Areas of Expertise:

Narrative Therapy, Trauma Facilitation, Developmental Psychology, Co-vision



Dr. Frida C. Rundell, is a founding IIRP faculty member and professor. A committed teacher and practitioner, she brings extensive experience of Narrative and Solution-Focused Therapies to the understanding of restorative practices. Professor Frida supports her students in mastering competencies related to life-space crisis intervention, adversity and trauma. Frida works directly with youth and families in her private practice as a counselor and consultant. She mentors and presents workshops for teachers, counselors and parents. Her current work involves using somatic experiences to help traumatized children and families heal. Her major purpose is in creating healing spaces where listening and compassionate witnessing allow vulnerability and growth. Her co-vision groups provide that healing space for professionals.

Frida has more than 55 years of experience working with children and families facing a range of adversity and learning difficulties. She initiated and developed an undergraduate program for child-and-youth care professionals at Durban University of Technology in South Africa. She has also worked with IIRP community-based programs.

Frida 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 Masters 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.

Frida’s current publication, The Art of Narrative, is a guide in facilitating stories.

Selected Publications:
  • Rundell, F. C. (2021, Summer). Processing trauma using the Relational Care Ladder. IIRP Presidential Paper Series, 4, 1-20.
  • Rundell, F., Sheety, A., & Negrea, V. (2018). Managing trauma: A restorative process. In E. Sengupta & P. Blessinger (Eds.), Refugee education: Integration and acceptance of refugees in mainstream society (pp. 17-31). Emerald Publishing.
  • Sheety, A., & Rundell, F. (2012). A PLG (professional learning group): How to stimulate learners’ engagement in problem solving. US-China Education Review A, 5, 497-503.
  • Rundell, F. (2007). “Re-storying-ing” our restorative practices. Reclaiming Children and Youth, 16(2), 52-59.
  • Rundell, F. C. (2004). In search of the soul of Africa: From the president’s desk. Papers from the SAAMFT 9th Annual Conference. SAAMFT National Office.
  • Rundell, F. (1998). Co-vision: An alternate to supervision. In S. Shuda, R. Mauer, A. R. Haarhoff, & D. Haarhoff (Eds.). One nation, many families. Gender, hope and training: Papers from the 8th International Conference of SAAMFT. Creda Communications.


  • The Grief Sisters Podcast
    During this insightful and helpful episode, you’ll hear from Prof. Frida Rundell, a teacher, special needs teacher, and professor at the IIRP Graduate School.
  • A Rainbow of Wisdom
    Frida C. Rundell shares how wisdom arrived through past experiences.


Courses Taught:

RP 550 Transforming Relational Harm

RP 625 Restorative Practices in Life Space Crisis Intervention

RP 635 Narrative Inquiry for Facilitators

RP 645 Transgenerational Resilience and Community Striving.