The National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. and Affiliates (NBCC) is a not-for-profit, independent certification organization established in 1982. NBCC’s original and primary purposes are to establish and monitor a national certification system, to identify those counselors who have voluntarily sought
andobtained certification, and to maintain a register of those counselors. As NBCC has grown,
it and its divisions and affiliates have taken on additional responsibilities to advance the counseling profession
and enhance mental health worldwide.
Today, there are more than 60,000 National Certified Counselors (NCCs) in more than 40 countries. NCCs
havevoluntarily met high national standards set by the counseling profession and based on research, including
passing an examination.
Two of NBCC’s certifications, the NCC and Master Addictions Counselor (MAC), are
accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
Learn more about NBCC’s national certifications.
NBCC advances counseling as the premier certification body of the profession, enhancing society worldwide
through quality counseling.
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 to cover the need expressed by counselors all over the world for collaboration on professionalization mechanisms for counseling.
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, NBCC International
aims to spread the availability of competent, reliable services to any part of the world that indicates an interest
in acquiring them, offering 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.
The European Board for Certified Counselors (EBCC) is a nonprofit organization that serves as the regional hub for NBCC International’s activities in Europe. EBCC is dedicated to supporting European countries in their efforts to develop the counseling profession.
EBCC serves as a clearinghouse for any inquires related to certification, education, training and professional standards in counseling in Europe.
EBCC encourages NBCC national offices and partners in Europe to collaborate and create valuable educational
programs in areas of specialization such as career development, mental health, supervision and other specialty areas that are
most useful based on the country’s specific needs.
EBCC supports collaborations among the national offices on European and international projects as well as the
development of professional relationships with public and private entities interested in developing counseling programs and
services, including ministries, universities, counseling associations and businesses.
The Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE) is a not-for-profit organization that provides practitioners and organizations
with assessments, business support services and credentialing. Created in 1995 as an affiliate of the National Board for
Certified Counselors (NBCC), CCE credentials more than 25,000 practitioners globally in a variety of fields.
NBCC Greece is affiliated to the National Board for Certified Counselors International (NBCC International), a division serving
the global interests of the NBCC and its affiliates. Its role is educational and consultative in order to support and enhance the
counseling profession in Greece, taking into consideration the universally accepted terms and concepts of counseling as well as
the national and cultural factors.
Its purpose is the development of initiatives, actions and reciprocal cooperations with Scientific/Educational/professional bodies
to support and strengthen the profession of Career Counselor in compliance with the high standards and the code of conduct in the
area of Career Management Counselling.
Director of NBCC Greece is Maria Koutsafti, MSc (Career Counselor) Master Trainer GCDF & MHF, Certified in Supervision
Associate Director is Angela Chougia, M.A. (Psychologist & Family Therapist) Master Trainer GCDF & MHF, Certified in Supervision.