Counseling Students Receive Funding from NBCC Foundation

Released 4/29/15

Two Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology students, Madeline Stenerson and Matthew Carbonelli, have been awarded funding through the NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Madeline Stenerson, Marquette University Master's StudentMadeline Stenerson, master’s student in clinical mental health counseling, will receive an $11,000 fellowship for the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program-Addictions Counselors (MFP-AC). The fellowship provides funding and training to support her education and facilitate her addictions counseling service to underserved minority transition-age youth (ages 16–25).

Stenersen graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls before entering Marquette’s program. Upon graduation, she intends to continue her work with underserved populations in an urban setting. Specifically, she would like to work with adult and young adult women who are involved in the criminal justice system and women who are victims of human trafficking. She would also like to continue her research regarding this population with the ultimate goals of finding an effective evidence-based practice for these often-forgotten populations and raising awareness of the specific needs of these women.

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.

Matthew Carbonelli, Marquette University Master's StudentMatthew Carbonelli, graduate of Loras College and current master’s student in Marquette’s clinical mental health counseling program, has been awarded a $5,000 2015 NBCC Foundation military scholarship, a scholarship awarded to service members, veterans and their spouses who are pursuing a counseling education and commit to serving fellow military personnel, veterans and families upon graduation.

The mission of the NBCC Foundation is to leverage the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change. The military scholarship was created in 2009 to increase access to counselors for military personnel, veterans and families suffering from a shortage of available mental health professionals. Thirty-five students from across the country applied for the five 2015 military scholarships.

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 55,000 National Certified Counselors (NCCs) 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.



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