Don Smarto is an Ordained Baptist Minister (since 2007). He counseled families as a probation officer in the 18th Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois from 1978-1982.
He trained for two years under Dr. Raymond Robertson, a Chicago psychiatrist; a practicum equal to 200 hours of professionally supervised training (1978-1980).
Don completed two years of graduate studies in psychology at Rockhurst University (Missouri) resulting in Certification in Pastoral Formation (1970-1972).
At Northwestern University, Don studied with Dr. John Schwartzman in the area of Family Systems Counseling (40 hours) (1979).
At Sangamon State University, Don became a trainer of probation officers in the area of Family Systems Counseling (1980-1982).
Don taught criminal justice courses at Wheaton College for 12 years (1984 – 1997) incorporating the principles of Family Systems Counseling and Phototherapy in his teaching.
Don authored a feature article on Phototherapy with Adolescent Populations in Bakers Encyclopedia of Psychology, 1990. He has written articles for Christian Counseling Magazine.
Don was Director of the Sunburst Drug Abuse Program (from 1982 – 1984) an adolescent, residential drug abuse program that received national exposure on NBC News. He trained staff counselors, led group counseling sessions with youth and with parents.
Don is the author of 13 books. His book Lost and Found includes large sections on counseling and actual case studies (from his counseling experience). The book has been used as a college textbook.
Don is a member of The American Association of Christian Counselors.
He can be reached by email at or by phone (469) 222 – 6150