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Eli Varney awarded $11,000 counseling fellowship from NBCC and affiliates

 

May 11, 2016



WORLAND —The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Eli Varney of Worland for the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program-Addictions Counselors (MFP-AC). As an NBCC MFP-AC fellow, Varney will receive funding and training to support his education and facilitate his addictions counseling service to underserved minority transition-age youth (ages 16–25).

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.

The NBCC MFP will distribute up to $11,000 to Varney and the 29 other master’s-level addictions counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award.

Varney is a graduate of the University of Wyoming, in Laramie, and is currently a master’s student in the clinical mental health counseling program at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

Upon graduation, Varney intends to work with populations struggling with addiction, veterans, and those with domestic violence charges. Earning this fellowship will allow Varney to attend counseling conferences to establish a stronger professional identity as a counselor and learn evidence-based practices to better assist underserved populations and advocate for the counseling profession.

The NBCC MFP will distribute up to $11,000 to Varney and the 29 other master’s-level addictions counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Varney is a graduate of the University of Wyoming, in Laramie, and is currently a master’s student in the clinical mental health counseling program at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Upon graduation, Varney intends to work with populations struggling with addiction, veterans, and those with domestic violence charges. Earning this fellowship will allow Varney to attend counseling conferences to establish a stronger professional identity as a counselor and learn evidence-based practices to better assist underserved populations and advocate for the counseling profession.

The Foundation plans to open the next NBCC MFP-AC application period in September 2016. To learn more about the NBCC MFP and its fellows, please visit http://www.nbccf.org.

He is son of Eric and Sandy Varney of Worland. Eli is a 2006 graduate of Worland High School.

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 60,000 National Certified Counselors 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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