Dr. Del Donaldson
Email: Dr.Del.Donaldson@Gmail.com
Phone: (605) 323-9056


July, 1998- June, 2013 Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy, Sioux Falls Seminary (Tenured July, 1998)

January, 1993- June, 2013 Private practice as a marriage and family therapist, Sioux Falls Psychological Services. Licensed as a marriage and family therapist, and as a qualified mental health professional (see below)

January, 1999- June, 2012 Director of the Graduate Programs in Counseling and Family Therapy, Sioux Falls Seminary

1996- 1997 Co- Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Sioux Falls Seminary

July, 1995- June, 1998 Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy, Sioux Falls Seminary

January, 1993- June, 1995 Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy, Sioux Falls Seminary

1992 Director of the Advanced Supervised Training Program (ASTP) in Marriage and Family Therapy, Greenwood Counseling Associates, Greenwood, Indiana

1989-1992 Marriage and Family Therapist and Director of Christian Counseling Services, Crawfordsville and Indianapolis, Indiana

1978-1988 Marriage and Family Therapist and Director of the Indiana Region of Christian Counseling Centers, Inc., Crawfordsville and Indianapolis, Indiana

1980-1984 Consultant on Marriage and Family Issues, Indiana Childrens’ Christian Home, Ladoga, Indiana

1977-1978 Triage Counselor, Department of Community and Social Psychiatry, University of Louisville Medical Center, Louisville, Kentucky

1976-1977 Psychiatric Aide, Norton Psychiatric Clinic, Norton Childrens’ Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky

1970-1972 Associate Minister, South Fork Church of Christ, Rochester, Illinois


D. Min. University of Dubuque (Iowa) Theological Seminary, 1982
Major Project and Dissertation: The Integration of Theology and Marriage and Family
Therapy in the Thought and Practice of
Wayne E. Oates, Ph.D.
Advisor: William J. Hiebert, D.Min., LMFT

M.Div. Lincoln Christian Seminary (Illinois), 1976
Major: New Testament Studies

A.B. Lincoln Christian University (Illinois), 1972
Majors: Christian Ministry, Christian Missions

1995-1996, Post- Graduate Study
2001-2002 Sioux Falls Seminary

1989-1990 Supervision in Professional Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy. This program of continuing education was initiated with Fred P. Piercy, Ph.D. , an AAMFT Clinical Member, Fellow, and Approved Supervisor. Dr. Piercy is a former director of training for the Ph.D. program in MFT at Purdue University. He now teaches at Virginia Tech. University while serving as the current editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.

1983 Supervision of Marriage and Family Therapy Supervision. This credentialing process involved thirty-six hours of approved supervision with two MFT trainees over the course of a year. My supervision was provided by Douglas H. Sprenkle, Ph.D. , an AAMFT Clinical Member, Fellow, and Approved Supervisor. Dr. Sprenkle is the MFT doctoral program director as well as Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Purdue University. He is a former editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.

1981- 1982 Marriage and Family Therapy Supervision. This course of supervision focused on developing a method for correlating theologically informed ways of understanding and responding to the practice of marriage and family therapy. My supervision was provided by Wayne E. Oates, Ph.D. Now deceased, Dr. Oates was an AAMFT Clinical Member, Fellow, and Approved Supervisor. He served as a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of ouisville School of Medicine, as well as Distinguished Professor of the Psychology of Religion, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

1978-1980 Post-Graduate Study in the Departments of Psychology, Communication, and Child Development and Family Studies, Purdue University.

1978-1980 Clinical Supervision in the Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy, Marriage and Family Counseling Service, Rock Island, Illinois. During this experience I received two hundred hours of approved supervision from C. Bruce Grossman, MSSA, and William J. Hiebert, D.Min. Both of these persons are AAMFT Clinical Members, Fellows, and Approved Supervisors. Dr. Hiebert is the General Secretary for the International Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

1977-1978 Training in Family Therapy, The Family Therapy Institute,Cincinnati, Ohio. This program of instruction through lecture, guided reading , and simulated family interviews was led by Ernest E. Andrews, MSW.

1976-1977 Clinical Pastoral Education (Four Units). Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Louisville Medical Center, Louisville, Kentucky. I was supervised by Wayne E. Oates, Ph..D. and two supervisors-in–training: Roger Harano, D.Min. and James Berbiglia, STM.


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – State of South Dakota (LMFT# 1096)

Qualified Mental Health Professional – State of South Dakota (QMHP)

Clinical Fellow, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

Approved Supervisor, AAMFT

Member, Marriage Friendly Therapists: An Advanced Practitioner Network

Ordained Minister, Christian Church (North American Christian Convention)


a) Presentations

A Pastor’s Guide to Families the Second Time Around
Building An Intentional Marriage
Couples and Destructive Conflict: Side-stepping the Four Horsemen of the
Decision-Based Forgiveness and Marital Infidelity
Elements of Severe Congregational Pain: Some Symptoms and Some Causes
Grief , Suicide, and the Holidays
How to be Tough and Loving with the Families of Troubled Adolescents
Important Lessons Small Things Have Taught Me
Keeping A Pure Heart in the Ministry
Love Lessons for Grown-Up Marriages
Managing Difficult Cases in the Church
Managing Difficult Cases:Working with Challenging Adolecents and Their Parents
Ministering to Aging Families
Ministering to Hurting People
Ministry to the Chronically Ill and Their Family
Ministry to the Infertile Couple
Providing Healing for Hurting Marriages and Divorced Families
Rituals in Times of Transition and Tension
Structural Family Therapy with the Poor
Special Concerns of the Minister’s Family
Suggestions for Managing Conflict in the Church
Suggestions for Managing Stress
Suicide Prevention: What the Christian Community Needs to Know
The Christian Counselor in Today’s Church
The Shared Experience of Illness: Ministry to the Families of Alzheimer’s Patients
The Systemically Informed Pastor as a Leader
Understanding and Intervening When People in the Church Drop Out
When and How to Refer for Counseling
What Children Need From Their Parents

b) Sermons

A Motivation for Christian Living
Ephesians 4:22-32

Finding Joy in Difficult Ascents
Psalm 121

Managing Front Porch Temptations
Luke 4: 1-13

Putting Flesh On Love
John 21: 1-19

Relishing the Story Behind the Story
Luke 2: 1-7

The Big Bumps of Christian Family Life
Matthew 5: 45, Hebrews 10: 38

The Servant Life-Style
Phillipians 2: 1-11

What Can We Do To Heal Failed and Failing Relationships?
Matthew 18: 15-35

Why Doesn’t God Answer Our Prayers?
Job 30: 20, Isaiah 55: 8-9

c) Publications

Donaldson, Del (1994). Imaging the directives of God in therapy.
Koinonia Annual 1: 49-61.

Periodic contributions to the Sioux Falls Seminary advent devotional booklets distributed to churches.


Periodically interviewed on KNWC radio.

Periodic speaker/ workshop leader in churches.

Consultant to the chaplains at Sanford Hospital until a new director of the chaplaincy program could be secured (12/04/02 – 6/30/03).

Adult Sunday School Teacher, Oakwood Park Christian Church , Sioux Falls,
South Dakota.

Presenter at the Veterans’ Administration Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on the subject of: Treating Marital Infidelity in Military Families (4/03/09).

Periodic server at The Banquet in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Marriage Enrichment Retreat Speaker/ Facilitator, Inspiration Hills Camp & Retreat Center (10/29 – 10/30/10).

Elder, Oakwood Park Christian Church, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


Missionary Intern, Southern Mexico (Summer, 1970).

Speaker and marriage and family therapist, Beijing International Christian
Fellowship, Beijing, China (4/26/02 – 5/10/02).

Speaker, marriage enrichment retreat leader, and marriage and family therapist, Beijing (China) International Christian Fellowship. During this experience I presented a professional paper on:’ The Implications of China’s One Child Policy for Families’ to a group of mental health professionals, as well as preaching one Sunday morning for the Tianjin International Christian Fellowship (9/24/03 – 10/12/03).

Relief Worker on the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina (March, 2006).

Mission worker under the auspices of Mission-Haiti. I also taught a pastoral care course for rural Haitian pastors titled: Ministering to Hurting People (January, 2012).


I designed and regularly taught the following graduate level courses at Sioux Falls Seminary:

Principles and Techniques of Systemic Therapy I
Principles and Techniques of Systemic Therapy II
Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Treatment of Marital Problems
Therapy for Divorcing and Remarried Families
Medical Issues in Family Therapy
Human Sexuality
Existential and Spiritual Issues in Systemic Therapy
Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy
Supervised Therapy
Family Systems and the Counseling Minister


I designed and directed the following degree/ certificate programs during my 20 years of service at Sioux Falls Seminary:

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT)
Master of Arts in Counseling (MACO)
Master of Divinity with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy (MDIV/MFT)
Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy
Certificate in Pastoral Family Therapy