In 2005, the National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates, Inc. (NBCC) created the NBCC Foundation to utilize philanthropy to improve the mental health and well-being of the underserved and never-served through certified professional counseling.
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.
Scholarships, fellowships, and capacity-building grants, are the Foundation’s primary tools for accomplishing these 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.
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