Greensboro, NC (PRWEB) July 29, 2014
The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Megan Speciale of Albuquerque, NM, for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP). As an NBCC MFP Fellow, Ms. Speciale 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. Speciale and the 21 other doctoral-level counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Megan Speciale is a graduate of Texas State University in San Marcos and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She is a doctoral candidate in counselor education at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque where she serves as the clinic coordinator at the university’s Manzanita Counseling Center and training clinic. Ms. Speciale has worked as a professional counselor in various community settings, focusing primarily on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQQIA) populations and sexuality wellness. Her academic interests include feminist perspectives of gender and sexuality in counseling, critical counseling pedagogies, and social justice–oriented counseling research methodologies. As an NBCC MFP Fellow, Ms. Speciale has goals to develop and refine her social justice and advocacy competencies, which she will infuse into her clinical, supervisory and teaching endeavors.
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.