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Trailblazers in Therapy: Unitra Long and Grace Mamou Earn LPC-S Credentials, Paving the Way for Future Black Clinicians

Trailblazers in Therapy: Unitra Long and Grace Mamou Earn LPC-S Credentials, Paving the Way for Future Black Clinicians

In April 2024, Unitra Long, MA, LPC-S, NCC and Grace Mamou, M.S. LPC-S, BCCC both reached a pivotal milestone in their professional careers by earning their board-approved supervisor credentials (LPC-S). Their remarkable achievement highlights their dedication and expertise in counseling and sets a powerful precedent for future Black clinicians and therapists. At ؾ, the nation’s only historically Black and Catholic university, Long and Mamou serve as inspiration for students who also strive to diversify the field and empower future generations of Black professionals in the mental health field.  

As LPC-S credential holders, Long and Mamou can directly mentor and supervise upcoming therapists by offering culturally informed guidance and support that fosters an environment where future Black clinicians feel understood and supported. Xavier, known for sending more Black graduates on to complete medical school than any other in the nation, is the perfect location for Long and Mamou to impart their success. Seeing two Black women achieve high-level credentials in a predominantly white profession provides powerful role models for aspiring Black clinicians and demonstrates such achievements are attainable while encouraging diversity in leadership roles. Long and Mamou hope to advocate for more inclusive policies and practices that benefit all underrepresented groups.  

“I’m thrilled to earn the LPC-S credential. This title allows me to enhance the field of counseling and give back by mentoring the next generation of therapists. It’s an honor to contribute to the professional growth of future counselors,” Long expressed excitedly.  

Mamou emphasized the importance of Black representation in the mental health field, stating, “Representation matters. My goal is to keep doing the work and help produce many great therapists along the way. Seeing more Black professionals in this field is crucial for the communities we serve and for inspiring future generations.”  

The mental health crisis among college students is a growing concern, with increasing numbers facing anxiety, depression, and stress. Black college students often encounter additional challenges, such as racial discrimination and cultural stigma around seeking mental health support, which can exacerbate their mental health issues. The achievements of Unitra Long and Grace Mamou in earning their LPC-S credentials are vital, as they pave the way for more Black clinicians who understand these unique struggles and can provide culturally competent care. Their leadership and expertise are also crucial in breaking down barriers and ensuring that Black students receive the mental health support they need to thrive.  

The dedication and accomplishments of Long and Mamou elevate Xavier’s pride and the university’s excellent reputation, serving as a testament to the power of perseverance and the importance of representation in the mental health field. Their board-approved supervisor credentials signify more than just personal achievement; they represent a step forward for diversity, mentorship, and empowerment within the mental health profession. As trailblazers, Long and Mamou have not only elevated their own professional standing, but they are also inspiring and supporting the next generation of Black mental health professionals. 

Xavier University is deeply committed to supporting its students' mental health and well-being through the dedicated efforts of the Office of Counseling and Wellness. This office provides a range of services, including individual and group counseling, mental health workshops, and wellness programs, all designed to help students navigate the challenges of college life. Mental health is crucial on college campuses because it directly impacts students’ academic performance, personal development, and overall quality of life. By addressing mental health concerns and promoting a culture of wellness, Xavier University ensures that students are equipped to thrive both academically and personally, fostering a supportive and resilient campus community.