College of Education graduate student Valerie L. Platt recently was selected for the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Minority Fellowship Program for Addictions Counselors.
As a fellow, Platt will receive funding and training to support her education and facilitate addictions counseling services to under served minority youth ages 16–25.
The goal of the program is to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health for racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the available number of behavioral health professionals.
Platt is a master’s student with an addictions specialization in the counseling program. Upon graduation, Platt would like to work with minority youth through the juvenile justice system and other under served populations within the Treasure Valley. She said she intends to focus on adolescent substance abuse and trauma while improving how minority populations connect with mental health services. Being granted this fellowship will allow her to intern at the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections and Outreach Community Counseling.
Rich Osguthorpe, dean of the College of Education, said the fellowship is a remarkable achievement.
“It will provide excellent training and support to help Valerie realize her professional goals,” said Osguthorpe. “This award is also an indicator of the amazing quality of our graduate students, helping us become one of the fastest rising colleges of education in the country.”