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Alan Owens


Associate Professor
Elgin Program Coordinator of MS Counseling Program

Programs/Classes Taught:

M.S. In Counseling


Theories of Counseling

Theories & Techniques of Group Counseling

Advanced Human Development

Counseling & Human Development in a Multicultural Society

Introduction to Theory & Practice of Family Therapy

Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Internship I

Internship II

Areas of Expertise:

Clinical Counseling, Assessment, and Practice Management


  • Marriage & Family therapy
  • Intensively trained in Dialectical  Behavioral Therapy
  • Teach behavioral  interventions strategies to improve parenting outcomes
  • Individual and Group counseling
  • Experience working with children, adolescents, and adults
  • Disaster Mental Health Counseling
  • Utilize behavioral  interventions and Rational  Recovery techniques to assist individuals with drug, alcohol, and other addictions
  • Private practice development and management
  • Supervised and trained clinical and technical staff in a variety of mental health settings. 

Alan has been intensively trained in A.R.T. (Aggression Replacement Training) and in DBT (Dialectic Behavioral Therapy).

Other specialized trainings include:

  • SACY – Sexually Aggressive Children & Youth
  • REBT – Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy
  • CERAP – Child Endangerment Risk Assessment Protocol
  • ACLSA – Ansell Casey Life Skills Assessment
  • Bipolar and Depression Diagnosis
  • School Based Mental Health Programs
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Trauma Based Disorders treatment
  • Crisis counseling


Alan Owens is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and has been an instructor at National Louis University for 10 years. Additionally, Alan owns Owens & Associates Counseling & Therapy Center, LLC.


Alan is a member of the Red Cross national disaster response team and has provided crisis counseling in response to numerous national and local disasters including the World Trade Center attack of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the Lincoln Park porch collapse in Chicago. Additionally, Alan utilizes his culinary skills and has volunteered for over 15 years supporting The Rockford Literacy Council as a “guest chef” for the “100 Men Who Cook” annual fundraiser.


  • B.A., Business Administration – Elmhurst College
  • M.S., Human Services-Counseling – National Louis University
  • D.Sc., Counseling Psychology – Rochville New York

Research and Interests:

Specific interest in the following modalities:



Existential Psychotherapy

Contact Information:

Alan Owens

620 Tollgate Rd., Elgin, IL 60123

Campus phone: 847.905.8026


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

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    Chicago, IL 60603
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

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    Elgin, IL 60123
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    Skokie, IL 60077
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