At Indiana Wesleyan University, our Graduate Counseling programs are designed to offer a Christ-centered approach to improving your craft as a practitioner in counseling-related professions. Our faculty members are recognized leaders in the field; many of them currently practice the trade, conduct research, and regularly contribute to scholarly literature. Your learning experience here will take you far beyond basic counseling theory to implement innovative evidence-based practices in your own practice.

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Donald Osborn, MA, PhD Asst Prof; Graduate Counseling | Director; Addictions Studies Center donald.osborn@indwes.edu


Biographical Background:

Dr. Osborn (Dr.Oz) is ordained as a minister in the Christian Church/Church of Christ, and has served as Youth and Senior Minister. His involvement in ministry and counseling spans three decades in the areas of addiction, mental health and martial and family therapy. He has professional experience as a Psychiatric Case Manager, Clinical Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, Program Director, and Medical Administrative Officer in community mental health and government. 

His research publications are in the areas of treatment, scope of practice, ethics, supervision, program administration, policy development, and curriculum in higher education. He has also been sought after as a national consultant and speaker to corporations, schools, state and federal government agencies, churches and conferences.

He is certified as a National Board Certified Counselor, Master Addiction Counselor, and Nationally Certified Psychologist. He hold memberships in the Indiana Association of Addiction Professionals (IAAP),the National Association of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors (NAADAC),the American Counseling Association (ACA), The Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), the Indiana Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (IAMFT), the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) of which he is a Clinical Member. He also holds licenses in Clinical Addictions, Mental Health, Clinical Social Work and Marital/Family Therapy in Indiana.

Professor Osborn has served as the National President of NAADAC, and two terms as Regional Vice President. He is now NAADAC Past President, and Past Chairman of the National Addiction Studies and Standards Accreditation Committee (NASAC). He has also served as a member of the American Society of Addictions Medicine's (ASAM) Diagnostic and Addiction Treatment Criteria Committee. In 2011 Professor Osborn was selected to lead the first US delegation of addiction and mental health treatment professionals and educators to Cuba, to review treatment facilities and practices. Dr.Osborn also serves on the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensure Board.


  • B.A., 1979, Lincoln Christian University (Christian Ministries)
  • M.S., 1984, Indiana State University (Counseling)
  • M.A., 1987, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (Theology)
  • Ph.D., 2013, Indiana State University (Guidance & Psychological Services:Specialization in Counselor Education and Clinical Supervision)

Post Graduate Education

  • Addictions Counseling, Vincennes University
  • Marital and Family Therapy, Indiana State University
  • Psychological Appraisal, Indiana State University



Senior Fulbright Scholar in Addictions/NAADAC Trainers Academy

Research Interests

  • Ethics and Law in Behavioral and Social Sciences 
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Integration Issues in Psychology and Theology
  • Addictions Studies in Higher Education
  • Diagnosis and Treatment in Addictions/Mental Health
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Professional Development of Students
  • Eitiology and Personfication of Evil in Humans in Clinical and Spiritual Manifestations
  • Professional Practice Standards and Licensure
  • Professional Consultation
  • Marital and Family Therapy
  • Exegetical application of Christian scripture to understanding and healing of the human condition in therapy. 
  • Christian and Church Justice Issues


Osborn, D. P. (2010-2012) Several Presidential Articles for The Addiction Professional

Osborn , D. P. (2011) Journey to a Profession. The Addiction Professional, 4, 32-38

Osborn. , D. P. (2008) Building a Curriculum. The Addiction Professional. 3, 8-19

Osborn. , D. P. (2007) The Noah Syndrome: A Change Is About To Come. The Indiana Association for Addictions Counselors Connection.

Osborn. , D. P. (2007) Online Education Considerations for Addictions Counselors. NAADAC News and Notes.

Freeman, A.  Morgillo-Freeman, S., & Osborn, D.P. (2006) Substance Misuse: An Issue of Degree Assessment and Empathy. In A. Freeman & S. Morgillo-Freeman (Eds.) Cognitive Behavior Therapy For Clinical Social Work. Springer Publishing,New York,New York


Osborn, D.P. (2013) National Accreditation Standards for Addictions Studies in Higher Education. NAADAC National Conference, Atlanta, Georgia

Osborn, D.P. (2013) Substance Abuse and Collegiate Athletics; Don’t be an A-Rod. Huntington University Athletic Department, Huntington, Indiana.

Osborn, D.P. (2013) Sexual Addiction and Cyber-sex Clients. Spring Conference of the Indiana Counseling Association. Terre Haute, Indiana

Osborn, D.P. (2012) The Discrimination Model of Clinical Supervision. Preparing for Practice and Application. Indiana Wesleyan University Clinical Supervisors Seminar. Indianapolis, Indiana.

Osborn, D.P. (2012) Training Standards for Accreditation Evaluators. NAADAC National Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana

Osborn, D.P. (2012) Accreditation Update on the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission. NAADAC National Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana

Osborn, D.P. (2012) Opportunities in the Profession of Addictions Counseling. Susan Li Conference on Addictions. Indianapolis, Indiana

Osborn, D.P. (2012) Counting the Cost of Counseling. Iota Sigma Upsilon Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota Spring Initiation. Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana

Kaplan, L. Moreno-Tuohy, C. & Osborn, D.P. (2012) Workforce Issues for the Addiction Profession. Advocacy in Action Conference, Alexandria, Virginia.

Osborn, D.P. (2012) Evaluating the Academic Preparation of Addiction Counselors in Indiana for Professional Practice. Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Indianapolis, Indiana.

Osborn, D.P. (2012) How Did we Get Here? : The Current Practice of Addiction Counseling. The North Carolina School for Addiction Studies, Winter School 2012. Greensboro, North Carolina.

Osborn, D. P. (2011) Critical Factors in Group Counseling. Arizona State Addictions Conference. Phoenix, Arizona

Osborn, D.P. (2011) The Discrimination Model of Clinical Supervision. Preparing for Practice and Application. The Indiana Association of Addiction Professional. Indianapolis, Indiana.

Campbell, C. Osborn, D.P. & Beckett, S.M. (2011) Staying Informed: Trends in the Addiction Profession. National webinar for the National Association of Addiction Professionals. Alexandria, Virginia.

Osborn, D.P., Reading, E., Meyers, P., & Bowden, K. (2011) Moving toward Academic Standards and Accreditation in Higher Education for the Addiction Profession. National Addiction Disorder Confernce. San Diego, California

Osborn, D.P., Reading, E., Meyers, P., & Bowden, K. (2011) Issues in Legislation and Professional Licensure. National Addiction Disorders Conference. San Diego, California

Osborn, D.P. (2011) Opportunities in Addiction Studies in Higher Education. Susan Li Conference on Addictions. Indianapolis, Indiana.

Osborn, D.P. (2010) The Four Pillars of Leadership in Addictions Counseling, Southwest Regional Conference on Addictions. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Osborn, D.P. (2010) Battle for the Mind: More Than You Ever Bargained? Reclaim Conference. Indianapolis, Indiana.

Osborn, D.P. (2009) Critical Factors in Group Counseling. Indiana Department of Family and Social Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Indianapolis, Indiana

Osborn, D.P. (2009) Addiction Studies in Higher Education and Collaboration in the Profession of Addictions Counseling. The Dr. Lonnie Mitchell Behavioral Health Policy Academy. Washington D.C.

Osborn, D.P. (2008) Sexual Addiction and Cyber-sex Clients. Spring Conference of theIndianaAssociation for Marriage and Family Therapy. Indianapolis, Indiana

Osborn, D. P. (2008) Addiction Studies and Standards in Higher Education and the Impact on the Profession of Addictions Counseling. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Curriculum Development: Enhancing Capacity-Building and Infrastructure Development. Historically Black Colleges and Universities Curriculum Development Scholars’ Regional Workshop. Charlotte, North Carolina.

Osborn, D.P. & Campbell, J. (2007) Critical Factors in Group Counseling. Journey Together 2007 National Conference. The National Association for Addiction Professionals, Nashville,TN.

Osborn, D.P. (2007) Assessment Issues in Client Diversity in the Clinical Practice of Addictions. Fifth Annual Integrating the Sacred and Secular Treatment Of Addiction. ”Scientific, Theological & Clinical Perspectives”. Southeast Technology TransferCenter, National Center for Primary Care. Moorehouse College of Medicine, Atlanta, GA.

Campbell, J., & Osborn, D.P. (2007) Critical Factors in Group Counseling. TheIndianaAssociation For Addiction Professionals, Spring Conference. Indianapolis, IN.

Campbell, J., & Osborn, D.P. (2006) Group Psychotherapy 101: An Introduction to Yalom. University of Evansville Institute of Alcohol and Drug Studies. Evansville, IN.


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