Greensboro, NC (PRWEB) July 08, 2014
The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Dannette Patterson of Savannah, GA, for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP). As an NBCC MFP Fellow, Ms. Patterson 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. Patterson and the 21 other doctoral-level counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Dannette Patterson is a graduate of Webster University in Webster Groves, Missouri, and is currently seeking a doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision from the University of Argosy Atlanta Campus. Ms. Patterson is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a licensed professional counselor in both Georgia and Texas. Her previous work history includes community mental health agencies and private practice work. She currently serves the military and their family members by providing counseling services. As an NBCC MFP Fellow, Ms. Patterson’s goal will be to continue to research the implications of maternal mental illness and substance abuse on the development of adult attachment styles. Upon completion of her doctoral degree, she plans to become a counselor educator and perform research in the areas of cultural awareness, mental health and substance abuse.
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.