The NBCC Foundation's mission is "Leveraging the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change." To improve the mental health of the underserved and never-served throughout the world, the NBCC Foundation leverages the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change. Its primary objectives are to increase the number of counselors and Mental Health Facilitators working with high-priority populations and to engage them in becoming innovators of counseling practices that benefit the underserved.

Scholarshipsfellowships, and capacity-building grants, are our primary tools for accomplishing our objectives. The Foundation’s strategy is to award scholarships to individuals pursuing careers as professional counselors who are affiliated with high-priority populations and commit to serving them after graduation. Capacity-building grants fund expansion efforts to increase mental health resources in rural and minority communities where access to mental health care is extremely limited. Scholars and Fellows participate in innovation training to expand effective practice in their communities. Use the forms below to apply to open opportunities! 

*Please note that application forms will appear below by 12:00 AM EST on the date the application opens. If no forms appear below, please check back on the open date of the application period. 

The NBCC Foundation is seeking dynamic presenters for our monthly webinar programs on (1) Innovations in Counseling: Working with Minority Populations and (2) Building Professional Excellence. These webinars enhance care for underserved minorities and provide ongoing training to NCCs and CCE credential holders in addition to Foundation scholars and fellows. These resources become part of our capacity-building plan and are archived in our webinar library available on i-counseling. 

Webinars are conducted online, and no travel commitment is required from our webinar presenters. The NBCC Foundation handles all the logistics of managing the webinar platform, advertising and promotion. All webinar presenters must hold a minimum of a master's degree in counseling or a related mental health field and must be a National Certified Counselor.

The NBCC Foundation is accepting applications for volunteer positions as application reviewers for the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE) scholarships and training awards. These awards enhance the careers of credentialed professionals by providing financial assistance to those seeking additional credentials and continuing education opportunities. 

The volunteer reviewer opportunities are open to holders of the following CCE credentials:​

  • CCE Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS)
  • Board Certified Coach (BCC)
  • Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF)
  • Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH)                                                                                      

Scholarship application reviewers must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • One of the above credentials in good standing;
  •  Certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) in good standing 
  • A master’s degree in a related field and a minimum of two years of postgraduate experience; and
  • Extensive experience working with and knowledge of one or more of the populations that the listed credential holders serve.

Volunteer reviewers review scholarship applications and rate applicants based on Board-determined criteria. Foundation staff will provide online training, and the review period will be two weeks in duration. Volunteers will conduct their reviews online.  
 

Interested applicants should submit a brief letter of interest and résumé. The letter of interest should demonstrate eligibility and availability and explain the potential candidate’s interest in being an application reviewer.
 

For more information about the Foundation and its programs, visit www.nbccf.org.
 

The NBCC Foundation is accepting letters of interest from experienced master’s-level National Certified Counselors (NCCs) for the opportunity to volunteer as mentors for the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) and NBCC Foundation scholarship program. Fellows and scholars with active mentor connections demonstrate increased success in completing master’s programs, contributing effective research, and attaining related employment and other opportunities.
 

At minimum, mentors will provide four interactions with their assigned Fellow or Scholar and make themselves available for additional inquiries based on mutual agreement with their mentee. Mentors will receive online training and orientation prior to engagement. The duration of the commitment is one year. The Foundation will match mentors and Fellows or Scholars based on interests and experience.
 

Each year, the Foundation awards fellowships and scholarships to more than 80 counseling master’s students who commit to serving the Foundation’s priority underserved populations of military communities, rural communities and minority populations or providing career development services. The fellowships and scholarships provide substantial financial awards as well as training and support services, including mentors.
 

Fellow and Scholar mentors must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Master’s degree in counseling and a minimum of two years of post-master’s experience;
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC) in good standing; and
  • Counseling experience related to serving military, minority, rural populations, career counseling, or underserved minority populations.
  • Commit to providing mentorship for a minimum of one year. 

NCCs interested in mentoring can submit their application (including a brief letter of interest and résumé). The letter of interest should demonstrate eligibility and explain the candidate’s interest in being a mentor and expected achievements and outcomes for the mentoring process.
 

For more information about the Foundation scholarship program, visit www.nbccf.org.

 

The NBCC Foundation is accepting letters of interest from experienced doctoral-level National Certified Counselors (NCCs) for the opportunity to volunteer as mentors for the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program (MFP). Fellows and scholars with active mentor connections demonstrate increased success in completing doctoral degrees and programs, contributing effective research, and attaining related employment and other opportunities.
 

At minimum, mentors will provide four interactions with their assigned Fellow and make themselves available for additional inquiries based on mutual agreement with their mentee. Mentors will receive online training and orientation prior to engagement. The duration of the commitment is one year. The Foundation will match mentors and Fellows based on interests and experience.
 

The NBCC MFP provides doctoral-level fellowships to NCCs with a demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to racially and ethnically diverse populations who are enrolled in a doctoral program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The fellowships provide substantial financial awards as well as training and support services, including mentors.
 

MFP mentors must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Doctoral degree in counseling and a minimum of two years of postdoctoral experience;
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC) in good standing;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with racially and ethnically diverse populations; and
  • Counseling experience related to providing mental health or substance abuse services to underserved minority populations.
  •  Commit to providing mentorship for a minimum of one year.  

NCCs interested in mentoring can submit their application (including a brief letter of interest and résumé). The letter of interest should demonstrate eligibility and explain the candidate’s interest in being a mentor and expected achievements and outcomes for the mentoring process.
 

For more information about the Foundation scholarship program, visit www.nbccf.org.    

The NBCC Foundation offers scholarships to increase counseling services where they are needed most. The NBCC Foundation Board of Trustees determines priority areas annually. The current priority underserved areas are military communities, rural communities, minority populations, substance abuse and career counseling and guidance.
 

Scholarship application reviewers must meet the following eligibility requirements: 

  • A master’s degree (or higher) in counseling and a minimum of two years of postgraduate experience
  • Certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) in good standing
  • Experience and knowledge with one or more of the following:

                         Career counseling and guidance

                         Substance abuse

                         Military and veteran populations

                         Rural communities

                         Underserved minority groups

                         Transition age youth

NCC volunteers will review scholarship applications and rate applicants based on Board-determined criteria. Foundation staff will provide online training, and the review periods will be two weeks in duration. All review processes will be online.
 

Interested NCCs should submit a brief letter of interest and résumé. The letter should demonstrate eligibility and availability and explain the potential candidate’s interest in being an application reviewer.
 

If you previously submitted an application to be a volunteer reviewer and were not selected to be on a review team, your application automatically rolls over and will be considered at the next selection period. You do not need to reapply.
 

For more information about the Foundation and its programs, visit www.nbccf.org.    

 
The NBCC Foundation offers fellowships to increase counseling services where they are needed most. The NBCC Foundation Board of Trustees determines priority areas annually. The current priority of under served areas are military communities, rural communities, minority populations, substance abuse and career counseling and guidance.

Fellowship application reviewers must meet the following eligibility requirements:
 

  • A master’s degree (or higher) in counseling and a minimum of two years of postgraduate experience
  • Certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) in good standing
  • Experience and knowledge with one or more of the following:

                          Career counseling and guidance
                         Substance abuse
                         Military and veteran populations
                         Rural communities
                         Underserved minority groups
                         Transition age youth


NCC volunteers will review fellowship applications and rate applicants based on Board-determined criteria. Foundation staff will provide online training, and the review periods will be two weeks in duration. All review processes will be online.

Interested NCCs should submit a brief letter of interest and résumé. The letter should demonstrate eligibility and availability and explain the potential candidate’s interest in being an application reviewer.

If you previously submitted an application to be a volunteer reviewer and were not selected to be on a review team, your application automatically rolls over and will be considered at the next selection period. You do not need to reapply.

For more information about the Foundation and its programs, visit www.nbccf.org.    



 

The NBCC Foundation (NBCCF) is accepting proposals from individuals interested in presenting at its 2021 Bridging the Gap Symposium: Eliminating Mental Health Disparities, to be held May 26–28, 2021, in the Washington, D.C., metro area. The theme for the Symposium is Making Spaces for Unseen Faces, with an emphasis on counseling skills, research, and resources that can improve, strengthen, or enrich the lives of individuals who represent minority and other underserved communities. 

We welcome applications from presenters who can provide creative and unique presentations that highlight evidence-based and promising practices or relevant research addressing ways to serve and bridge the gap for: people of color, Indigenous peoples, women, members of the military and their families, differently abled individuals, immigrants, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.  

Here are the descriptions for each category: 

  • Application of Therapeutic Principles to Social Issues – Topics that demonstrate an understanding of socially conscious issues and culturally sensitive counseling practices for minority and underserved clients.   
  • The Intersectionality of a Global Crisis and the Implications on Mental Health – Topics that demonstrate an understanding of complexities of managing mental health during a pandemic when serving minority and underserved clients.  
  • Minority Clients and Societal Institutions –  Topics that demonstrate an understanding of problems related to preventing and addressing racism, discrimination, and other social barriers to care in educational, governmental, religious, health care, occupational, and other societal institutions. Focus must be on counselor advocacy, social justice, or ethical questions as they relate to minority and underserved clients or professional counseling practices.   
  • Surviving or Thriving: Counselor Wellness in the Age of Advocacy – Counselors who are serving as advocates and facilitators of their clients’ and communities’ progress toward social justice and equity must also care for themselves and allow themselves space for rejuvenation and respite. Sessions aligned with this category will focus on research, tools, and strategies to help counselors thrive. 
  • Leadership and Advancing Advocacy – Sessions in this category will focus on the importance of counselor leadership and political engagement. Leveraging counselor strengths for positive community impact will be a key focus. 

Proposal and Policy Guidelines: 

Proposals to present must contain and convey sufficient detail to allow NBCCF’s Symposium Planning Committee to understand how the proposed presentation will contribute to the Symposium objectives. Selection is competitive, so you must submit a compelling and complete proposal. 

  • Persons presenting at the Symposium are expected to use material and language that does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, physical ability, and/or sexual orientation. 
  • If your proposal is selected, NBCCF reserves the right, with your consent, to revise presentation titles and/or edit the program summary for promotional and program materials. Please note the word/character limit as described below. NBCCF will adjust bios, titles, descriptions, and objectives that do not meet this requirement.  
  • Biography – 250 words 
  • Presentation Title  – 100 characters 
  • Description and Objectives (combined) – 250 words 
  • NBCCF follows the style guide set forth by NBCC and Affiliates, and any edits necessary to conform with these requirements will be made. 
  • NBCCF reserves the right to cancel a presentation based on noncompliance at any point. This includes, but is not limited to, failure to register for the Symposium by the due date, failure to return required documents by the due date (e.g., agreement, presentation materials, bios, photos), or failure to make presenter changes by the due date. 

No more than two proposals from one speaker will be considered. Please complete a separate application for each proposal. 

Presentation Types:
Presentations should be highly interactive, collaborative, and show the application of the outcomes of a research project or share findings on the implementation of effective, evidence-based practices. There are three presentation lengths: 90 minutes, 45 minutes, and 30 minutes. 

  • Workshop Presentation: The 90-minute presentation will be a standard workshop format consisting of a presentation and brief Q&A session. 
  • Roundtable Session: These sessions are intended to be true roundtable discussions in which 10–12 participants occupy a table in order to discuss and learn more about the topic. The framework is as follows: facilitate quick introductions, set a context for the discussion for approximately 10 minutes, and facilitate a discussion around questions that the participants have. The facilitated session will last for approximately 45 minutes. 
  • TED-Style Talk: The 30-minute presentation format will follow a TED-Style Talk format in that the presenter will share 30 minutes of content supported by high-quality visuals. The presentation is followed by 15 minutes of group discussion or a Q&A session.  

Presenter Benefits Provided by NBCCF

  • Presenters (including co-presenters) receive a complimentary Symposium registration, including admission to the pre-Symposium events, concurrent presentations, and networking events as applicable.  
  • Presenters will receive a copy of their attendees’ evaluation report summary with presentation ratings and feedback after the Symposium. 
  • NBCCF does not pay an honorarium or expenses for presenting at the Symposium, but we hope that the benefits of being a part of our programming and sharing your expertise with an emerging group of mental health counselors make the effort worthwhile for presenters. 

Call for Presenter Proposal Evaluation: 

Proposals are evaluated objectively with consideration of the following criteria: 

  • Degree to which the proposed presentation meets the Symposium/program objectives 
  • Presenter’s presentation skills and experience 
  • Desirability of the topic 
  • Clarity of learning objectives 
  • Overall clarity of proposal 

Evaluation timeline/schedule: 

  • Aug. 15–Oct. 31: Application period open.
  • Nov. 1–Dec. 1: Proposals reviewed. 
  • Dec. 15: Presenters notified if proposal has been accepted. 

Other Speaker Requirements: 

  • Acknowledge availability to speak during any time frame of the event and do not request a change to the presentation time frame assigned, if selected. 
  • Work closely with event programming department and meet all deadlines. 
  • Design and provide high-quality PowerPoint, Prezi, or other similar presentations, in electronic format, by the deadline given. 
  • Recognize that a presentation is an opportunity to share information and is not a showcase for promotion of business, practice, service, or product.  
  • Acknowledge that although this event is being planned as an in-person event, circumstances may require the event to be delivered in a virtual format. Please take this into consideration when answering the question(s) related to adapting your presentation to a virtual format. 
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