Southeastern student awarded $5,000 Counseling Fellowship from NBCC and affiliates

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
by: Tonya Lowentritt

HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University counseling student Christianne Ricard of Baton Rouge was selected by the NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, for the group's Minority Fellowship Program-Youth.

As an NBCC MFP-Y Fellow, Ricard will receive funding and training to support her education and facilitate her service to underserved minority populations with a specific focus on transition age youth, ages 16–25.

"As a graduate student in the counseling program, Christianne has aggressively pursued the many opportunities available to her," said Professor of Counseling Mary Ballard. "Her initiatives have gained her a tremendous amount of recognition at the state and national levels, and the faculty applauds her energy and enthusiasm for the counseling profession."

The NBCC MFP will distribute $5,000 to Ricard and the 39 other master's-level counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Ricard is both a student and graduate of Southeastern, where she is pursuing a master's degree in school counseling and clinical counseling. Ricard plans to serve the minority population upon graduation. The fellowship will help her to obtain supervision for working with the minority population and will also allow her to be a part of ongoing training in order to best serve minority populations.

The NBCC MFP-Y 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-Y, 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.


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