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September 27, 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


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


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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Call for Presentations - NC Counseling Association

Proposals for presentations are now being accepted!

NCCA 2022 Annual Conference: Challenge - Change - Commitment

This year's conference at the Durham Convention Center will be packed with valuable education and networking opportunities.

Submissions should address at least one of the content areas below:

  • Counseling Theory/Practice and the Counseling Process
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Social and Cultural Foundations
  • Group Dynamics and Counseling
  • Assessment
  • Research and Program Evaluation
  • Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issues
  • Wellness and Prevention

Proposals are being accepted for the following session lengths:

  • 1-hour
  • 1.5-hours
  • 3-hours (for pre-conference sessions on February 16)
  • 6-hours (for pre-conference sessions on February 16)
  • Poster Session

Note: Only current Graduate Students may submit proposals for poster sessions.

The available session slots are limited and this process is competitive. Therefore, not all proposals may be chosen to present during the 2022 Annual Conference.

Submission details can be found on the Presentation Page

Submission deadline is October 4 by 11:59 PM ET.


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.

Survey of Interest in a Doctoral Program in Counseling at NCCU

The Counselor Education Program at NCCU is in the early stages of proposing and planning an EdD in Counselor Education and Supervision.  This process can take some time.  As part of doing our due diligence, we need to know the level of interest from the community.

Would you mind completing this short survey about your level of interest?  It should only take about two to three minutes of your time.

Thank you!


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 28: Department of Counseling and Higher Education faculty meeting
  • October 1: General NCCU faculty meeting
  • October 4: Submission deadline for NCCA Presentation Proposals
  • October 5: October webinar
  • October 6-8: Group Counseling Residency (for students in CON 5351)
  • 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
  • October 11-12: Fall Break
  • October 13: Registration for Spring 2022 begins
  • October 13-15: Mid-program Reviews
  • October 15: Deadline for graduating students to clear grades of "I"
  • November 12: MOAs for spring 2022 placement due to Dr. Blount
  • December 15: Deadline to apply for NBCC Foundation Fellowship


Did you know that you can subscribe to the nccuCounseling calendar?  If you use a digital calendar, you can subscribe and have all of the information from the "Key Dates" letter auto-populate in your calendar.  Visit our website for more information.

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