Restoring Community


Frida Rundell, Ph.D., LPC, is a founding IIRP faculty member and professor. A committed teacher and practitioner, she brings extensive experience in Narrative and Solution-Focused Therapies to restorative practices and supports her students in mastering competencies related to Life-Space Crisis Intervention, adversity and trauma. Dr. Rundell also works directly with young people and their families and is involved with training and workshops for teachers and counselors in the IIRP model programs. Her current work involves using somatic experience to help traumatized children and families.

Dr. Rundell has more than 50 years of experience working with children and families facing adversity, from youth with learning difficulties to those who are homeless, disabled, delinquent or suffering from AIDS. She initiated and developed an undergraduate degree program for child- and youth-care professionals at Durban University of Technology, South Africa. She has also worked with IIRP community-based programs.

Dr. Rundell is committed to empowering people and helping them achieve their potential. She has presented her work at seminars, workshops and international conferences in over 10 countries. She earned her Master in Educational Psychology from the University of Natal, South Africa, and her Ph.D. in Community Psychology from the University of Zululand, South Africa. She is a licensed professional counselor in the USA.

Dr. Rundell recently coauthored a chapter titled “Managing trauma: A restorative process” in the book Refugee education: Integration and acceptance of refugees in mainstream society. View a list of Dr. Rundell's publications and presentations.