The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected two WKU graduate students for the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program-Addictions Counselors (MFP-AC).
As an NBCC MFP-AC fellows, Brittany Shantae McNear of Frankfort and Moriah Unique Corey of Louisville will receive funding and training to support their education and facilitate their addictions counseling service to underserved minority transition-age youth (ages 16–25).
The NBCC MFP will distribute up to $11,000 to McNear, Corey and the 28 other master’s-level addictions counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. McNear and Corey are master’s students in the clinical mental health counseling program at WKU.
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.
After graduation, McNear plans to work with adolescents battling with addiction. Specifically, she would like to work with individuals at-risk of exclusion from services because they have the least amount of resources available. This fellowship will allow McNear to specialize her graduate courses with an emphasis on addiction and treatment. These courses will support her training and passion for youth struggling with addictions. McNear is a graduate of the University of Louisville.
After graduation, Corey plans to work with youth struggling with addiction. She is particularly passionate about this population, as they can be more susceptible to societal struggles and triggers. This fellowship will allow Corey to specialize her graduate coursework in a way that will better prepare her to serve youth with addictions. Earning this fellowship has granted Corey the privilege of being able to attend counseling conferences, learn evidence-based practices to better serve at-risk youth, and advocate for the counseling profession. Corey is a graduate of Thomas More College in Crestview Hills.
The Foundation plans to open the next NBCC MFP-AC application period in September 2016. 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 60,000 National Certified Counselors 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.
Contact: Wendy Coe, (336) 232-0376