Crystal Gatling Awarded Fellowship from NBCC and Affiliates

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Crystal Burwell Gatling of Raleigh, North Carolina, has been selected as an NBCC MFP Fellow.

Ms. Gatling with NBCC President and CEO Dr. Thomas Clawson

The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Crystal Burwell Gatling of Raleigh, North Carolina, for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP). As an NBCC MFP Fellow, Ms. Gatling will receive funding and training to support her education and facilitate her service to underserved minority populations.

The NBCC MFP is made possible by a grant awarded to NBCC by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in August 2012. The Foundation is contracted by NBCC to administer the NBCC MFP, as well as training and collaboration activities that will be open to all National Certified Counselors. The goal of the program is to strengthen the infrastructure that engages diverse individuals in counseling and increases the number of professional counselors providing effective, culturally competent services to underserved populations.

The NBCC MFP has distributed $20,000 education awards to Ms. Gatling and the 23 other doctoral-level counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Crystal Gatling is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University and North Carolina Central University, and is currently enrolled in the doctoral counselor education program at North Carolina State University. Ms. Gatling has worked as a resident patient assistant, contract therapist, lead outpatient clinician and private practitioner. Her goal as an NBCC MFP Fellow is to serve underserved populations with an emphasis on addiction and women’s issues. She also plans to continue her private practice and provide quality mental health services to minority children, adolescents and adults struggling with mental health and substance abuse diagnosis in residential, agency and in-home settings.

The Foundation plans to open the next NBCC MFP application period in December 2013. To learn more about the NBCC MFP and its fellows, please visit


About the NBCC Foundation
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 devoted to credentialing counselors who meet standards for the general and specialty practices of professional counseling. Currently, there are more than 52,000 National Certified Counselors in the United States and more than 50 countries.

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