John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD

John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD John Sommers-Flanagan is a clinical psychologist and professor of counselor education at the University of Montana. He is a long-time member of both the ACA and APA. He also serves as a mental health consultant with Trapper Creek Job Corps. John’s latest books, co-written with his wife Rita, are How to Listen so Parents will Talk and Talk so Parents will Listen (Wiley, 2011), Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories in Context and Practice (2nd ed.) (Wiley, 2012), Clinical Interviewing (4th ed) (Wiley, 2009), and Tough Kids, Cool Counseling (2nd ed.) (ACA, 2007). In his wild and precious spare time, John loves to run, dance, laugh, and produce home-made family music videos. You can access his personal blogsite at

A Short Piece on Disrespecting Teenagers

By John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD