Katherine Heimsch Awarded Fellowship from NBCC and Affiliates

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Katherine A. Heimsch of Virginia Beach, Virginia, has been selected as an NBCC MFP Fellow

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

The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Katherine A. Heimsch of Virginia Beach, Virginia, for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP). As an NBCC MFP Fellow, Ms. Heimsch 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. Heimsch and the 23 other doctoral-level counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Katherine Heimsch is a graduate of Rider University and is pursuing a doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision at Old Dominion University. A New Jersey native, Ms. Heimsch has served her community by providing mental health counseling to children, adolescents and their families, with a focus on issues of abuse and neglect, trauma, foster care and adoption. As an NBCC Minority Fellow, she plans to continue her dissertation research on children's suicidality, advocate for children's mental health needs and complete her hours for licensure as a professional counselor.

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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