Melissa Deroche Awarded Fellowship from NBCC and Affiliates

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Melissa Deroche of Gramercy, LA has been selected as an NBCC MFP Fellow.

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2014 NBCC MFP Fellow

The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Melissa Deroche of Gramercy, LA, for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP). As an NBCC MFP Fellow, Ms. Deroche 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, 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 Ms. Deroche and the 21 other doctoral-level counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Melissa Deroche is a graduate of and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision from the University of New Orleans. During the past 10 years, she has practiced with ethnic minority and marginalized populations in nonprofit community-based agencies and in a state psychiatric hospital. She is a National Certified Counselor and a licensed professional counselor and licensed marriage and family therapist in both Louisiana and Arkansas. As an NBCC MFP Fellow, Ms. Deroche wants to continue to develop her knowledge and skills as a culturally competent counselor and to work more effectively with marginalized and underserved populations. Ms. Deroche has a particular interest in establishing a collaborative relationship with local agencies to develop prevention and educational programs and services that meet the multicultural and diverse needs of sexual assault and domestic violence survivors, including individuals with a wide range of disabilities. She maintains a small private practice during her graduate studies.

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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