Rebecca Vazquez Awarded Fellowship from NBCC and Affiliates

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Rebecca Vazquez of North Brunswick, New Jersey, has been selected as an NBCC MFP Fellow.

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

The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Rebecca Vazquez of North Brunswick, New Jersey, for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP). As an NBCC MFP Fellow, Ms. Vazquez 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. Vazquez and the 23 other doctoral-level counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Rebecca Vazquez is a graduate of Rider University and the College of New Jersey, and has been accepted to Regent University’s counselor education and supervision program. She currently works as the bilingual coordinator for Womanspace, where her work focuses on domestic and sexual violence, especially within the Spanish-speaking community. Her clinical interests include trauma, culture and faith. Her goals as an NBCC MFP Fellow include teaching collegiate-level courses on trauma, advocating for trauma-informed care, and becoming an abolitionist for human sex trafficking survivors.

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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