Greensboro, NC (PRWEB) June 17, 2013
The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected David J. Ford of Norfolk, Virginia, for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP). As an NBCC MFP Fellow, Mr. Ford 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 that will be 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 has distributed $20,000 education awards to Mr. Ford and the 23 other doctoral-level counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. David Ford is a graduate of Wake Forest University and is pursuing a doctoral degree in counselor education at Old Dominion University. His professional background includes working as a certified nursing assistant, human services technician, counselor, academic advisor and clinical supervisor. As an NBCC MFP Fellow, he plans to research how African-American Greek-lettered organizations can help African-American males get into and through college successfully. In addition, he plans to continue to mentor underserved college students, provide mental health services to diverse populations and volunteer at a community agency that services urban populations.
The Foundation plans to open the next NBCC MFP application period in December 2013. To learn more about the NBCC MFP and its fellows, please visit http://www.nbccf.org/mfp.
About the NBCC Foundation
The NBCC Foundation is an 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 in the United States and more than 50 countries.