Susan Branco Alvarado Awarded Fellowship from NBCC and Affiliates

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Susan Branco Alvarado of Arlington, VA has been selected as an NBCC MFP Fellow

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The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Susan Branco Alvarado of Arlington, VA, for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP). As an NBCC MFP Fellow, Ms. Alvarado 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. Alvarado and the 21 other doctoral-level counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Susan Branco Alvarado is a graduate of the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, National Capital Region. Ms. Branco Alvarado is a licensed professional counselor in the commonwealth of Virginia and is an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). She maintains an independent practice serving adoptive families, individuals and parents. She also supervises school and clinical mental health master’s students and acts as a consultant to local and national adoption agencies. As an NBCC MFP Fellow, she intends to continue her dissertation research on school counselor competence in serving transracially adopted children, advocate for the mental health needs of transracially adopted youth and adults, and pursue opportunities to teach at academic institutions.

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.

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