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PAU Student Wins National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation Fellowship

Congratulations to Ms. Edit Vidalon, one of our students in the online Mental Health Counseling Master’s Degree Program at Palo Alto University which she joined in 2015.  She recently was awarded an $11,000 fellowship towards her tuition from the National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation (NBCC) and invited to an all-expenses paid awards ceremony in Washington D.C., in her honor.

Ms. Vidalon has an inspiring story.  She was born in Lima, Peru, and was raised by her older sisters after her mother’s passing when she was only nine months old and her estrangement from her father.  She came to the United States for college and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology graduating with honors from the University of Massachusetts.  Because of family issues, she returned to Peru 3 years ago.    In Lima she worked with children with diverse educational problems and with at-risk women in a Non-Profit Organization.  She conducted workshops in art therapy for older adults, women, and children with the Dana Foundation, an organization dedicated to the research of Brain Science.  Her work with this organization has been published on its website alongside many other recognized professionals.

Her recent experiences include an internship at 7 Cups of Tea in London, an organization that provides support via chat rooms to clients with anxiety, addictions, and family issues and with Raising Safe Kids, an international program developed and coordinated by the American Psychological Association’s Violence Prevention Office.  She is a very enthusiastic and creative person who loves art, writes and reads short stories based on true events about human emotions and brain disorders.

Edit Vidalon would like to thank Palo Alto University for her education and experience she gained in working with people with addictions which were instrumental in her receiving this Fellowship in “Master’s Addictions Program” from the NBCC. In a few months she will be moving back to the United States from her native Peru to complete her practicum.

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