NBCC Visions Newsletter

NBCC Visions is our official newsletter. It is published electronically every month and delivered to all NCCs via email.

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EBCC: Building Partnerships to Expand Access in European Countries

EBCC: Building Partnerships to Expand Access in European Countries

Counseling means different things to people in other countries, and EBCC is working to help define the profession in Europe by helping its partners create and implement certification and credentialing training programs.

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Leading for Equity: American Counseling Association

Leading for Equity: American Counseling Association

Each month, we feature key leaders of the counseling profession sharing their thoughts about their organizations’ efforts to improve access to mental health care and strengthening health equity. This month we spoke with President S. Kent Butler Jr. and CEO Richard Yep of the American Counseling Association (ACA).

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NCC Spotlight

NCC Spotlight

Dr. Grata R.V. Garcia-Catipon's work as a contract counselor for the United States Department of Defense has taken her to countries around the world, where she works with military families. Her experience growing up with military family members and as a military spouse have helped her to connect with her clients.

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Bridging Gaps in Access to Mental Health Care in Malawi

Bridging Gaps in Access to Mental Health Care in Malawi

Gibozi Mphanzi, president of GCAM, and its co-founder, Diana Nyirenda, recently shared their insights about the importance of increasing access to mental health care in Malawi and what GCAM is doing to help foster health equity.

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The Mental Health Connections: Cultivating Equity Conference Has Begun!

The Mental Health Connections: Cultivating Equity Conference Has Begun!

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about counseling in a variety of international settings and initiatives to expand awareness, training, and service capacity from international and domestic speakers during this three-day virtual event.

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NBCC Department Highlight: International Capacity Building

NBCC Department Highlight: International Capacity Building

NBCC’s International Capacity Building Department has built relationships and partnerships around the world working towards advancing counseling and access to mental health resources to communities everywhere.

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Registration Open for Mental Health Connections: Cultivating Equity Virtual Conference

Registration Open for Mental Health Connections: Cultivating Equity Virtual Conference

NBCC and the NBCC Foundation will host Mental Health Connections: Cultivating Equity, an international virtual conference, Dec. 8–10. Register now to learn about the state of counseling from speakers all over the world while also earning continuing education hours.

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NBCC Simplifies CE  Process for Qualifying CSI Chapters

NBCC Simplifies CE Process for Qualifying CSI Chapters

In support of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) International, NBCC allows active CSI chapters to offer qualifying continuing education credit without applying for and maintaining Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) status separate from that of their affiliated counselor education programs.

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Help the NBCC Foundation While Shopping on AmazonSmile

Help the NBCC Foundation While Shopping on AmazonSmile

Select the NBCC Foundation through the AmazonSmile program before shopping online and .5% of your purchase price will be donated to help fund the NBCC Foundation’s annual military and rural scholarships for master’s-level counseling students. A little goes a long way.

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Counseling Confab: Haiku of Hope

Counseling Confab: Haiku of Hope

In this month’s submission to the Counseling Confab, Pamela Fullerton, LCPC, CCTP, shares her recent experience at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) conference and what she took away from it.

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Leading for Equity: Dr. Beverly Smith, AMHCA President

Leading for Equity: Dr. Beverly Smith, AMHCA President

In our new NBCC Visions column “Leading for Equity,” we hear from American Mental Health Counselors Association President Dr. Beverly Smith on her leadership efforts to advance equity and justice within the counseling profession.

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National Coming Out Day Celebrated on October 11

National Coming Out Day Celebrated on October 11

The 33rd annual National Coming Out Day was observed on Oct. 11 to support members of the LGBTQ+ community by promoting equality and civil rights and supporting their right to live openly and authentically by publicly affirming their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

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Meet Lisa Price, Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH)

Meet Lisa Price, Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH)

In 2018, Lisa Price became the second person to earn the BC-TMH credential, and the first in Virginia. Price says the BC-TMH has enabled her to virtually serve clients in her rural community who otherwise may not have access to care.

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NBCC Foundation’s Virtual Symposium a Success!

NBCC Foundation’s Virtual Symposium a Success!

The NBCC Foundation is delighted with the success of its 2021 Bridging the Gap Symposium: Eliminating Mental Health Disparities, which was held virtually Sept. 23–24. Over 400 attendees viewed presentations and engaged in discussions on topics focused on counseling skills, research, and resources.

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Introducing CCE Academy

Introducing CCE Academy

We are excited to announce that the entire library of courses from i-Counseling is now available on our new continuing education platform, CCE Academy. Our new user-friendly platform allows users to easily search and explore continuing education on a wide variety of topics.

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NCC Spotlight

NCC Spotlight

Bilingual counselor Dr. Camila Pulgar Guzmán strives to remove long-held mental health care stigmas within the Latinx community. As a Chilean immigrant, she also has a personal understanding of the challenges faced by those adjusting to new lives in the United States.

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2021 IMFP Mentoring Program

2021 IMFP Mentoring Program

Nominations for Interdisciplinary Minority Fellowship Program (IMFP) mentors are now open through Sept. 19, 2021. IMFP mentors are ethnically/racially and gender-diverse individuals who possess knowledge and expertise of other diverse populations.

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Meet Your NBCC Team

Meet Your NBCC Team

Darren Mullahey, NBCC’s Renewal Programs Manager, comes to us with years of experience in business and sales marketing and customer service, and he happens to be a decent pool player.

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NBCC Creed: Core Values and Beliefs

NBCC Creed: Core Values and Beliefs

NBCC’s Board of Directors recently met with its leadership and worked together to develop the NBCC Creed, an official statement providing a clear view of our beliefs about what we value not only as counselors, but also as an organization.

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2021 Counseling Regulatory Boards Summit: Protecting the Public. Propelling the Profession.

2021 Counseling Regulatory Boards Summit: Protecting the Public. Propelling the Profession.

NBCC and Affiliates recently held the Counseling Regulatory Boards Summit in Denver, Colorado. It provided an opportunity for state regulatory boards responsible for overseeing the licensure of counselors to come together and discuss key issues impacting all states.

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NBCC, TPC Win Eight 2021 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence

NBCC, TPC Win Eight 2021 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence

The results of the 2021 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence have been released and members of both the NBCC Communications Department and the editorial staff of The Professional Counselor (TPC) received a combined eight awards for their work!

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Affiliate Highlight: The Center for Credentialing & Education

Affiliate Highlight: The Center for Credentialing & Education

The Center for Credentialing & Education’s (CCE) mission is to advance professional excellence through credentialing, assessments, and business support services, offering credentialing to nearly 25,000 professionals globally in a variety of fields.

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NBCC Foundation Volunteers

NBCC Foundation Volunteers

Volunteers fulfill a number of important roles with the NBCC Foundation and are essential in efforts to provide so many scholarship, fellowship, and other funding opportunities. Learn how you can be a part of the Foundation's mission to leverage the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change.

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NCC Spotlight

NCC Spotlight

As a member of the LGBTQ community, Leann Romitti, NCC, MSCP, LPC, is especially passionate about providing quality care and a safe space for every client in need.

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Meet Your NBCC Team

Meet Your NBCC Team

Meet Chris Travis, our Application Specialist, and unofficial family chauffeur, who takes pride in his work reviewing submissions primarily for CACREP and regionally accredited applicants.

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Youth Have an Increased Need for Mental Health Services During Pandemic

Youth Have an Increased Need for Mental Health Services During Pandemic

As the country begins to consider returning to pre-pandemic life, the need for youth and children’s counselors is at an all-time high. NBCC continues to support counselors and provide relevant resources to better engage with underserved communities.

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NCSC Award Recipients Announced

NCSC Award Recipients Announced

NBCC is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 National Certified School Counselor Awards. This year’s awards recognize school counselors who have invested extraordinary effort to meet the needs of their schools and community.

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CCE Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) Program

CCE Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) Program

Supervision is not only a requirement for licensure; it is also a powerful tool for improvement throughout a counselor’s career. Qualifying for the CCE Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) credential helps to identify supervisors with a strong commitment to the profession of counseling.

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Join the Grassroots Movement

Join the Grassroots Movement

Grassroots advocacy means real people making their voices heard, raising awareness, and educating policymakers. As an NCC, you can offer expert advice about the counseling profession, as well as your personal insights into how lack of counselor recognition in federal programs and agencies creates a barrier to mental healthcare access.

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TPC Recognizes Outstanding Scholar Award Winners for Best Article

TPC Recognizes Outstanding Scholar Award Winners for Best Article

The Professional Counselor (TPC) recently recognized the winners of its annual scholarship awards. Join us in congratulating this year’s winners

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A Tool for Helping Survivors of Loss Walk Through Complicated Grief

A Tool for Helping Survivors of Loss Walk Through Complicated Grief

Marilyn Willis, MA, NCC, LPCC, is the author of RESTORED: A Self-Paced Grief Workbook for Your Journey From Loss to Life, and offers insight into her process for writing this book and what it offers to its readers.

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NBCC’s Mental Health Facilitator (MHF) Program

NBCC’s Mental Health Facilitator (MHF) Program

NBCC’s Mental Health Facilitator (MHF) program works to meet global mental health needs by offering trainings to people outside mental health fields in basic helping and referral skills. If you or your organization are interested in MHF training, learn more or contact us.

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Examination Sensitivity and Bias Review Committee

Examination Sensitivity and Bias Review Committee

NBCC and CCE are proud to introduce the Examination Sensitivity and Bias Review Committee, which will conduct ongoing reviews of assessments and processes to help ensure that our examinations are fair and representative.

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Forty Under 40 Honors NBCC Foundation Staff Member

Forty Under 40 Honors NBCC Foundation Staff Member

Melonie Davis, Program Manager at the NBCC Foundation, recently received a Forty Under 40 Alumni Award from the Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) Young Alumni Council.

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TPC Recognizes Annual Winner for Best Dissertation

TPC Recognizes Annual Winner for Best Dissertation

The Professional Counselor (TPC) recently recognized the winner of its Dissertation Excellence Award, Dana L. Brookover.

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Meet Your NBCC Team

Meet Your NBCC Team

Meet the wonder woman of NBCC Foundation’s Development and Communications, Tory Watkins Cherry—master multitasker and networking extraordinaire for the Foundation fellowship and scholarship recipients.

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Advocate Spotlight: Kapil Nayar

Advocate Spotlight: Kapil Nayar

Our Government Affairs Manager, Jake Jackson, talks with Kapil Nayar, whose unsafe work environment at a Pennsylvania substance use disorder treatment facility spurred him to become a significant advocate for the facility's clients and all citizens of Pennsylvania.

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This Rage Will Not Consume Me

This Rage Will Not Consume Me

J. Richelle Joe, PhD, NCC, ACS, provides insight on her experiences as a Black woman and counselor educator, especially in relation to racial tensions, and how they have impacted her students, clients, and herself.

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Counseling Confab - Katerina Sorrell

Counseling Confab - Katerina Sorrell

School counselor Katerina Sorrell, MA, NCC, PPSC, LPCC, created a district-wide counseling report, which offers resources, words of encouragement, and some fun for good measure. See her unique newsletter for the Saddleback Valley Unified School District.

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CACREP Accreditation Application Announcement

CACREP Accreditation Application Announcement

The NBCC grant program for regionally accredited institutions seeking first-time accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs is accepting applications until April 17, 2021.

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NCSC Highlight

NCSC Highlight

In honor of last week’s National School Counselor Week, hear from National Certified School Counselors Dr. Sommer Guerin and Carla Rawls, from a successful program in Mississippi, about how they have utilized the school’s resources to support their students and community.

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Affiliate Highlight: NBCC Foundation

Affiliate Highlight: NBCC Foundation

The NBCC Foundation continues to provide quality support and resources for NCCs through offerings of scholarships, fellowships, capacity-building initiatives, the annual Symposium, and webinars.

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Meet Your NBCC Team

Meet Your NBCC Team

Meet N’Kae Harris, a staff favorite known for her style, wit, and of course her role in ensuring that the employees of NBCC and Affiliates get paid.

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Addressing Current Events

Addressing Current Events

We recognize that our country is in turmoil, and we appreciate the continued dedication of counselors everywhere to addressing the many challenges that face our community. Read about our continued commitment to your work and to addressing the larger issues permeating our society.

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As State Legislatures Get Underway, Several Trends Could Affect the Profession

As State Legislatures Get Underway, Several Trends Could Affect the Profession

With no shortage of legislative items to address, NBCC’s Government & Legislative Affairs team is tracking many trends that could impact the counseling profession at the state level.

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Mental Health Connections Conference Recap

Mental Health Connections Conference Recap

NBCC takes pride in successfully bringing together mental health practitioners and educators from across the globe to learn from one another at the International Capacity Building Department's first conference, Mental Health Connections: Counseling Across the Globe.

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Giving Tuesday Donations Support NBCC Foundation Initiatives Year-Round

Giving Tuesday Donations Support NBCC Foundation Initiatives Year-Round

The NBCC Foundation would like to thank everyone who participated in the Giving Tuesday campaign this year. Your dedication to bridging the gap in access to quality mental health services is what makes their mission possible.

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Meet Your NBCC Team

Meet Your NBCC Team

Read about Donna Kozlowski, NBCC's Executive Assistant to the VP of Credentialing & Quality Assurance, and her varied background working with celebrities, attending over 200 professional football games, and making her way to NBCC.

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A Message From Our President and CEO

A Message From Our President and CEO

President and CEO of NBCC and Affiliates Kylie Dotson-Blake details a year of challenges, innovation, and success. Even in the midst of moving staff to remote work, testing sites closing, and the need for board certified counselors increasing, NBCC has worked tirelessly to provide much needed resources and looks forward to continuing that in 2021.

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Medicare: At the Crossroads of Research, Advocacy, and Policy

Medicare: At the Crossroads of Research, Advocacy, and Policy

NBCC’s Government Affairs Manager, Jake Jackson, interviews Medicare legislation expert Dr. Matthew Fullen, who pursues improving the relationship between the counseling profession and older adults.

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MHA Bridging the Gap Summit Is a Success

MHA Bridging the Gap Summit Is a Success

The NBCC Foundation celebrates a successful Bridging the Gap Virtual Summit, presented by Mental Health Academy. Over 2,250 registrants helped the Foundation raise more than $71,000, which funds mental health resources for underserved communities around the world.

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Meet Your NBCC Team

Meet Your NBCC Team

Meet Lisa Gagliano, Executive Assistant to the VP of the Foundation and Professional Services Division, who finds working in a family-like atmosphere to be motivating and meaningful.

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The New York Times Publishes Article on Medicare, Mental Health, and Licensed Professional Counselors

The New York Times Publishes Article on Medicare, Mental Health, and Licensed Professional Counselors

An article recently published in The New York Times has brought national attention to the lack of resources in mental health for older adults in the United States. With mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists not being covered by Medicare, hundreds of thousands of older Americans are without affordable providers.

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Registration Opens for Virtual International Conference

Registration Opens for Virtual International Conference

Last month, we introduced the International Capacity Building Department’s first virtual conference that will connect participants to presenters from all over the world. We are excited to be able to share more information about this exciting opportunity.

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Essays on the Importance of . . . in Psychotherapy and Counseling

Essays on the Importance of . . . in Psychotherapy and Counseling

In this months Counseling Confab, Rubin Battino, PhD, MS, NCC, LCPCC, offers three short essays on various aspects of practicing psychotherapy and counseling.

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IMFP Mentoring Program

IMFP Mentoring Program

The NBCC Foundation has recently been selected as a part of the newly formed Interdisciplinary Minority Fellowship Program (IMFP), a new initiative under SAMHSA. Learn more about the new program and the call for IMFP mentors.

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Meet Your NBCC Team

Meet Your NBCC Team

Read about Angie Givens, State Licensure Facilitator for the Center for Credentialing & Education, and how she has dedicated nine years to NBCC and Affiliates and to counselors everywhere.

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Medicare Bill Passes House Committee on Energy and Commerce

Medicare Bill Passes House Committee on Energy and Commerce

The Mental Health Access Improvement Act has passed out of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and could be brought to the floor for a full House vote soon.

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NCC Spotlight

NCC Spotlight

Read how Laura Shannonhouse, PhD, NCC, LPC, has found success for herself and for the profession by relying on data from clinical research to advise and advocate for the profession of counseling.

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Expressive and Experiential Arts in Online Group Supervision

Expressive and Experiential Arts in Online Group Supervision

Three professors from Capella University share an experiential exercise, “Implementing a Literary Prompt,” and provides a brief overview of two group supervision experiences among counselors-in-training.

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Innatious and the LAR Scale:  Innovative Tools to Strengthen Emotional IQ and Improve Your Practice

Innatious and the LAR Scale: Innovative Tools to Strengthen Emotional IQ and Improve Your Practice

Linda Buscemi, PhD, NCC, LPC, explains her concept of "innatious," the ability to emotionally identify needs so to understand what drives our actions, beliefs, and emotions, and how to incorporate it into sessions in individual and couples therapy.

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NBCC Is Hiring

NBCC Is Hiring

With recently made changes to our internal structures to better serve our stakeholders, NBCC is in search of qualified candidates who are enthusiastic about making a lasting impact on the profession of counseling to fill open positions in our Greensboro, North Carolina, offices.

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Mental Health Connections: Counseling Across the Globe

Mental Health Connections: Counseling Across the Globe

The International Capacity Building Department is proud to announce their first virtual conference, “Mental Health Connections: Counseling Across the Globe,” to be held Dec. 17–18, 2020.

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Veterans Affairs Mental Health Bill Passes Senate

Veterans Affairs Mental Health Bill Passes Senate

In a major win for Veterans Affairs’ mental health initiatives and NBCC’s continuing advocacy efforts, an extensive mental health reform bill was recently passed in the Senate by voice vote.

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NBCC Welcomes Dr. Amie A. Manis

NBCC Welcomes Dr. Amie A. Manis

NBCC warmly welcomes Dr. Amie Manis as the new editor of The Professional Counselor (TPC), our open-access, online academic journal.

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NBCC Foundation Webinars and Continuing Education

NBCC Foundation Webinars and Continuing Education

The NBCC Foundation continues to offer high-quality, free continuing education opportunities through their monthly webinars.

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Inspiring Hope and Moving Forward

Inspiring Hope and Moving Forward

Through the COVID-19 challenges of transitioning to online and hybrid education, non-stop work, and general fatigue, Anne Marie Roberts has found hope and continues to inspire her students through compassion and authentic care.

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NBCC, TPC Haul in Seven APEX Awards

NBCC, TPC Haul in Seven APEX Awards

The results of the 2020 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence were released and members of both the NBCC Communications Department and the editorial staff of The Professional Counselor (TPC) received a combined seven awards for their work.

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Medicare Legislation Gets a Hearing in the House

Medicare Legislation Gets a Hearing in the House

Among the 22 bills presented at a legislative hearing was H.R. 945, the Mental Health Access Improvement Act, which, if passed, would allow mental health counselors to be reimbursed by Medicare for counseling services.

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NBCC's New Board

NBCC's New Board

NBCC welcomes its five new board members: Michael Brooks, Mary Linda Diaz, Tina Lott, Rich Stapleton, and Ponce DeLeon Tidwell, Jr.

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Three Programs Receive CACREP Grants

Three Programs Receive CACREP Grants

NBCC is excited to announce this year's grant award recipients: Stockton University in Galloway Township, New Jersey; Touro College in New York City, New York; and the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota.

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Meet Your NBCC Team

Meet Your NBCC Team

Meet Carri Curtis, one of NBCC's Recertification Customer Service Representatives, who enjoys the interactions and challenges of her role, and who has a profound respect for counselors offering the much-needed guidance clients are seeking.

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Counseling Confab

Counseling Confab

We are pleased to introduce a new section to our newsletter, the Counseling Confab, where board certified counselors guest writers can share their successes, challenges, questions, and advice for others in the profession.

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NBCC Teams Up With The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

NBCC Teams Up With The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

NBCC is working with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and AMHCA to provide insight on how mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists can effectively treat Parkinson’s disease patients.

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Poetic Meaning-Making: A New Path to Trauma Work

Poetic Meaning-Making: A New Path to Trauma Work

Guest writers Jasmaine Ataga, NCC, LPC, and Zach McNiece provide insight into trauma, meaning-making, and incorporating poetry into sessions as a tool for processing.

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CACREP Awards Committee

CACREP Awards Committee

As part of its continuing support of programs seeking CACREP accreditation, NBCC welcomes three subject matter experts to the CACREP Awards Committee, which evaluates the quality of the programs applying for NBCC grants to assist with the costs of obtaining accreditation.

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Over 30 Scholarships Available for Counseling Students and Professionals

Over 30 Scholarships Available for Counseling Students and Professionals

Over 30 awards from the NBCC Foundation and the Center for Credentialing & Education are available for counseling students and counseling professionals seeking additional credentials and continuing education opportunities.

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Where Do We Go? Black Communities Coping in the Midst of Crises

Where Do We Go? Black Communities Coping in the Midst of Crises

Dr. Janeé Avent Harris is an active researcher, publisher, educator, and consultant on subject matters such as diversity, cultural issues, and religion/spirituality. She offers this perspective as a counselor and as a Black, Christian woman.

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SPOTLIGHT: A Lifetime Seeking Purpose and Connection

SPOTLIGHT: A Lifetime Seeking Purpose and Connection

Kapil Nayar, NCC, ACS, LPC, believes every conversation can lead to an opportunity to learn, grow, and heal. Read about his journey into counseling, his curiosity for learning, and his thoughts on social justice advocacy.

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The NBCC Foundation’s 2020 Bridging the Gap Digital Experience

The NBCC Foundation’s 2020 Bridging the Gap Digital Experience

The theme for the 2020 Bridging the Gap Digital Experience is “Family Matters,” with an emphasis on counseling skills, research, and resources that can improve, strengthen, or enrich families that represent minority and other underserved communities.

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TPC's Annual Awards for Best Article, Dissertation

TPC's Annual Awards for Best Article, Dissertation

The Professional Counselor recognized the winners of its annual awards, the Dissertation Excellence Award and the Outstanding Scholar Awards. Winners are selected each year from the articles published in that year’s volume, and are chosen based on their scholarly style, innovative and inventive material, and relevance to the counseling profession.

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Activating Change, Confronting Systemic Racism

Activating Change, Confronting Systemic Racism

Our executive team addresses our stance on the systematic racism that permeates our society. Counselors are essential to helping people navigate through the hurt, fear, and anguish that is so pervasive in our communities. The actions of counselors can transform communities and strengthen justice and equity across our societal structures.

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Confidentiality in the Zoom World of Cybersecurity

Confidentiality in the Zoom World of Cybersecurity

Navigating the nuances of HIPAA-compliant communications with clients during this time can be tricky. Carol McGinnis, NCC, BC-TMH, LCPC, and Eric Ward, MS, provide fail-safe tips to help counselors, educators, and students when utilizing Zoom.

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NBCC Foundation Minority Fellows: Physically Distant, Deeply Connected

NBCC Foundation Minority Fellows: Physically Distant, Deeply Connected

We hear from Melonie Davis and Isabel Gomez of the NBCC Foundation on how we are staying connected to our NBCC Foundation Minority Fellows during this time of physical distancing.

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TPC Editorial Review Board Provides Valuable Insight

TPC Editorial Review Board Provides Valuable Insight

We reached out to members of The Professional Counselor’s Editorial Review Board for insight into their transition to online counseling and education. Read about their success using online resources, creating the right workspace, and allowing students to express their creativity.

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Reflections From Day 45 of Isolation and Working From Home

Reflections From Day 45 of Isolation and Working From Home

Stacey Brown, NCC, shares an account of her experiences transitioning her private practice and her personal life since the outbreak of COVID-19.

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Students Provide Hope for the Future

Students Provide Hope for the Future

Sandra Logan-McKibben, PhD, NCC, NCSC, ACS, BC-TMH, shares what an inspiration her students have been and her optimism for the future of technology in counseling.

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Navigating the COVID Roller Coaster

Navigating the COVID Roller Coaster

Joel Diambra, EdD, NCC, LPC-MHSP, has faced the changes COVID-19 has brought in several professional capacities. He provides tips for online teaching and supervision and shares his emotional journey.

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Meet the NBCC Communications Team!

Meet the NBCC Communications Team!

As we continue to work remotely, the NBCC Communications Team takes a moment to talk about what has been their saving grace as we transitioned to work-from-home life.

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Precautions for Telemental Health, Distance Supervision, and Online Counselor Education

Precautions for Telemental Health, Distance Supervision, and Online Counselor Education

As we all adjust to the “new normal” of working remotely, Dustin Reed, PhD, NCC, LPC, urges counselors to take precautions to ensure that state and federal laws and codes of ethics are followed.

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NBCC Boards Recognize Dr. Andreea Szilagyi

NBCC Boards Recognize Dr. Andreea Szilagyi

The boards of NBCC and Affiliates recognize Dr. Andreea Szilagyi, who served NBCC in various capacities since 2004, including International Counselor in Residence, Associate Vice President and Vice President of NBCC International.

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A Message From Our President and CEO

A Message From Our President and CEO

Kylie Dotson-Blake, Interim President and CEO of NBCC and Affiliates, shares a personal message and explains the change in this month's newsletter format.

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Telehealth Continuing Education Resources for Counselors

Telehealth Continuing Education Resources for Counselors

With an influx of telehealth courses available right now, NBCC has compiled a list of courses from our Approved Continuing Education Providers (ACEPs). These ACEPs have a proven level of quality and their courses will meet your board certification continuing education requirements.

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Stimulus Package Benefits Available to Counselors

Stimulus Package Benefits Available to Counselors

The coronavirus stimulus package hopes to offers support by providing economic aid to impacted businesses and individuals. The $1,200 stimulus checks coming to millions of Americans are getting a lot of attention, but there are several other provisions in this legislation that board certified counselors should know about.

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State and Commercial Insurance Guidance on Telehealth

State and Commercial Insurance Guidance on Telehealth

Stay informed on state-by-state reimbursement policies, contact information for state insurance commissioners, and which insurers are temporarily easing restrictions for telemental health services. Our Government Affairs team keeps you updated.

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Federal Government Guidance on Telehealth

Federal Government Guidance on Telehealth

The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, in addition to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights, are temporarily relaxing requirements and policies, making telemental health more accessible.

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NBCC and Medicare Mental Health Week

NBCC and Medicare Mental Health Week

As part of Medicare Mental Health Week, NBCC has connected with our board certified counselors to help craft messages urging our representatives to pass the Mental Health Access Improvement Act, which would recognize mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists as covered Medicare providers.

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NBCC Grant Awardee Achieves CACREP Accreditation

NBCC Grant Awardee Achieves CACREP Accreditation

The newest CACREP grant recipient to achieve CACREP accreditation is Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee. Applications for the 2020–2021 grant opened on March 6, 2020, and the application cycle will close on April 3, 2020.

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SPOTLIGHT

SPOTLIGHT

Licensure portability is a challenge for many counselors wanting to expand their area of practice. Erik Mansager, PhD, NCC, CCMHC, MAC, LCPC, CADP, has met the challenge and is now practicing and using his NBCC credentials overseas.

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A Year Later: Counselor Find

A Year Later: Counselor Find

A year after NBCC launched the updated Counselor Find search platform, thousands of board certified counselors have taken advantage of this benefit, allowing counselors to enter their practice contact information, and making it easier for potential clients to connect with them directly.

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NBCC Visions is a resource for counselors, counselor educators, and counseling students. This monthly newsletter provides up-to-date legislative news about the profession; communicates information on certifications, scholarships, and volunteer opportunities; and shares ideas on successful counseling techniques.

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The Counseling Confab

The Counseling Confab feature is dedicated to board certified counselor guest writers with stories of successes; challenges; and advice, tips, and tools for other counselors. Our hope is to pique your interest in a new modality to study, provide practical tools to use in sessions, and strengthen your confidence in working with different populations.

Those interested in contributing should email newsletter@nbcc.org with their article for review. The structure of the articles that we feature is flexible, and we hope that writers are able to highlight their work and construct their stories in their own voice, in a way that speaks to their strengths. We ask that you limit your article to 1,500 words or less. Should your submission be approved, it may be edited for formatting or space reasons.

NCC Spotlight

There is no doubt that counselors do amazing work within their communities. Publishing articles and books; developing presentations, workshops, and training programs; receiving awards and other recognitions—NCCs are truly vital contributors in the mental health profession.

The stories that we hear are incredibly inspiring, and we want to share them! If you are interested in being highlighted in the NCC spotlight, or if there is an NCC that you would like to nominate, please contact us.

If you have had an interesting journey into the profession of counseling, work with underserved populations, advocate for your clients and for the profession, or specialize in a particular modality, we want to share your story! Email newsletter@nbcc.org with information on why you would make a good candidate to highlight.

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