Department of Counseling

John Sommers-Flanagan




B.S. Psychology, Oregon State University

M.A. Clinical Psychology, University of Montana

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Montana

Courses Taught

COUN 195: The Art and Science of Happiness

PSYX 430: Counseling Theories in Context

COUN 510: Introduction to Counseling

COUN 511: Counseling Theories and Techniques

COUN 620: Advanced Counseling Theories

COUN 685: Doctoral Internship

Research Interests

Increasing and maintaining happiness and well-being

Suicide assessment and treatment planning training and competence

Teaching evidence-based relationship factors to master's level mental health professionals

The effectiveness of parenting consultations

Selected Publications

From 2016

Sommers-Flanagan, J., & Sommers-Flanagan, R. (2020, in preparation). Suicide assessment and treatment planning: A strength-based approach. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

Sommers-Flanagan, J., Johnson, V. B., & Rides At The Door, M. (2020). Clinical interviewing. In J. Suhr and M. Sellbom (Eds.). Cambridge handbook of clinical assessment and diagnosis (pp. 113-122). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Parrow, K. K., Sommers-Flanagan, J., Sky Cova, J., & Lungu, H. (2019). Evidence based relationship factors: A new focus for mental health counseling research, practice, and training. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 41, 327-342.

Shaw, S. L., Lombardero, A., Babins-Wagner, R., Sommers-Flanagan, J. (2019). Counseling Canadian indigenous peoples: The therapeutic alliance and outcome. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 47, 49-68.

Sommers-Flanagan, J., & Sommers-Flanagan, R. (2018). Recursive and emerging themes in psychotherapy: Past, present, and future. Psychotherapy Bulletin, 53(4), 7-12.

             Sommers-Flanagan, J. (2018). Advances in suicide assessment and treatment. Psychology Aotearoa, 10(2), pp. 76-80.

             Arslan, Ü., & Sommers-Flanagan, J. (2018). Ethical beliefs of counseling students in Turkey [Türkiye’de psikolojik danışmanlık ve rehberlik öğrencilerinin etik inanışları]. Pamukkale     Üniversitesi Eğitim Fakültesi Dergisi [Pamukkale University Journal of Education], 44, 196-212. doi: 10.9779/PUJE872.

Arslan, Ü., & Sommers-Flanagan, J. (2018). The new stage of the Turkish counseling system: Explosive growth (2000 – present). Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 46, 115-128.

Sommers-Flanagan, J. (2018). Conversations about suicide: Strategies for detecting and assessing suicide risk. Journal of Health Service Psychology, 44, 33-45.

Sommers-Flanagan, J. (2018). Suicide assessment and intervention with suicidal clients [Video]. 7.5 hour training video for mental health professionals.  Mill Valley, CA:

Sommers-Flanagan, J., & Sommers-Flanagan, R. (2018). Counseling and psychotherapy theories in context and practice: Skills, strategies, and techniques (3rd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Sommers-Flanagan, J., & Sommers-Flanagan, R. (2017). Clinical Interviewing (6th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Johnson, V. I., & Sommers-Flanagan, J. (2017). Counseling and psychotherapy ethics: Self-awareness, competence, and boundaries [Video]. Alexandria, VA: Microtraining.

Sommers-Flanagan, J., & Shaw, S. L. (2017). Clinical interviews. In A. E. Wenzel (Ed.). The SAGE encyclopedia of abnormal and clinical psychology (pp. 683-686). London: Sage.

Sommers-Flanagan, J., & Shaw, S. L. (2017). Suicide risk assessment: What psychologists should know. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 48, 98-106.

Sommers-Flanagan, J. (2016). Clinical interview. In J. C. Norcross, G. R. VandenBos, and D. K. Freedheim (Eds.), APA Handbook of Clinical Psychology (pp. 3-16), Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Sommers-Flanagan, J. (2016). Assessment strategies. In M. Englar-Carlson (Ed.). The skills of counseling [Video]. Alexandria, VA: Alexander Street Press.


Honors / Awards

2019 University of Montana George M. Dennison Distinguished Faculty Award 2018 American Counseling Association Don Dinkmeyer Social Interest Award 2017 University of Montana Faculty Merit Award. 2015 Faculty Sabbatical. Two-semester sabbatical awarded by the University of Montana’s Office of the Provost 2015 University of Montana Regents Professor nominee. 2014 Morris and Helen Silver Foundation (author). Amount: $9,000 to support the Parenting Podcast Series. 2013 Engelhard Foundation Grant (author). Amount: $30,000 to fund a Parenting Podcast Series to be produced in collaboration with the National Parenting Education Network. 2013 University of Montana Outstanding Mentoring Award. 2012 Office on Violence against Women. Grant to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus Program (primary author). Cooperative Agreement awarded to the University of Montana. Amount: $297,731