing the NCMHCE or the NCE ever be a good thing? In an article for Counseling Today, Alyson Carr shares that her experience failing the counseling exam turned out to be positive because of the lessons she learned from it

Studies on the Link Between Psychopathy and Fear
Psychopathy has traditionally been linked to a lack of emotion, specifically when it comes to fear. Psychologists weigh in.

Being the MFT that Couples and Families are Looking For
When it comes to gaining client trust in the Marriage and Family Therapy field, credibility begins with the question: what are couples and families looking for?