Professional Bio

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Counselor Education and Supervision Minor in Applied Statistics and Research Methods, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado, 2011
  • Master of Arts (M.A.), Marriage and Family Therapy, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, 1990
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Psychobiology, College of Letters and Science University of California, Los Angeles, California, 1988

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Certifications and Expertise

Clinical Certifications
  • Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS); Center for Credentialing and Education, Certificate ACS00544, August 2006 
  • Colorado State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (CO License 693 renewed active), Nov 2004 
  • CAMFT Certified Supervisor (California), April 2004 
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor, 21114, February 2001

Professional Memberships

  • American Counseling Association (ACA) - ACES Professional Member; Rocky Mountain Association of Counselor Educators andSupervisors (RMACES); International Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (IAMFC)
  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

Research and Scholarship

Research Interests
  • Ignatian pedagogy applied to counselor education and supervision
  • Advocating for Military Families

Recent Publications

Osterlund, L. C. (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. C., Bohat, K. J., & Phillips, K. (2015). 2015 Heartland Delta Virtual Conference. Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal, 4(2), 153-159

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

Osterlund, L. & Mack, M. (2014). Graduate counseling students personal relationships need intentional consideration for success. VISTAS 2014. vistas/article_06.pdf

Osterlund, L. C. (2011). The wisdom of the counselor and the counselor’s perception of the therapeutic working alliance. (Dissertation; University of Northern Colorado).

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

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

Recent Presentations

Peer Reviewed International Conference Presentations

Osterlund, L. (2015). Developing Wisdom in Counselors of the Future: Ignatian Pedagogy Applied to Counselor Education and Supervision. ACES Leadership for Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Practice. Philadelphia, PA October 7-11, 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. & 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.

Osterlund, L. C., Alvarez, R., Bancroft, A., & Hill, A. (2010). A collaborative approach to counseling military couples. AAMFT National Conference. Atlanta, GA.

Osterlund, L. C. (2009). The Wise Counselor: Wisdom and the Counseling Relationship. ACA National Conference and Exposition. Charlotte, NC.

Medina, S. L. & Osterlund, L. C. (2009). Common Pitfalls of Novice Couples Counselors. ACA National Conference and Exposition. Charlotte, NC.

Peer Reviewed Regional Conference Presentations

Osterlund, L., Davis, A., Duggan, C., Huntington, J., & Nash, J. (2016, April). Establishing core competencies for behavioral health providers working in primary care. Paper presented at Colorado Mental Health Professionals Conference. Denver, CO.

Osterlund, L., Huntington, J., & Raley, K. (2015, March). Leadership Training Mini-Intensive for Counselors in a Changing Health Care Environment. Colorado Counseling Association Annual Conference. Denver, CO.

Osterlund, L. & Campbell, M. (2014, November). Serving the Underserved: Counselors Making a Positive Impact in a Changing Society. Building Bridges to Inclusion Conference. Regis University, 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 preconference 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.

Awards and Recognition


  • 2009-2010 Arnold Luker Psychology/Counseling Scholarship Award, UNC
  • 2008-2009 Cross Family Foundation Scholarship Award, UNC


  • 2017 Colorado Springs Health Foundation: Behavioral Health Counseling for Military Couples, Children and Families (Awarded $67,500)
  • 2016 Colorado Springs Health Foundation: Behavioral Health Counseling for Military Couples, Children and Families (Awarded $50,000
  • 2011 Research and writing for grant proposal to El Pomar Foundation and Homefront Cares/Army Wounded Warriors Program (Awarded $50,000)


  • September 2016 Outstanding Leadership; Colorado Counseling Association
  • April 2016 Nominated; Outstanding Leadership Award, RHCHP, Regis University
  • March 2015 Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society, Honorary Faculty Member
  • April 2015 Past-President Award, Colorado Counseling Association,2008-2009 Cross Family Foundation Scholarship Award, UNC Service
  • September 2011 Mission Award, Graduate Counseling Program, Regis University May 2011 Nominated: Outstanding Dissertation Award, UNC, Greeley, CO
  • April 2011 Nominated: President’s Service Award, Regis University
  • March 2011 Distinguished Counselor Educator Award 2010-2011; Colorado Counseling Association
  • October 2009 ACES Emerging Leader; ACES Recognition, Leadership Training
  • September 2009 Advocacy in Counseling Award, Graduate Counseling Program, Regis University
  • July 2007 Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society; Rho Upsilon Chi Chapter Member in Good Standing
  • March 2007 Excellence in Teaching Award, Graduate Counseling Program, Regis University

Community Involvement and Service

Service to Profession
  • Colorado Counseling Association (CCA) - Past-President; Awarded “Best Leadership” and 5-Star Branch 2014-2016; President – Awarded “Best Innovative Branch” and 5-Star Branch 2013-2014; President –Elect; conference chair 2012-2013

Service to University and College

  Regis University-wide

  • Spring 2018 Search committee member; Academic Dean, College for Contemporary Liberal Studies
  • Fall 2017-Spring 2018 Leadership Academy, Coach
  • Fall 2017- Spring 2018 Faculty Leadership Mentor
  • Fall 2016 – present Master Planning Committee Member
  • Spring 2016 – present Co-Chair, Higher Learning Commission Assessment Committee for Criterion 5
  • Fall 2015 – 2016 Criterion 3 (2015-2016), Criterion 4 liaison (2015-2016).
  • Fall 2015 Search Committee Member; Provost
  • Fall 2014 – 2017 Academic Policy and Planning Committee (APPC), renamed Regis University Academic Council (RUAC), fall 2016. Elected faculty representative for Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions.

  College Level

  • Fall 2013 – 2016 Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions Academic Council; Academic Leadership Council, renamed Academic Leadership Collaborative, Fall 2016.
  • Fall 2012 Search Committee Member; College for Professional Studies; Humanities and Social Sciences Dean, Search Committee Member
  • Fall 2012 Chair, Committee on Rank; College for Professional Studies

  Division Level

  • May 2015 Participated in CACREP re-accreditation process, granted accreditation for Clinical Mental Health Counseling for 8 years.
  • 2009-2011 Leader for the Colorado Springs campus military development taskforce; created the SALUTE SMART (Support Military at Regis Taskforce). Awarded two Veteran’s Administration work study positions.
  • 2009-2011 Committee participation for COAMFTE self-study and integration of 2009 CACREP standards for re-accreditation for Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree.
  • 2007 – 2010 Faculty advisor for Regis Alumni and Student Counseling Association (RASCA)

Service to Profession

  • 2017 CACREP accreditation site review for a Western region university.
  • 2016 American Psychological Association, Military Psychology; ad hoc peer review.
  • 2013 Cengage (Brooks/Cole Publishing) Gehart; Theory and Treatment Planning in Family Therapy, 1st edition; peer review.
  • 2013, 2016 Colorado Counseling Association Conference, Annual Conference Proposal; peer review.
  • 2012 Family Therapy Journal; ad hoc peer review for military topics.

Service to Community

  • Clinica Tepeyac - Present Board of Directors, President; Chair, Financial Committee and Executive Committee
  • July 2014 – January 2016 National Ignatian Colleagues Program (ICP) Cohort 7. El Salvador Immersion experience February 2015; silent retreat, July 2015 Manresa, MI; January 2016 capstone project, West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Fall 2015 - current Board of Directors, Regis Neighborhood Health; Member, Executive Committee, Denver, Colorado
  • January 2015-2016 American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Team (co-Lead 12/15), and Disaster Action Team; Colorado-Wyoming Region
  • February 2005-August 2009 Training and development for Lay Counseling Ministry Program. Supervision and consultation for training and crisis issues. Tri-Lakes Chapel, Monument, Colorado
  • August 2002-July 2004 Training and development for Lay Counseling Ministry Program. Supervision and consultation for training and crisis issues. Hope Baptist Church, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1995-2000 Training and development of Recovery Ministry Program. Supervision and consultation for crisis issues. Community Presbyterian Church and Bible Fellowship, Ventura, CA