Dr. Nate Perron is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Illinois with Northwestern University. Nate is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) with the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) with the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE). Nate is registered as a Master Trainer for Mental Health Facilitator programs with the International division of NBCC (NBCC-I), and has facilitated collaborations between organizations and institutions to advance mental health training that advocates international and cultural awareness of global needs. Nate also serves in his local community as a volunteer chaplain through Nationwide Chaplain Services (NCS) at his local police department, where he offers primary support to emergency responders.
Nate received his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Counselor Education and Supervision from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, and both his Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling and Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Research and scholarship interests include international issues in counseling, clinical supervision, crisis and trauma recovery, children and adolescents, and marriage and family therapy. Nate has taught with several universities at the college and graduate levels, offering courses including Crisis Intervention in Counseling, Advocacy and Social Justice, Pastoral Counseling, Clinical Counseling Practicum and Internships, Counseling with Children and Adolescents, Cross-cultural Psychology, and many others. Nate currently overseas clinical counseling site supervisors from all over the United States through the Counseling@Northwestern online counseling graduate program, along with the reflective practitioner supervisors supporting students in the program. Nate has been involved with curriculum development, program development, serving on an educational program advisory board, and CACREP accreditation consultation.
Nate is also a staff therapist with The Family Institute at Northwestern University and has over a decade of direct professional counseling experience working with adults, young people, couples, individuals, and families. Various counseling experiences include private practice, wellness care advocacy (via managed care), community and group practice, alternative schools, residential counseling, psychiatric inpatient care, and church ministry outreach settings. Other work over the past 20 years reflect involvement in social services and ministry work. Areas of clinical specialty include international and cultural issues, clinical counselor supervision, crisis and trauma recovery, marriage, family, and parenting issues, Christian counseling, depression and anxiety, and grief and loss.
Nate remains actively involved in the counseling professional associations, including International Association for Counselling (IAC), American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), Illinois Counseling Association (ICA), and other divisions among these listed. Nate currently serves as the Treasurer with the Illinois Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ISERVIC), a committee member for the Illinois Counselor Education and Supervision (ICES), and as a group facilitator for the Practitioner’s Roundtable with IAC. Nate provides ongoing contributions to scholarly writing with presentations and publications on topics including children and adolescents, crisis and trauma recovery, counselor supervision, student development, and international counseling.
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