Professional Bio


  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Counselor Education and Supervision, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, 2011
  • M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA, 1990
  • B.S., Psychobiology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 1988

The Regis Jesuit mission of social justice and care for the whole person (cura personalis) is an integral part of my life, and inseparable from my approach to academic leadership, clinical supervision and teaching. As Associate Dean for the Division of Counseling and Family Therapy, my focus is providing the most effective academic administrative leadership to guide our division successfully into the future. I am active in regional and national professional organizations that support Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists, and advocate for collaborative behavioral healthcare with a patient centered focus. My experience as an individual and group clinical supervisor includes facilitating practicum and internship for master’s degree students and supervision-of-supervision for doctoral-level clinicians. I have published supervision related articles in the California Therapist Magazine, titled “The Supervision Disclosure: Create a Real Document That You Can Use” and “Effective Group Supervision.” I am Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist, a CCE Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), CAMFT Certified Supervisor (California), and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor.

I am passionate about training future counselors and marriage and family therapists. I believe the person-of-the-counselor/therapist and their ability to develop therapeutic relationships is the most important aspect of effective behavioral health service. The wisdom of the counselor and the counseling relationship was the topic of my dissertation at University of Northern Colorado in Counselor Education and Supervision. My teaching and supervision experience includes Fuller Theological Seminary, University of Northern Colorado, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the College of Santa Fe.

My clinical experience includes over 25 years of practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist, specializing in adult, adolescent and couples therapy. I have practiced in a variety of settings, including adult and adolescent in-patient and residential treatment, private practice and community counseling agencies.

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    Clinical Certifications & Expertise

    Practice Licensure 
    • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), State of Colorado

    Practice Certifications

    • Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS)
    • Approved Supervisor, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) #21114

    Professional Memberships

    • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Clinical Fellow
    • Colorado Counseling Association (CCA), Past President
    • Alpha Sigma Nu

    Research and Scholarship

    Research Interests
    • Wisdom
    • Person-of-the Counselor
    • Therapeutic Relationships
    • Supervision

    Recent Publications

    Osterlund, L (2016). Developing wisdom in counselors of the future: Ignatian pedagogy applied to counselor education and supervision. Ideas and Research You Can Use: VISTAS 2016.

    Osterlund, L (2015).  An Experience that Forever Changed My Worldview. Jesuit Higher Education 4(2): 2-5.

    Osterlund, L (2015). Reflections on Heartland Delta VII: Balancing our Economic Realities with Our Call to the Margins.  Jesuit Higher Education 4(2): 153-159.

    Osterlund, L. C. (2014).  Wisdom in the counseling relationship.  Jesuit Higher Education, 3(2): 74-84.

    Osterlund, L. (2014). Graduate counseling students personal relationships need intentional consideration for success. VISTAS 2014.  Retrieved from

    Osterlund, L. C. Creative Supervision for Counselors Working with Couples and Families. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision; National Conference, Denver Colorado. (2013). 

    Osterlund, L. Supervision II:  Internal structures of supervision. Instructor for continuing education course offered by California Association for Marriage for Marriage and Family Therapists.  Costa Mesa, CA. (June 2013). 

    Osterlund, L. C., & Mack, M. (2011). Promoting advocacy and leadership in counselor education through an innovative student and alumni association.

    Reynolds, J., & Osterlund, L. C. (2011). Advocating for Military Families: A Counselor Education Model for Promoting a Culture of Advocacy and Action. Retrieved from vistas/vistas11/Article_17.pdf

    Numbers, M., Osterlund, L., & Ungvarsky, J. (2011). Military spouses: The overlooked, underpaid, and stressed-out casualties of war.

    Recent Presentations

    Osterlund L, Nash JD, Duggan C, Huntington J, Davis A.  Establishing Core Competencies for Behavioral Health Providers Working in Primary Care.  Colorado Mental Health Professionals Conference, Denver, Colorado, Platform Presentation. April 23, 2016.

    Osterlund LC, Huntington J. Leadership Training for Counselors in a Changing Health Care Environment. Colorado Counseling Association Annual Conference. Denver, CO:  Platform. April 9- 10, 2015.

    Osterlund, L. C. (September 2013).  Creative Supervision Strategies for Counselors Working with Couples and Families.  ACES National Conference: Promoting Unity While Affirming Diversity.  Denver, CO.

    Osterlund, L. C., Jordan, L., Martin, J. (2013). Creative Approaches in Clinical Supervision: Applicable to University, Community Agency, and Private Practice Settings; 3-Hour pre-conference workshop.  Colorado Counseling Association Annual Conference: Colorado Counselor’s Let’s Hear Your Voice.  Denver, CO.

    Osterlund, L. C. (2012).  The Smart Counselor: A Counselor's Personal Relationships Need Intentional Consideration for Success.  Western Association for Counselor Education & Supervision: A Strong Past, A Bright Future. Portland, OR.

    Osterlund, L. C. & Forbes, L. (2012). The Leadership Skills of the Counselor: The Impact of Leadership on the Counseling Relationship and Counselor Self-Efficacy. Colorado Counseling Association Annual Conference: Imagine...Colorado Counselors Moving Forward, Looking Back. Denver, CO.

    Osterlund, L. C. & Forbes, L. (2012). Counselor Leadership Skills, Counseling Relationships and Counselor Self-Efficacy. 38th Advanced International Winter Symposium; Addictive Disorders, Behavioral Health, and Mental Health. Colorado Springs, CO.

    Reynolds, J., Osterlund, L. C., & Ungvarsky, J. J. (2011). Military families and wartime stress: Implications for counseling. American Counseling Association National Conference and Exposition. New Orleans, LA.

    Osterlund, L., Numbers, M., & Ungvarsky, J. J. (2011). Spouses supporting spouses: Counseling group for spouses of deployed soldiers. American Counseling Association National Conference and Exposition. New Orleans, LA.

    Ungvarsky, J. J., Osterlund, L. C., & Numbers, M. (2011). Spouses Supporting Spouses: Counseling Groups for Spouses of Deployed Soldiers. Psychotherapy Associates Annual Winter Symposium. Colorado Springs, CO.

    Awards and Recognition

    • Colorado Springs Health Foundation: Behavioral Health Counseling for Military Couples, Children and Families, $50,000, 2016   


    • Regis University, Mission Award, September 2011
    • Regis University, Nominated: President’s Service Award, April 2011
    • Colorado Counseling Association (CCA), Past President sevice Award 2014; Distinguished Counselor Educator Award, March 2011
    • University of Northern Colorado, Nominated for Outstanding Dissertation: The Wisdom of the Counselor and the Counselor’s Perception of the Therapeutic Working Alliance, 2011


    Community Involvement & Service

    Service to Students and University

    • Academic Policy and Planning Committee, Regis University, 2014-2017
    • Cultivate Health Steering Committee, RHCHP Regis University, 2013-2015
    • Committee on Rank, Chair, College for Professional Studies Regis University, 2013
    • School of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean Search Committee, College for Professional Studies Regis University, 2012

    Service to Community

    • Regis Neighborhood Health, inaugural Board of Directors, 2015-present
    • Tri- Lakes Chapel, training and development for Lay Counseling Ministry Program, on-going supervision and consultation for training and crisis issues, Monument, CO, February 2005-present