As an undergraduate at Trinity Christian College, Michael DeVries fondly recalls his philosophy class with Dr. Calvin Seerveld who inspired in him the importance of integrating faith and learning in every academic discipline. Subject matter relating to intercultural diversity and the spiritual aspects of professional counseling run throughout DeVries’ courses.
As part of North Park’s commitment to connect students with the community and ensure they have access to experiential learning, graduates from the Master of Art in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) are well-prepared to begin their careers in the professional counseling field with coursework and an internship. The internship required of all CMHC students places them in Chicago where they are engaged with the social service systems and sociocultural diversity of the city. In the capstone course, there’s opportunity to integrate faith and learning. In addition, the CMHC curriculum contains a course focused on the sociocultural foundations of professional counseling.
As a professional and individual, DeVries looks to make the world a better place; relieve suffering; create educational opportunities; and promote love, peace, and justice.