Mr. Soland’s first job post bachelor’s degree (1977)
was at the Traymour Halfway House in Chicago, IL.
He worked there as a psychiatric aide helping
schizophrenic patients return to their families and
community after their long term psychiatric
hospitalization(s). After that he worked for the
Illinois Department of Aging as a Geriatric Social
Worker (1978). In 1979, he was employed as a full-time bartender, where he says he received great clinical training and was able to save enough money to pursue
his first master’s degree.
His first job post master’s degree was at Forest
Hospital in Des Plaines, IL (1980-1981). His job
there was counseling the schizophrenic, bipolar, and
depressed patient populations. From 1981-1983, he
was an outpatient child and family counselor at
Spoon River Center (now Bridgeway Center) in
Galesburg, IL. Mr. Soland then worked as an
inpatient alcohol and drug counselor at Burlington
Medical Center in Burlington, Iowa in 1984. In 1985,
he worked as a crisis intervention specialist in
Springeld, IL. Following that he worked as an outpatient
child and family counselor for Taylorville Mental
Health Center in Taylorville IL. from 1985-1987.
From 1987-1990, he worked as both an inpatient
and outpatient counselor for the Newman Clinic in
His next job in 1991 was Clinical Director for a
community mental health center. He then
went to work for AFSCME Council 31 as an
employee assistance counselor from 1992-2014 and was concurrently a
part-time private practice counselor. He is currently in
full time private practice at Psychiatric Associates in Springfield, IL.
Mr. Soland has a doctoral degree and three Master’s degrees in
the following disciplines:
Clinical Psychology, Counseling, and History (Major
Field: the Early American Republic 1800-1848;
Emphasis on Communitarianism with Minor Fields; Film
History and Film and History). At the undergraduate
level, he has a triple major in the three
disciplines of psychology, history, and education. He
holds educational certificates in Illinois for Teaching (Type 09) and Counseling (Type 73).
Mr. Soland is certified in E.M.D.R. (Eye Movement
Desensitization Reprocessing) which is a specialized
trauma treatment. He is also certified in the following
three areas: Hypnosis through A.S.C.H. (American
Society for Clinical Hypnosis), Employee Assistance
through E.A.P.A. (Employee Assistance Professionals
Association), and Alcohol and Drug Counseling
I.A.O.D.A.P.C.A. (Illinois Alcohol and Other
Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association).
In addition, he is certified as a secondary teacher and
guidance counselor: Type 09 and 73 Certificates.
Mr. Soland is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri.
Mr. Soland is a member of American Counseling
Association, Illinois Counseling Association,
Illinois Mental Health Counseling Association,
Employee Assistance Professionals Association, Eye
Movement Desensitization Reprocessing International
Association, American Society for Clinical
Hypnosis, The National Anger Management
Association, The National Board for Certified
Counselors and Affiliates, The Communitarian
Studies Association, The American Historical
Association and The American Film Association.
Mr Soland is married and the father of two college-age daughters.
Mr. Soland’s hobbies and interests include keeping
healthy by running and weight training, tennis,
watching St. Louis Cardinals games, reading daily,
going to films weekly, attending the theater monthly,
and spending time with family and friends.