Greensboro, NC (PRWEB) November 27, 2013
The NBCC Foundation is pleased to announce the application period is open for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP). This program is made possible by a grant awarded to NBCC by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The NBCC Foundation has been contracted by NBCC to administer 22 counseling fellowships, as well as training and collaboration activities that will be open to all National Certified Counselors.
According to SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, many racial and ethnic groups do not have access to quality behavioral health care delivered by practitioners who truly understand the language and culture of the population they serve. This program will help ensure that the behavioral health needs of all Americans are met, regardless of language or culture, thereby reducing health disparities and improving overall community health and well-being. By strategically promoting and providing fellowships to doctoral counseling students, the NBCC MFP strengthens the infrastructure that engages diverse individuals in counseling and increases the number of professional counselors providing effective, culturally competent services to underserved populations.
Doctoral fellowships of up to $20,000 are available to 22 doctoral-level professional counselors. Core requirements for fellowship eligibility include the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential*, enrollment in a CACREP-accredited doctoral program, demonstrated knowledge of and experience with racially and ethnically diverse populations, and commitment to providing mental health and substance abuse services to underserved minority populations. The application deadline is February 28, 2014, and fellowships will be awarded in April 2014.
For more information on the NBCC MFP, please visit http://www.nbccf.org/mfp.
*Individuals who do not hold the NCC credential may apply if they can document all of the following: a full state license as a professional counselor; a passing score on the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE), the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) or an NBCC-accepted state licensure examination; and a commitment to obtain the NCC within three months if awarded a fellowship.
The NBCC Foundation is an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), based in Greensboro, North Carolina. NBCC is the nation’s premier professional certification board serving counselors who meet standards for the general and specialty practices of the profession. Currently, there are more than 52,000 National Certified Counselors in the United States and more than 50 countries.