John Sommers-Flanagan PhD

Professor of Counselor Education, University of Montana

John Sommers-Flanagan is a professor of counselor education at the University of Montana and author or coauthor of 60+ professional publications and nine books. Some of his books, co-written with his wife Rita, include Tough Kids, Cool Counseling, (2nd ed., American Counseling Association, 2007), How to Listen so Parents will Talk and Talk so Parents will Listen (John Wiley & Sons, 2011), Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories in Context and Practice (2nd ed., John Wiley & Sons, 2012). Derald Wing Sue reviewed John's 6th edition of Clinical Interviewing and wrote: "Especially impressive is the integration of cultural competence and cultural humility in the interview process. This is an awesome book." John is a sought out keynote speaker and professional workshop trainer in the areas of (a) counseling youth, (b) consulting parents, and (c) clinical interviewing/suicide assessment. His work has been intermittently featured in Counseling Today magazine. He is also co-host of the national Practically Perfect Parenting Podcast. In his wild and precious spare time, John loves to run (slowly), dance (poorly), laugh (loudly) and produce home-made family music videos.