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Dr. John Sommers-Flanagan


Professor of Counseling, University of Montana

Dr. John Sommers-Flanagan is a professor at the University of Montana and a clinical psychologist with over 100 publications.

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John Sommers-Flanagan is a professor of counseling at the University of Montana, a clinical psychologist, and author or coauthor of over 100 publications, including nine books and many professional training videos. His books, co-written with his wife Rita, include Tough Kids, Cool Counseling (ACA Publications), Clinical Interviewing (Wiley), Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories in Context and Practice (Wiley), and Suicide Assessment and Treatment Planning: A Strengths-Based Approach (ACA Publications). In 2018, he published a three-part, 7.5-hour suicide training video with John is a sought-out keynote speaker and professional workshop trainer in the areas of (a) counseling youth, (b) working with parents, (c) suicide assessment and treatment, and (d) happiness. He has published many newspaper columns, Op-Ed pieces, and has had recent articles in Psychotherapy Networker, Counseling Today, and Slate Magazine. In his wild and precious spare time, John enjoys running (slowly), dancing (poorly), laughing (loudly) and producing home-made family music videos.

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    Ph.D., Psychology

    University of Montana


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    Master of Arts (M.A.) Psychology

    University of Montana


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    Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Psychology

    Oregon State University


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Honors & Awards

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    George M. Dennison Distinguished Faculty Award

    University of Montana


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    Don Dinkmeyer Social Interest Award

    American Counseling Association