Greensboro, NC (PRWEB) August 05, 2014
The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Avis Garcia of Laramie, WY, for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP). As an NBCC MFP Fellow, Ms. Avis Garcia 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. Avis Garcia and the 21 other doctoral-level counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Avis Garcia is a graduate of and is currently enrolled in the counselor education and supervision program at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Ms. Garcia is a licensed addictions therapist and a licensed professional counselor in the state of Wyoming. Ms. Garcia has more than 11 years of experience working with diverse, underserved American-Indian clients. She is currently a graduate assistant to the University of Wyoming’s Multicultural Affairs Department where she works as a counselor and mentor to other students. Her goal as an NBCC MFP Fellow is to continue her research and to become a counselor educator. She also plans to increase knowledge of effective therapeutic techniques for American-Indian therapeutic relationships and help American-Indian youth to excel in the academic arena.
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.