J. Richelle Joe Awarded Fellowship from NBCC and Affiliates

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J. Richelle Joe of Chesterfield, Virginia, has been selected as an NBCC MFP Fellow.

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

The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected J. Richelle Joe of Chesterfield, Virginia, for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP). As an NBCC MFP Fellow, Ms. Joe 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. Joe and the 23 other doctoral-level counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. J. Richelle Joe is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Old Dominion University, and is enrolled in the counselor education and supervision program at the College of William and Mary. Over the past 15 years, Ms. Joe has served as a secondary school teacher, middle school counselor and family counselor. Through her work as an NBCC MFP Fellow, she hopes to increase her knowledge and skills related to serving disadvantaged and marginalized populations. Specifically, she is interested in exploring the ways in which counseling can benefit families impacted by HIV/AIDS and incarceration.

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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