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“Embracing The Past, Present & Future As One”

Welcome to the National Association of Black Counselors (NABC), a dynamic membership and advocacy organization committed to advancing Black mental health. Our mission is rooted in the recognition of a critical need – the need for a dedicated space where Black clinicians can thrive, learn, and make a profound impact on the mental well-being of Black individuals and communities.

NABC is a nationally recognized professional association (and supportive community) that enhances and encourages professional growth and endeavors in the field of counseling and mental health; NABC also welcomes all that have concern and interest in the overall health and mental health affecting those of African ancestry in the United States and abroad.

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What Are Your Thoughts?

This month, we would like to shine the light on NABC's very own Dr. Linda J.M. Holloway 

Dr. Holloway is a Counselor Educator at Alabama State University who has been teaching graduate students a course entitled, Counseling Diverse Populations in innovative ways for quite some time now to include incorporating movies, songs, poetry, and books into her classes. Well, she has now found joy in teaching children through her groundbreaking award-winning children books about various cultural related topics. Dr. Holloway calls herself a Story Activist, which is a person she describes who tells stories from an activist pair of lenses to give voice to the voiceless, marginalized, underserved, and vulnerable populations. Dr. Holloway also encourages children to use their voices to make a difference in today's society. Her books are extremely interactive where she has children singing, dancing, and even taking a pledge to take a stand for injustice. 

Read more about Dr. Holloway and her books on our Author Spotlight page.

Upcoming events

    • 1 Feb 2024
    • 31 Mar 2024

    Are you passionate about guiding others towards success? Do you have valuable insights to share with aspiring individuals?  NABC is excited to announce that our Mentor Application is now officially open!

    • 1 Feb 2024
    • 31 Mar 2024

    Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC

    Did you know members of NABC you can receive a 20% discount  on courses through Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC by using the code "NABC20"?

    This February and MarchTCI is promoting the following courses designed to provide significant value to our members:

    Engaging BIPOC Communities Effectively Using Telehealth, Online Self-Study, 2.5 CEs 

    Telehealth services with BIPOC communities

    Are you confident in addressing the needs and challenges of clients who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) as they access and engage in telemental health services? Develop a plan to provide trauma-informed and culturally responsive services for your clients of color. Enroll in Telehealth Certification Institute's course, "Engaging BIPOC Communities Effectively Using Telehealth". (Online Self-Study, 2.5 CEs)

    Counseling Individuals with Intellectual Disability Training Program, Online Self-Study, 12 CEs

    Earn the Intellectual Disability Counseling Training Certificate

    How do you address the mental health needs of clients with Intellectual Disability? Clients with ID are often overlooked and underserved. Telehealth Certification Institute offers a comprehensive, online self-study certificate program to understand how to expand your skill set and practice to include services with clients with ID.  A training certificate and 12CEs are included. (Online Self-Study, 12 CEs)

    Telehealth for Clients with Intellectual Disability, Online Self-Study 1.5 CEs 

    Provide access and accommodations for clients with intellectual disability

    People with intellectual disability are marginalized - providing equitable access to and accommodations for mental health care is one way that practitioners may help to address this concern. Telehealth Certification Institute LLC's self-paced recorded course, "Telehealth for Clients with Intellectual Disabilities", will help you understand how to open your virtual doors to clients with intellectual disability. (Online Self-Study 1.5 CEs)

    Substance Use Disorder Treatment for the Family and the Use of Telehealth, Online Self-Study, 3 CEs

    Families, substance use, and telehealth services

    The effects of a substance use disorder (SUD) are felt by the entire family and can generate a considerable burden for the affected individuals, their families, and society. Telehealth Certification Institute offers an online self-study course that addresses the effects of SUDs on the family system, including how to engage families via telehealth. (Online Self-Study, 3 CEs)

    Don't forget to use the code NABC20 to get you 20% discount on course registration

    • 14 Mar 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Dear NABC Members,

    You are invited to attend the upcoming NABC Town Hall Meeting, where we will provide updates on key initiatives and developments within our organization. This meeting will be an opportunity for us to share important information regarding the 2025 Conference, Membership updates, Division participation and membership, as well as updates from our State chapters.

    • 24 Mar 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Join us for the return of our Quarterly Discussion Groups

    Sunday, March 24, 2024, The NABC Education Committee Presents

    An Introduction to Indigenous Psychotherapy 

    Our presenter for this discussion will be Dr. W. Henry Gregory, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, School of Medicine
    Department of Family & Community Health
    Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty
    Clinical Director, Rafiki Consortium, LLC


    About Dr. Gregory

    Dr. Gregory is a mental health professional with over thirty years of experience. He holds a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and master degrees in Community Mental Health and Psychology. He has expertise and extensive experience as a clinician, supervisor, director, trainer, consultant and researcher in a number of service areas including child welfare, criminal justice, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, juvenile justice, school-based mental health, and behavioral health.

    Dr. Gregory’s primary clinical orientation is in family systems. He has specialized in the development of treatment models that are applicable to diverse service populations and the clinicians who deliver services to them. He has participated in the developed “Enriched Structural Family Therapy” to directly address the needs of urban families and at Progressive Life Center, Inc. he led the development of “NTU Psychotherapy” a culturally competent system of care that is spiritually based.

    Dr. Gregory consults and trains students and through his own organization, the Rafiki Consortium, LLC. He is focused on assisting students, families, clinicians, administrators and policymakers in understanding the strengths and resiliencies that sustain poor and Black families in spite of the great odds that many face.

    Dr. Gregory is the associate director of the Center for Community Collaboration in the psychology department at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). He also serves as the cultural competence coordinator for MD CARES a SAMHSA funded system of care grant and is an assistant professor at the School of Nursing at the University of Maryland Baltimore.

    As a constructivist, Dr Gregory passionately believes that we create our own destiny by how we think about ourselves and our circumstance. To this end, he believes that a focus on strengths, competencies, resilience etc will revolutionize the field of mental health.

Past events

26 Apr 2023 NABC Annual Conference

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Whether you’re a seasoned mental health professional or just beginning your journey, we invite you to join The National Association of Black Counselor’s vibrant and dedicated community. Together, we can make a lasting impact on Black mental health, forging a brighter and healthier future for all.

There are benefits to being a member of the NABC:

  • Professional Development
  • Advocacy for Fair Treatment
  • Cultural Relevance
  • Networking and Community Building
  • Advancement Opportunities
  • Mentorship and Peer Support...and so much more

Join NABC today and become a catalyst for change in the field of Black mental health. Together, we can create a world where every individual receives the mental health support they deserve, irrespective of their background.

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