NBCC International (NBCC-I) was founded by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Board of Directors in 2003 to advocate for and collaborate on the development of professional counseling worldwide. The idea of an international division came about as we experienced greater numbers of colleagues asking for collaboration on professionalization mechanisms for counseling.
International professionals have expressed the need for such services for some time, but so far efforts to deliver them have been sporadic. With prestigious allies such as the World Health Organization and UNESCO, and building on already existing relationships with regional and national counseling entities on every continent, we hope to spread the availability of competent, reliable services to any part of the world that indicates an interest in acquiring them.
However, we will do this with utmost care and respect for the social, cultural, political, and economic realities of the various areas where we are invited, taking a collaborative rather than a consultative stance. We offer a menu of universally accepted principles and templates and then collaborate with regional and national organizations as they shape their credentialing policies, assessment methods and training requirements to the needs of their populations.
This philosophy is reflected in the growing variety of international credentials that are available or under development. Our website is designed to let you track our progress and understand our motives and methods as we strive to help the world's underserved or never-served.
Thank you for your interest.
Thomas W. Clawson, Ed.D., NCC, NCSC, LPC
President and CEO
NBCC & Affiliates