John Sommers-Flanagan is a professor of counselor education at the University of Montana. He received his doctorate in psychology in 1986, completing his pre-doctoral internship at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY.


In addition to teaching, research, and supervision, John also has a small independent practice. Previously he was the mental health consultant for Trapper Creek Job Corps (2003-2014), served as executive director of Families First Parenting Programs (1995 to 2003), and was co-host of a radio talk-show on Montana Public Radio titled, “What is it with Men?”  His work with youth and parents has been captured for educational purposes on numerous different local and national video productions.


John primarily specializes in working with children, parents, and families. He is author or coauthor of over 50 professional publications, including eight books.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: John Sommers-Flanagan maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with the University of Montana. He receives royalties as a published author. John Sommers-Flanagan receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: John Sommers-Flanagan is a member of the American Counseling Association, the American School Counselor Association, and the American Psychological Association.