Tamia Randolph-Alvarez Awarded Fellowship from NBCC and Affiliates

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Tamia H. Randolph-Alvarez of New Orleans, Louisiana, has been selected as an NBCC MFP Fellow

Ms. Randolph-Alvarez with NBCC President and CEO Dr. Thomas Clawson

The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Tamia H. Randolph-Alvarez of New Orleans, Louisiana, for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP). As an NBCC MFP Fellow, Ms. Randolph-Alvarez 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. Randolph-Alvarez and the 23 other doctoral-level counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Tamia Randolph-Alvarez is a graduate of Xavier University and the University of New Orleans, where she is pursuing a doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision. Ms. Randolph-Alvarez has practiced as a counselor since 2004 and has worked with ethnic minority populations in community agency settings, schools and in-home environments. As an NBCC MFP Fellow, she hopes to enhance and further develop her current knowledge base in culturally competent clinical services with ethnic minority populations who struggle with mental health and substance abuse issues. Ms. Randolph-Alvarez is also in the process of developing a business model for an agency that will provide culturally competent substance abuse and mental health counseling.

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 http://www.nbccf.org/mfp.

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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