The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected WKU student Brandy Heavrin of Leitchfield for the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program-Addictions Counselors (MFP-AC). As an NBCC MFP-AC Fellow, Heavrin will receive funding and training to support her education and facilitate her addictions counseling service to underserved minority transition-age youth (ages 16–25).
The NBCC MFP-AC is made possible by a grant awarded to NBCC by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in September 2014. The Foundation is contracted by NBCC to administer the NBCC MFP-AC, as well as training and collaboration activities, such as webinars, that are open to all National Certified Counselors (NCCs). The goal of the 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 NBCC MFP will distribute $11,000 to Heavrin and the other master’s-level addictions counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Heavrin, who received her bachelor’s degree from WKU in 2002, is pursuing a master’s in clinical mental health counseling. After graduation, she would like to work with underserved individuals and families with a focus on those struggling with addiction. This fellowship will allow her to network with professionals in the field as well as financially assist her with her professional goals.
The Foundation plans to open the next NBCC MFP-AC application period in September 2015. To learn more about the NBCC MFP and its fellows, visit www.nbccf.org.
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 55,000 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.