International Counselor-in-Residence (CIR)

From time to time, the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) offers a distinguished leader from a non-U.S. counseling organization or university an appointment with NBCC International (NBCC-I) for a specific period of time. During the appointment, the Counselor-in-Residence (CIR) and NBCC-I staff members exchange information related to counseling practice and professionalization in each respective nation and region. The CIR gains firsthand knowledge about how counselor credentialing mechanisms have been implemented in the United States and other countries, as well as the strengths and challenges of various credentialing strategies.

In addition to participating in information exchange with NBCC-I staff members, CIRs engage in scholarly activities to advance awareness of counseling practice in their home country. These activities include:

NBCC-I staff members support CIRs in these endeavors.

CIR Program Goals

The CIR will:

  1. Engage in a dialogue related to the professionalization of counseling and expansion of mental health services.
  2. Engage in a dialogue related to the granting of privileges to practice professional counseling.
  3. Participate in a global network of counselor educators dedicated to supporting one another in the professionalization of counseling around the world.


Dr. Andreea Szilagyi

Prof. Dato’ Dr. See Ching Mey

Dr. George D. Vera

Dr. Mohamed Fadzil Bin Che Din

Dr. Wan Marzuki Bin Wan Jaafar