Greensboro, NC (PRWEB) August 13, 2014
The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Shana Lewis of Houston, TX, for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP). As an NBCC MFP Fellow, Ms. Lewis 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. Lewis and the 21 other doctoral-level counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Shana Lewis is a graduate of the University of Houston and of Troy State University in Alabama and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in counselor education from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Ms. Lewis is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a licensed professional counselor and supervisor. Ms. Lewis is currently an instructor at the University of Phoenix and is the owner and clinical director of Living Well Professional Counseling Services, PLLC. Ms. Lewis has over 13 years of mental health experience in various settings, including community mental health, public schools, residential treatment facilities, psychiatric hospitals, churches and the private sector. She has a passion for helping women and adolescent girls, especially women who have been victims of intimate partner violence. As an NBCC MFP Fellow, Ms. Lewis’ goals are to empower minority women who have been victimized and to create more effective treatment for this population.
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.