Dr. Bonnie VanderWal

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  • Ph.D., counseling psychology, Western Michigan University
  • M.A., counseling psychology, Western Michigan University
  • B.S, psychology, Grand Valley State University

Professional Experience

  • Staff counselor, Student Counseling Services, Illinois State University
  • Staff counselor, Center for Counseling and Psychological Services, Western Michigan University
  • Teaching assistant, Counseling Techniques, Western Michigan University
  • Adjunct instructor, Diversity in Society and First Year Seminar,  Davenport University

Professional Involvement

  • American Psychological Association
    • Division 17: Society of Counseling Psychology
    • Division 35: Society for the Psychology of Women
    • Division 44: Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
    • Division 45: Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race
    • Division 49: Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy
  • National Multicultural Conference and Summit
  • American College Counseling Association
  • American College Counseling Association Annual Conference, Savannah, GA, 2023
    • Presentation: Changing course without losing direction:  One center’s flexible, efficient, and sustainable response to meeting rising student mental health needs.
  • Certified QPR for suicide prevention, Gatekeeper instructor

Campus Involvement

  • GROW Advocacy Council
  • Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Certified Facilitator
  • Culture Champion Award
  • Culture Coordinator for Quality Initiative

Approach to Wellness

  • Time in nature: biking, walking, hiking; swimming in Lake Michigan
  • Watching, playing and attending sporting events
  • Relationships with friends and family
  • Finding the humor in life
  • Relaxing with her cat
  • Listening to music

Why I Love Hope

Bonnie (she/her) loves being in the presence of and getting to work with such amazing students and colleagues. The job opening brought her here, but the relationships are why she stays. Bonnie values the commitment to continuously improve our campus culture so that all may feel included and celebrated. She appreciates the responsibility to keep building a strong and vibrant community inspired to make an impact in our world.

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Dr. Bonnie VanderWal

Phone Number616.395.7945

Bultman Student Center 115 East 12th Street Holland, MI 49423
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