Hope all is well and you got some rest over Spring Break. I wanted to pass some great news on to you in regards to our Counseling Programs. I just got word that our Counseling Programs at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke has received an award called the NBCC Professional Identity Award. The NBCC is the National Board of Certified Counselors. This award states that our programs (CMHC & PSC) do excellent work to develop and promote professional counselor identities in our faculty and students. It is a well- known and respected award in our field. Only two other universities, The University of New Orleans and The University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, were awarded this year. Even more exciting, the award comes with a $5,000.00 monetary gift from NBCC to our department and we plan on soliciting feedback from students and faculty as how best to utilize this money to develop and enhance professional counselor identity in our faculty and students. This award, along with the CACREP accreditation, really distinguishes our programs at a state and national level. I have included some excerpts from the award letter below. Just wanted to share the good news. Thanks
“It is with great pleasure that I inform you that the Professional School Counseling & Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke is the recipient of one of three 2012 NBCC Professional Identity Awards. This national recognition signifies the faculty’s excellence in and commitment to promoting counselor professional identity.
Your faculty and program responses were evaluated on criteria that we feel exemplify going the extra mile to train and prepare the next generation of counselors. In the near future, an award of $5,000 will be made to your program to aid in your continued efforts to bolster the profession. You will also receive an award plaque to display your distinguished achievement.
We are delighted to honor your program, and we know that you will continue to strive for professionalism and excellence. NBCC aspires to create and maintain rigorous standards for the profession, and we want to support programs and faculty that exemplify those standards.”
Mark Schwarze, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, LCAS, CCS
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
School of Education