Earnest E. Airhia Awarded Fellowship from NBCC and Affiliates

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Earnest Airhia of Metairie, LA has been selected as an NBCC MFP Fellow

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The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Earnest Airhia of Metairie, LA, for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP). As an NBCC MFP Fellow, Mr. Airhia will receive funding and training to support his education and facilitate his 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, such as webinars, that are 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 will distribute $20,000 education awards to Mr. Airhia and the 21 other doctoral-level counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Earnest Airhia is a graduate of Southern University at New Orleans and Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans and is currently enrolled in the counselor education and supervision program at Walden University in Minneapolis. Mr. Airhia has worked diligently in the field of mental health and substance abuse counseling for over 15 years, serving some of the most impoverished and medically underserved clientele in the United States. He is presently the clinical director of a substance abuse and mental health outpatient agency working with ethnic minority clients in New Orleans. Mr. Airhia is a licensed professional counselor, licensed professional counselor supervisor and licensed addiction counselor in Louisiana, and is a National Certified Counselor (NCC). As an NBCC MFP Fellow, Mr. Airhia hopes to continue his commitment to providing optimum-quality services and engaging diverse and underserved individuals in counseling, regardless of their income.

The Foundation plans to open the next NBCC MFP application period in November 2014. To learn more about the NBCC MFP and its fellows, please visit our website.


About the NBCC Foundation

The NBCC Foundation is the nonprofit 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 (NCCs) in the United States and more than 50 countries. The Foundation’s mission is to leverage the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change.

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