Sara Abdulrasool and Kiersten Wenthold, graduate students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Marquette University, were each awarded an $11,000 Counseling Fellowship From National Board for Certified Counselors and affiliates
Upon graduation, Abdulrasool intends to work with transition-age minority youth and young adults who are from underprivileged backgrounds like she is. She has an interest in those who have suffered from anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance use disorders, in a hospital or clinical setting in both national and international contexts, where mental health services are often minimized and stigmatized.
Wenthold aims to serve minorities battling substance abuse through counseling and advocacy. She has a desire to stimulate change and sustain hope, which she intends to instill in her clients.
The NBCC MFP-AC is made possible by a grant awarded to NBCC by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in September 2014. 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.