Profession: Marriage & Family Counselor, MA, LCPC

Educational Information

BA Psychology: Governors State University MA Marriage & Family Counseling: Governors State University

Current Occupation

Marriage & Family Counselor Owner & Executive Director: LifeWork Counseling Center, Oak Brook, IL University Lecturer: Governors State University.

Other Professional Distinctions

Nominated and selected Student Speaker for 2005 Commencement Services at Governors State University Member of Chi-Sigma Iota

Contributing Author/Published Chapters

Olund, D. (2007) How to defeat a giant: Using spiritual stories to empower children.  In   Heckner, L., Sori. C. (Eds.) (2007). The therapist notebook, vol. 2. Binghampton, NY: The Hawthorne Press, Inc. Dermer, S., Olund, D., & Sori, C. (2006).  Integrating play in family therapy theories. In Sori, C. (Eds.) (2006). Engaging children in family therapy: Creative approaches to integrating theory and research in clinical practice. New York: Routledge Press. Olund, D. (2011). Honor thy parents? A religious perspective on poisonous parenting.  In Dunham, S., Dermer, S., Carlson, J. (Eds.) (2011). Poisonous parenting: Toxic relationships between parents and their adult children. (In print.) New York: Routledge Press.

Areas of Professional Interest

Professional interests include specializing in marriage and family counseling, helping families adjust to lifecycle changes, particularly those with parent and adolescent transitions. In addition, Don specializes in play therapy and is a contributing author in two recent clinical books on the subject.  He also specializes in integrating spirituality and counseling and is a contributing author on the subject. Prior to entering professional counseling, he served twenty years in pastoral ministry.  Additionally, he enjoys public speaking in various formats including workshops, seminars and special topics related to relationships, parenting, and personal growth.