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Student Newsletter

September 13, 2021



October Webinar

Maternal Mental Health in the Time of Covid: Supporting Mothers and Caregivers in Enhancing Wellness.

October 5, 2021 at 1pm EDT

This webinar will provide an overview of concerns unique to maternal wellness. The webinar will focus on perinatal mental health (disorders experienced during pregnancy and in the postpartum period), parenting stress, and the mental health impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on women caregivers. There will be a special focus on the disproportionate mental health burden experienced by mothers of color in the pandemic. Implications for counselors and other mental health professionals, as well as ways to support the mental health of mothers, will be discussed.

Presenter: Dr. Alyx Beckwith

Registration available soon


Additional Fall Webinars (Save the Date):

  • November 2, 2021 @ 1pm: Counseling and Supporting Foster Care Youth with an Incarcerated Parent. Presented by Dr. Regina Gavin Williams and Dr. Jennifer Barrow
  • December 7, 2021 @ 1pm: Navigating the Licensure Process. Presented by Dr. Kyla Kurian and Dr. Levette Scott


Brittany Greene selected to serve as a Behavioral Health Ambassador

Brittany Greene, an nccuCounseling student, has been selected to serve as a 2021-2022 Behavioral Health Ambassador for the HBCU Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health's key initiative, HBCU C.A.R.E.S.

This SAMHSA funded program includes professional development, an Ambassador focused conference, and a stipend this academic year. 

The HBCU Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health is a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funded center housed at Clark Atlanta University.  By 2025, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services predicts shortages of behavioral health professionals.  The Center aims to promote awareness of and provide support to students pursuing degrees in behavioral health at HBCUs via a key initiative, HBCU Career, Awareness, Recruitment, and Engagement Services (HBCUC.A.R.E.S.). Behavioral Health Ambassadors are critical to the success of their efforts.

Only 25 students were selected from a national, competitive pool of applicants in Counseling, Psychology, Psychiatry, Nursing, and Social Work programs. We are excited that North Carolina Central University will be among the 14 HBCUs represented in this year's cohort.
The 2021-2022 Behavioral Health Ambassador cohort was selected after a competitive, national application and selection process.  Ambassadors are highly qualified graduate students, currently enrolled in behavioral health programs at HBCUs, who will complete field experiences this upcoming academic year. As an Ambassador, Brittany will develop and deliver presentations about behavioral health related topics to undergraduates attending HBCU’s.  Additionally, Ambassadors will facilitate Career Chats, 20-minute conversations with 1 to 5 undergraduates, about their own academic/career journeys.  The goals of these activities are to increase awareness of and share the cultural capital needed to successfully enter behavioral health fields.  Behavioral Health Ambassadors will receive mentoring, training, and resources via online meetings throughout the academic year and a Conference that will be held in early 2022.  Ambassadors that successfully complete program requirements will receive a $7,000 stipend during the 2021-2022 academic year.
Congratulations, Brittany! 

NBCC Foundation - Minority Fellowship Program - Application Period Has Opened


The NBCC Foundation is pleased to announce the application period for the 2022 National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP). Ninety (90) doctoral- and master’s-level counseling fellowships are available.

Award amounts range from $10,000 to $20,000 and include fellowships in the following categories:

  • Up to 20 doctoral fellowships
  • Up to 30 master's fellowships for mental health counseling students
  • Up to 40 master's fellowships for addiction counseling students

The MFP is made possible by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and administered by the NBCC Foundation.

The application period for 2022 awards will run from Aug. 23, 2021 through Dec. 15, 2021. Applications will close at midnight Eastern Standard Time on Dec. 15.

For more information or to apply, visit

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Are you planning on completing Practicum in the Spring Semester?

If so, you will need to complete your Mid-program Review this fall.  Reviews are currently scheduled between October 13-15.  Most (if not all) students who need to be reviewed this semester are currently enrolled in CON 5371: Pre-practicum. 

If you need to schedule your Mid-program Review, please sign up for a time-slot using the calendar linked at the bottom of this page:

If you are not currently in Pre-practicum, or have not already recently completed Pre-practicum, there is no need to sign up for a review right now.

Are you planning to graduate this December?

If you intend to graduate this fall, don't forget that you need to complete your final defense in November - and you need to sign up for an appointment with the faculty.  More about this here:

Do you think you will attempt to use your place of employment as your Practicum or Internship site?

If so, you will need to make a special written request the semester before your placement is set to begin.  For a spring 2022 placement, your request will need to be submitted by October 11, 2021.  Please note that MOAs for a spring 2022 placement are not due until November 12, 2021.  The special request must be made and approved before submitting your MOA for the spring.


More about this process HERE.

Pursuing a Second Degree - Changes Ahead

For students who are graduating Spring 2022 or later, you MUST complete a minimum of 18 semester hours above and beyond your original plan of study in order to receive a second degree.  There are very specific courses that must be completed to receive a second degree, and these are specified on this page:

Please note that your second internship must consist of a 600-hour placement.  In other words, students receiving a second degree will complete a second 600-hour internship placement (600 hours for their first major, 600 hours for their second major).

Please speak with your advisor if you have any questions.


Upcoming Dates to Remember for nccuCounseling: 

  • September 13-24: CPCE Fall testing window
  • September 14: School of Education faculty meeting
  • September 17: Last day to withdraw with a prorated tuition and fee adjustment
  • September 26: Online open house for prospective students
  • September 28: Department of Counseling and Higher Education faculty meeting
  • October 1: General NCCU faculty meeting
  • October 5: October webinar
  • October 8: Last day to withdraw from a class with a WC grade
  • October 11: Field Placement - Special request submission deadline for spring 2022 placement
  • November 12: MOAs for spring 2022 placement due to Dr. Blount
  • December 15: Deadline to apply for NBCC Foundation Fellowship


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