Preparation Training for the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam (NCMHCE)

Presented and developed by Brenda Butterfield, EdD, MSW, LMHC

 One of the steps to becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor is to pass the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam (NCMHCE).  This training will provide you with the information and support you'll need to prepare for this exam; procedurally, educationally and psychologically. 

Passing the NCMHCE is a project....successful projects require planning, preparation, resources and most important of all....Confidence!  

For most attendees, this workshop is their first step in preparing for the NCMHCE.  This workshop will help you set up a realistic action plan by helping you to:

  • Understand the process
  • Assess your clinical readiness
  • Explore and gather test preparation resources
  • Assess your schedule/limitations
  • Identify a realistic test date.

Attendees will receive a variety of training materials to help them study along with the NCMHCE clinical simulation self-assessment examination published by the NBCC.  This booklet is filled with practice exam questions to help you become more familiar with the specific problem types that comprise the NCMHCE exam.  Be sure to bring your DSM 5 with you. (if you don't have one, we'll have a few for sale at a very reasonable price.)

During this training you will also be introduced to other student in the same boat you are which gives you the opportunity to find a study buddy or two if you like.

Then there is the guarantee:  If you don't pass the examination, you are eligible to take this course again for free. (just do it within a year....and bring the course materials along)

Continuing Education (CE) Information

6 CEs

Brenda S. Butterfield, EdD, MSW, LMHC

Dr. Brenda S. Butterfield is founder of Our New Experience (ONE), LLC in Redmond, WA. She has been a mental health professional for over 30 years serving children, youth, families and communities in the US and abroad. In her clinical work, Dr. Butterfield uses an integrative, whole person perspective to support development of each human’s full potential. Knowing there are many paths to peace of mind, she uses a variety of therapeutic approaches anchored in mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy and other phenomenological self-care practices all supported by scientific data as effective.

In addition to individual and group therapy, Dr. Butterfield teaches Mindful meditation classes, facilitates retreats and presents a variety of seminars and professional development trainings for mental health practitioners and other caregivers locally and nationally.    


Prior to founding Our New Experience Dr. Butterfield was an award-winning faculty member of the Psychology Department at the University of Minnesota Duluth receiving multiple awards from students, colleagues, and community organizations for teaching excellence and leadership.  She has presented at national and international conferences and was invited to serve as a Guest Lecturer teaching psychology courses at the University of Birmingham in England in 2008. 

Dr. Butterfield is an innovative teacher in part due her unique educational background with degrees and in education, psychology and social work.  The nexus of her training combined with her wide array of clinical experience in child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, and higher education in the US, England, Africa and the Middle East is likely why clients and colleagues describe her work as “inspiring, authentic and transformative.”  

Dr. Butterfield earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1989 a Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington in 1998 and a Doctorate Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota in 2014, specializing in the Psychology of Teaching and Learning.

Her professional work has always been challenging and rewarding but her greatest learning and satisfaction continues to come from being an adoptive and biological mom of two children. Lived experience has taught Dr. Butterfield about the necessity of developing an Essential-Self Care Practice by recognizing, surviving and eventually befriending mental illness in her own family. Her daily mindful practice continues to teach her how to recognize life’s challenges as invitations to develop her own full human potential.

More information about Dr. Butterfield is available at and on the Psychology Today website

Upcoming Dates and Registration

Date: Friday, September 21st, 2018
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Cost: $209.00 USD

Campus: Wong Fleming Conference Room, Redmond, WA
Map:       Directions to our campus location.
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