Study Guides

Looking for a good old-fashioned textbook? Try Dr. Hutchinson’s Study Guide for the NCMHCE , available in a variety of formats! Please note that the study guide is non-refundable.
NCMHCE Study Guide
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Dr. Hutchinson's Study Guide for the NCMHCE is a 700-page review of the following content areas:

1. Overview of the Exam
2. Test-Taking Strategies
3. Identifying Symptoms & Stressors
4. Culture & Diversity
5. Assessment Instruments
6. Diagnosis & Treatment
7. Determining Level of Functioning
8. Abusive & Addictive Behaviors
9. Establishing the Diagnosis
10. Treatment Planning
11. Theories
12. Family Therapy
13. Group Therapy
14. Career & Lifestyle Development
15. Monitoring the Client's Progress
16. Service Coordination
17. Ethics
18. Full Length Practice Exam (10 Simulations) with Explanations

*Please note that the study guide is non-refundable.

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NCMHCE Information Gathering Study Guide
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Dr. Hutchinson's NCMHCE Information Gathering Study Guide is a 197-page review designed to help you hone your Information Gathering skills. This study guide teaches you how to ask relevant questions of your client in order to identify symptoms and problems, determine the appropriateness of certain assessment tools, assess the client's support network, determine the client's level of functioning, and evaluate progress.

This study guide also contains 10 practice simulations.

Note: these 10 simulations are different than the 10 practice simulations in the NCMHCE Decision Making Study Guide and the 10 practice simulations in the NCMHCE Study Guide.


NCMHCE Decision Making Study Guide
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Dr. Hutchinson's NCMHCE Decision Making Study Guide is a 352-page review designed to help you hone your Decision Making skills. This study guide teaches you how to make decisions that result in the best treatment of the client. You will learn techniques to assist you in determining a DSM-5 diagnosis, establishing a treatment plan, setting goals and objectives, answering theory-based questions, deciding which interventions are appropriate to use, navigating through ethical considerations, coordinating adjunct services, terminating treatment, and providing relevant referrals.

This study guide also contains 10 practice simulations.

Note: these 10 simulations are different than the 10 practice simulations in the NCMHCE Information Gathering Study Guide and the 10 practice simulations in the NCMHCE Study Guide.


DSM-5 Study Guide
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Dr. Hutchinson's DSM-5 Study Guide is a 202-page review designed to help you hone your DSM-5 Diagnostic skills. This study guide provides a review of the mental disorders, cultural concepts of distress, medical issues, and v-codes found in the DSM-5. Case examples are provided to give you an idea of how a client with a particular disorder may present in therapy.

There is also a quick reference section which outlines durations and age requirements for disorders where that information is part of diagnostic criteria.