Greensboro, NC (PRWEB) June 23, 2013
The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Kimberly P. Jenkins-Richardson of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP). As an NBCC MFP Fellow, Ms. Jenkins-Richardson 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. Jenkins-Richardson and the 23 other doctoral-level counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Kimberly Jenkins-Richardson is both a student and graduate of the University of Alabama, where she has been accepted into the counselor education and supervision program. She is also a graduate of Jacksonville State University. Ms. Jenkins-Richardson is employed by the University of Alabama Counseling Center as a staff therapist and has experience working in community mental health, and public and private substance abuse agencies. As an NBCC MFP Fellow, she hopes to help students of minority and special populations become more receptive to mental health services and diversify the counseling profession through her work as a faculty member.
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.