Claudette Brown-Smythe Awarded Fellowship from NBCC and Affiliates

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Claudette A. Brown-Smythe of Syracuse, New York, has been selected as an NBCC MFP Fellow.

Ms. Brown-Smythe with NBCC President and CEO Dr. Thomas Clawson

The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Claudette A. Brown-Smythe of Syracuse, New York, for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP). As an NBCC MFP Fellow, Ms. Brown-Smythe 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. Brown-Smythe and the 23 other doctoral-level counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Claudette Brown-Smythe is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and Syracuse University, where she is enrolled in the counselor education program. Ms. Brown-Smythe has worked as a high school teacher, counselor and college lecturer. Her goal as an NBCC MFP Fellow is to provide culturally appropriate assessment, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation services that are more congruent and authentic for underserved populations. After graduation, she plans to work as a mental health counselor in a setting that focuses on serving underserved diverse populations.

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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