Mark Berven is an intern in Vinland’s outpatient chemical health program. He is currently earning a degree in Addiction Studies from Hazelden Graduate School with an expected graduation date of December 2014.
What interests you about addiction studies?
It’s important to create a compassionate and tasteful world. I like to do that through client-centered services.
Why were you interested in an internship at Vinland?
Basically because Annette (Pearson, Outpatient Services Manager) gave a fabulous talk to our class. I wanted to work in outpatient but not just outpatient–outpatient with special populations.
What has been your most rewarding experience so far at Vinland?
The enthusiasm of the clients and the pride they have when they are able to gain some sober time.
What are your goals after graduation?
To begin practicing as an LADC and then segue into working as an LPCC.
What do you do in your spare time?
Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?
If you were immortal for a day, what would you do?
Travel in space.
What is your favorite book or movie (or both)?
Movie: Starwars Episode VI
What is your favorite quote?
“The planet doesn’t need more ‘successful people.’ The world desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.” –Dalai Lama
What is one question you wished more people asked you?
“Are you really going to eat that?”