Greensboro, NC (PRWEB) July 22, 2014
The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Kurtis Hooks of Virginia Beach, VA, for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP). As an NBCC MFP Fellow, Mr. Hooks 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. Hooks and the 21 other doctoral-level counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Kurtis Hooks is a graduate of Point University in Atlanta, Georgia State University in Atlanta and Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. Mr. Hooks is currently pursuing a degree in counselor education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, with an emphasis in leadership. His work experiences include managing crisis teams and facilitating crisis intervention in acute and multidisciplinary settings. As an NBCC MFP Fellow, Mr. Hooks plans to enhance his advocacy efforts through refining strengths-based and empowerment approaches and effectively partnering with community stakeholders to improve access for underserved individuals.
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.