Greensboro, NC (PRWEB) May 15, 2014
The NBCC Foundation is pleased to announce the 2014 fellowship recipients for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP). 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 minority populations. The Foundation will distribute $440,000 to the 22 NBCC MFP Fellows to support their education and facilitate their service.
The Foundation received more than 80 applications for this fellowship opportunity. The Minority Fellowship Program Advisory Council (MFPAC), chaired by Dr. Sandra Lopez-Baez, selected 22 of these applicants to receive the fellowship award. These Fellows meet the eligibility requirements of the program, including holding the National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification, being enrolled in a doctoral program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP), demonstrating knowledge of and experience with racially and ethnically diverse populations, and committing to provide mental health and substance abuse services to underserved minority populations. This second cohort of Fellows will work with Foundation staff, the MFPAC and mentors to achieve the goal of the program.
The 2014 Fellows are Earnest E. Airhia, Walden University; Susan Branco Alvarado, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; La Vera C. Brown, North Carolina State University; Shanita Brown, North Carolina State University; Kristy Christopher-Holloway, Argosy University, Atlanta; Tahani Dari, University of Toledo; Melissa Deroche, University of New Orleans; Avis Garcia, University of Wyoming; Jennifer Gess, Idaho State University; Carlos Golfetto, Duquesne University; Maria Haiyasoso, University of Texas at San Antonio; Kurtis Hooks, Old Dominion University; Shana Lewis, Sam Houston State University; Kashunda McGriff, Governors State University; Leslie Neyland, University of Toledo; Dannette Patterson, Argosy University, Atlanta; Beronica M. Salazar, Idaho State University; Megan Speciale, University of New Mexico; Stacy Speedlin, University of Texas at San Antonio; Vincent Tompkins, Walden University; Cory Viehl, Georgia State University; and George Walker, Barry University.
The NBCC MFP is made possible by a grant awarded to NBCC by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). NBCC contracted the Foundation to administer the MFP, including training and collaboration activities that are open to all NCCs. The Foundation plans to open the next NBCC MFP application period November 1, 2014. 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 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.