Ophelia Blackwell Awarded Fellowship from NBCC and Affiliates

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Ophelia M. Blackwell of Junction City, Kansas, has been selected as an NBCC MFP Fellow.

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

The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Ophelia M. Blackwell of Junction City, Kansas, for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP). As an NBCC MFP Fellow, Ms. Blackwell 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. Blackwell and the 23 other doctoral-level counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Ophelia Blackwell is a graduate of Kansas State University and Virginia State University, and is enrolled in the counselor education and supervision program at Kansas State University. Ms. Blackwell has more than 10 years’ experience working with diverse, underserved military and rural clients. Her goal as an NBCC MFP Fellow is to increase her knowledge of effective therapeutic techniques for cross-cultural therapeutic relationships and help families adjust to the rigors of military life. After graduation, she plans to continue her work as a mental health therapist and private practitioner.

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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