Linwood Webster, an academic adviser in the social and behavioral sciences division in UNC-Chapel Hill’s College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a counseling fellowship from the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Foundation.
Through the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program-Youth, Webster will receive funding and training to support his education and facilitate his service to underserved minority populations, with a specific focus on transition-age youth (ages 16–25).
Webster has been with UNC-Chapel Hill for over 15 years, serving more than 12 years as an academic adviser. In 2005, he won the Mickel-Shaw Excellence in Advising Award.
Webster is currently pursuing a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from N.C. State University. He has an M.S. in information science from UNC-Chapel Hill and a B.A. in English-media/journalism from N.C. Central University.
Upon graduation, Webster intends to provide mental health counseling services to racially and ethnically diverse transition-age youth (ages 16–25). He would also like to work with people and populations who are often marginalized, such as ethnic minorities and people living in rural areas, where mental health services are typically lacking.
The fellowship will allow Webster to extend his research on the school-to-prison pipeline, which he began while completing the Harvard University Administrative Fellowship Program between 2002 and 2003. Receipt of this fellowship will help with his goal of outreach and education to racially and ethnically diverse communities about mental health, and removing the stigma surrounding help-seeking for mental health questions and concerns.
The NBCC Foundation is the nonprofit affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors. 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.
For more information, visit http://www.nbccf.org.