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Use Criticism as Fuel for Your Counseling Career
Are you discouraged from setbacks on the road toward becoming a counselor? You’re not alone. Whether it be a failed licensure exam or constructive criticism, becoming an experienced counselor can be discouraging. But, you have a choice. You can either let the setbacks keep you down, or you can transform them into fuel for success. It’s all about balance.

Lessons on Resiliency from the Special Ops
A self-image rooted in other people’s perceptions of us, or in cognitive distortions like “I’m fake” or “I’m not smart enough” can lower the resiliency and self-confidence needed during the licensure preparation process.

In this special edition of Coaches’ Corner, our in-house exam coaches have fielded 13 common questions regarding licensure preparation and test taking. Ranging from questions on dealing with burnout to the best way to approach practice tests, this video is a must for anyone preparing for a licensure exam.

Bounce Back After Exam Failure
Bouncing back after a failed exam can be difficult. What do you do after a failed attempt? Where do you begin? Why do people fail in the first place? AATBS coaches, Melissa and Jennifer, answer these questions and give tips on how to strategize for a successful next attempt in our Coaches Corner live-stream from the end of August.

Transitioning Back to the Routine of Studying for Your Licensure Exam
Depending on the shift in your schedule, you may find yourself with either more time or less time to study than you did during the summer. A successful transition back into routine takes planning, prioritizing, and consistency. Use these avenues to achieve your goal of passing your licensure exam before the holidays!

How Cognitive Distortions May Affect Your EPPP Success
Did you know that cognitive distortions could hold you back from success on the EPPP? In this video, Renee St. Jacques explains that her own negative mentality about the EPPP and the study process (including negative self-talk such as “I'm a fake,” “I'm not smart enough,” and “the EPPP is bad”) had real-world effects, hindering her ability successfully to prepare for the EPPP. Renee shares what she did to address this and how the same techniques can help you as you prepare for the psychology licensing exam.

Our exam prep coaches cover the topic of anxiety management in our weekly Facebook Live event: Coaches’ Corner.

One of the most common challenges facing people preparing for the licensing exam is how to balance studying with the other responsibilities and pressures of life. AATBS’s in-house exam consultants, Melissa and Jennifer, have talked to dozens of people who find themselves struggling with this dilemma. Earlier this month, they returned to Coaches’ Corner with a broadcast on this very subject: how to balance the responsibilities of studying with the demands of a busy life. You can watch the video at the link below.

Prepare for the NCMHCE with Techniques from the Special Forces
Mental toughness techniques used by the Special Forces can play a crucial role in successfully passing the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam (NCMHCE).

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.