NBCC Minority Fellowship Program Expands

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The National Board for Certified Counselors and the NBCC Foundation are proud to announce the receipt of two new federal grants that will fund fellowships for mental health and addictions counselors-in-training.

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The NBCC Foundation has been contracted by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) to administer two new federal grants as part of Now Is the Time, the president’s plan to reduce gun violence. Through the Minority Fellowship Program-Addictions Counselors (MFP-AC), the Foundation will award 40 fellowships of up to $11,000 each to master’s-level addictions counseling students. Through the Minority Fellowship Program-Youth (MFP-Y), the Foundation will award 40 fellowships of up to $5,000 each to master’s-level mental health counseling students. The Foundation will also award its third round of Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) doctoral fellowships of up to $20,000 each to 23 mental health counseling students.

The purpose of the Minority Fellowship Program is to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health care outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the available number of culturally competent behavioral health professionals. The new grant programs will increase the number of culturally competent addiction counselors and mental health counselors available to underserved minority populations, with a specific focus on transition age youth (ages 16–25), while the doctoral program will enable fellows to provide leadership to the profession through education, research and practice benefiting vulnerable underserved consumers. The NBCC MFP will further increase system capacity by providing online and conference-based training to practicing professional counselors.

These fellowships are made possible by grants awarded to NBCC and Affiliates by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In addition to administering the fellowships, the Foundation will provide the Fellows with a sustainability package that includes access to mentors, training, supervision, and other tools to help build leadership skills and professional profiles.

The application deadline for all fellowships is November 15, 2014. Master’s fellowships will be announced in January 2015, and doctoral fellowships will be awarded in February 2015. Learn more or apply for a fellowship at http://www.nbccf.org/Programs/Scholarships.

About the NBCC Foundation

The NBCC Foundation is the philanthropic 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 56,000 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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