The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Barry University doctoral student Tina Fitts for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP). As an NBCC MFP Fellow, Fitts will receive funding and training to support her education and facilitate her service to underserved minority populations.
Fitts is currently a doctoral student in the marriage and family counseling program at Barry. Her research focuses on immigrant families and their challenges due to differences in acculturation. She hopes to extend her services to culturally diverse families, especially those new to the country.
The NBCC MFP will distribute a $20,000 educational award to Fitts and the 22 other doctoral-level counseling students selected to receive the fellowship.
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 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.
This is the third consecutive year a Barry University PhD Counseling student has been selected as an NBCC MFP Fellow. Fitts is one of two Barry doctoral students to receive the award this year.
The Foundation plans to open the next NBCC MFP application period in September 2015. To learn more about the NBCC MFP and its fellows, please visit www.nbccf.org.
To learn more about Barry University’s PhD Counseling program, visit: http://www.barry.edu/counseling-phd/.