CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Shining due to her passion of serving others, Liliana Barron, Island University student, was selected by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Foundation for the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program-Addictions Counselors (MFP-AC). She is one of 40 master’s-level addictions counseling students selected to receive the national fellowship award. The $11,000 fellowship will provide funding and training to support her education, tuition expenses and facilitate her addictions counseling services to underserved minority transition-age youths (ages 16 to 25.)
Barron is working towards her Master of Science in Counseling with an emphasis in Addictions in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She is on track to graduate December 2017. Barron was selected due to her experience with diverse populations and her commitment to providing substance abuse and addictions counseling services to underserved minority populations.
“It feels amazing and incredible to have been selected for the NBCC Addictions Fellowship,” said Barron. “The executive director of the NBCC Foundation said everyone should feel extremely proud, because it was a rigorous task to select the final 2017 fellowship awardees.”
With the funding, Barron will be able to attend conferences and learn evidence-based practices to implement with future clientele. Her first conference was in Atlanta, Georgia, and was titled “Bridging the Gap: Eliminating Mental Health Disparities.”
Born and raised in South Texas, Barron said that she understands first-hand how scarce resources are and how difficult they can be to obtain for lower socioeconomic minorities. This is a part of her driving force to obtain her education. Due to her fellowship, she will have the funding to continue excelling in her education at the Island University.
“In the near future, I want to be known as a counselor that rightly serves the underserved with justice,” said Barron. “I want to advocate for all persons—no matter their socioeconomic status, gender, religion, race or age.”
The Master of Science in Counseling program is designed to prepare future skilled professionals like Barron to work in a variety of settings. The Counseling and Training Clinic, located on campus, provides trainees field experience under the supervision of professional counselors and doctoral-level students. The hands-on experiences and support from skilled educators in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology helped Barron to shine in competing for the fellowships.
“I have learned a lot from all of my previous professors, and that has built up my counselor professional identity as a student, which I believe has helped me to achieve this fellowship,” Barron stated.
To learn more about the Island University’s counseling programs, go to cnep.tamucc.edu.