John Sommers-Flanagan is a clinical psychologist, professor of counselor education at the University of Montana, and author or coauthor of over 60 professional publications, nine books, and numerous professional video trainings with and Alexander Street Press. Some of his books, co-written with his wife Rita, include Tough Kids, Cool Counseling, How to Listen so Parents will Talk and Talk so Parents will Listen, Clinical Interviewing, and Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories in Context and Practice. John is a sought out keynote speaker and professional workshop trainer in the areas of (a) counseling youth, (b) working with parents, and (c) suicide assessment. He has published many newspaper columns, Op-Ed pieces, and a recent article in Slate Magazine. John’s resource and opinion blog at receives approximately 12,000 hits per month. 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.