PSU student Marie McMahon is the recipient of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Minority Fellowship. She is in the Clinical Mental Health program in the GSE and also working toward the GSE Certificate in Trauma-Informed Therapy. The NBCC award covers a substantial portion of her graduate-level tuition at PSU.
“We are all very proud of Marie’s efforts and thankful she is part of our program,” said Assistant Professor Joel Lane, who teaches in the program. “Marie has a creative spirit and an interest in using art as a therapeutic tool, which I think will be very powerful in her work with underserved transition-aged youth.”
McMahan holds bachelor’s degrees in French and art from Appalachian State University, where she graduated with honors.
She already has experience working with youth as a tutor and a counselor for teen girls in a residential treatment center. She also worked as a coordinator for a K–12 art program in Park City, Utah, serving hundreds of diverse students and their teachers across the region. These experiences made her a strong candidate for the Minority Fellowship.
“I am eager to work with young clients who identify with marginalized groups through a trauma-informed lens,” she said. “I am aware of the culture of privilege and oppression that exists in our country, and I support the effort to increase the level of multicultural competence in the counseling field.”
The NBCC Foundation sponsors this award to increase the number of culturally competent addiction and mental health counselors available to underserved minority populations, with a specific focus on transition-age youth (ages 16–25).
In addition to the monetary award, the NBCC Foundation will host McMahon’s trip to its national symposium in May and feature her bio and photo on its website.
She will complete the counseling master’s program in June 2018 and hopes to work in a school-based mental health clinic.
McMahan joins 2016 GSE graduate Dana Gieszler, who earned the NBCC Minority Fellowship in 2015.