College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School of Counseling
M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Dr. Nick Erber-Lapierre's career in behavioral health began in 1998 in various clinical and rehabilitation settings and has been a counselor educator since 2016. Dr. Erber-LaPierre started out at Michigan State University earning a Bachelors' degree in Psychology, followed by earning a Master's degree in Community Counseling from Western Michigan University in 2006. In 2010, Dr. Erber-LaPierre began his studies at Walden University and graduated in 2015 with a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision.
Dr. Erber-LaPierre's 20+ year career has been divided between community mental health, hospital-based clinics, private practice, and SUD clinics mostly focused on adults with serious mental health disorders, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders. Dr. Erber-LaPierre also has specialized training and certification in addiction counseling, HIV, and trans-health navigation and advocacy. Dr. Erber-LaPierre primarily researches aspects of addiction and multicultural counseling in rural areas, particularly improving access for people seeking services in rural areas for addiction and LGBTQ health access and disparities.
Dr. Erber-LaPierre has been a member of the American Counseling Association since 2003, and various other divisions of the ACA throughout his career, based on current practice and interest areas. Currently, Dr. Erber-LaPierre is a member of the Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. In the past, Dr. Erber-LaPierre has served as Treasurer for the Michigan Counseling Association and President of the Licensed Professional Counselors of Northern Michigan.