BLOWING ROCK —The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, recently selected Kirsten Cole, of Blowing Rock, for the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program-Addictions Counselors. As an NBCC MFP-AC Fellow, Cole will receive funding and training to support her education and facilitate her addictions counseling service to underserved minority populations.

The NBCC MFP-AC is made possible by a grant awarded to the NBCC Foundation in collaboration with the Association for Addiction Professionals by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The Foundation administers the MFP-AC, including training and collaboration activities, such as webinars, that are open to all National Certified Counselors. 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.

The NBCC Foundation MFP will distribute up to $15,000 to Cole and the other 39 master’s-level addictions counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Cole is both a student and graduate of Appalachian State University, in Boone, where she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in the clinical mental health counseling program.

Upon graduation, Cole intends to pursue licensure as a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and work directly in the addictions field. She is interested in working with individuals with substance use, depressive, anxiety and trauma disorders by fostering an environment to promote healing. Cole is committed to being an advocate for this population with a motivation to reduce the stigma around those with substance use disorders.

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