The National Board for Certified Counselors, or NBCC, Foundation recently selected Jason Branch, a doctoral student in the counselor education program in the College of Education at Auburn University, for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program, or NBCC MFP. As an NBCC MFP Fellow, Branch will receive funding and training to support his education and facilitate his service to underserved minority populations.
Branch has more than 10 years of experience in the counseling profession working in community agency and mental health centers, in city government, in addiction treatment facilities and in academia. Branch has also established and maintained a private practice since 2010. His experience in those areas increased his interest and passion for serving his community. Branch’s research interests include understanding disparities for African-American clients and the importance of advocacy and overcoming the negative stigma and myths that have been associated with counseling and mental health in the African-American community. Branch developed the Brothers Outreach to Underprivileged and Needy Children Everywhere mentoring program, in which adult African-American males from the community and students from local colleges and universities provide a positive male presence to adolescents. For more than a decade, this program has helped produce successful African-American men in Alabama. With the assistance of this fellowship, Branch will expand his mentoring program, continue to develop innovative ways to increase participation in counseling services for African-American males, and continue his current research and educational pursuits. Branch has a strong desire to influence change through mentorship and advocacy.
More information about the NBCC MFP and its fellows is available online.