Speaking Schedule

Events are listed in reverse chronological order.

2017

October 13, 2017 — Tough Kids, Cool Counseling: Innovative Strategies that Lead to Change. Six hour invited workshop. Pennsylvania. Details, TBD.

October 12, 2017 — West Virginia University

October 6, 2017 — Tough Kids, Cool Counseling: Top Techniques for Influencing Challenging Students. Six hour invited workshop for the California Association of School Psychologists. Los Angeles, CA.

August 23, 2017 — A Strengths Approach to Suicide Prevention and Intervention in Schools. Six hour invited workshop for Vancouver School District #37. Vancouver, WA.

June 20, 2017 — Strategies for Dealing with Challenging Parents and Students. Six hour invited workshop for the Montana Behavioral Initiative (MBI). Bozeman, MT.

April 28, 2017 — Tough Kids, Cool Counseling: Top Techniques for Influencing Challenging Students. Six hour invited workshop for the Ohio Association of School Psychologists. Columbus, OH.

April 25, 2017 — Prevention and You: Now and in the Future. Invited Keynote Speech for the Montana Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect conference. Helena, MT.

March 30, 2017 — Tough Kids, Cool Counseling: Top Techniques for Influencing Challenging Students. Six hour invited workshop for the South Carolina Association of School Psychologists. Rockville, SC.

February 25, 2017 — Tough Kids, Cool Counseling in the Schools. Six hour invited workshop for the National Association of School Psychologists. San Antonio, TX.

February 3, 2017 — The Meaning of Your Life. Invited Keynote Speech for the CASA of Missoula’s Light of Hope Banquet. Missoula, MT.

January 28, 2017 — Why I’m a Part-Time Adlerian. — Video-Link Guest Lecture. City University of Seattle.

2016

September 16, 2016 — Tough Kids, Cool Counseling. Six hour workshop on behalf of the Family Service Society, Inc. Corning, NY

August 6, 2016 — Psychotherapy with adolescents: Integrating evidence-based relationships and techniques. Seven-hour workshop at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. Denver, CO.

August 5, 2016 — Publishing books on psychotherapy: Insights and strategies from psychologist-authors (with Derald Wing Sue, Melba Vasquez, and John Norcross). Symposium chair at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. Denver, CO.

June 23, 2016 — TBA — All day workshop for the Montana Behavioral Initiative. Bozeman, MT.

April 1, 2016 — Adlerian Counseling Techniques: Advanced Understandings and Applications (with Richard E. Watts and Jon Sperry). Ninety minute education session at the annual American Counseling Association Conference. Montreal, Canada.

March 31, 2016 — How to Listen so Parents will Talk (with Sara Polanchek). Three hour pre-conference learning institute at the annual American Counseling Association Conference. Montreal, Canada.

February 22, 2016 — Tough Kids, Cool Counseling: Top Techniques for Influencing Challenging Students. Six hour invited workshop for Texas Region 3 ESC. Victoria, TX.

February 19, 2016 — Tough Kids, Cool Counseling in the Schools. Six hour invited workshop for Monongolia County Schools, Morgantown, WV.

February 11, 2016 — Tough Kids, Cool Counseling.Three hour invited workshop for the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Annual Convention. New Orleans, LA.

2015

November 13, 2015 — From Warts to Wings: Helping Students Live Happy and Healthy Lives. Opening Keynote. West Virginia School Counselor Association, Charleston, WV.

November 13, 2015 — How to Listen so Parents will Talk (2 repeated 60 minute break-out sessions). West Virginia School Counselor Association, Charleston, WV.

October 9, 2015 — Counselor Educators as Campus Leaders in Violence Prevention among Athletes (with Drs. Veronica Johnson and Sara Polanchek). Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Philadelphia, PA.

October 9, 2015 — Follow your heart but take your brain with you: ten intimate relationships research findings that every counselor should know (with Drs. Veronica Johnson and Sara Polanchek). Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Philadelphia, PA.

September 4, 2015 — How to listen so parents will talk (with Dr. Sara Polanchek). Six hour continuing education workshop for the Department of Counselor Education, University of Montana. Missoula, MT.

May 19, 2015 — Clinical Interviewing Lectures. Video-recorded presentation for the Alexander Street Press Great Teachers, Great Lectures series. Governor’s State University, Chicago, IL.

April 17, 2015 — How Shall We Then Grieve? Emotional, Behavioral, and Cultural Dimensions of Grief. Six hour workshop for the Tamarack Grief Resource Center’s 11th Annual Grief Institute. Missoula, MT.

April 16, 2015 — Suicide Assessment, Intervention, and Coping: Professional and Community Collaboration for Suicide Prevention. Six hour workshop for the Tamarack Grief Resource Center’s 11th Annual Grief Institute. Missoula, MT.

March 12, 2015 — Skills and Strategies for Working Effectively with Parents. Three hour pre-conference learning institute at the annual American Counseling Association Conference. Orlando, FL.

March 12, 2015 — Counseling challenging teenagers. Six hour pre-conference learning institute at the annual American Counseling Association Conference. Orlando, FL.

February 27, 2015 — Working with Challenging Parents and Youth AND Suicide Assessment, Intervention, and Prevention. Workshops on behalf of Chi Sigma Iota at Adams State University, Alamosa, CO.

February 26, 2015 — Becoming a Professional Counselor. Opening remarks for the initiation of the Chi Sigma Iota chapter at Adams State University, Alamosa, CO.

February 19, 2015 — Tough Kids, Cool Counseling. Three hour workshop presented at the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Annual Convention. Orlando, FL.

January 22, 2015 — Working with Challenging Parents and Youth. Six hour workshop presented to the Eagle Pass School District. Eagle Pass, TX. (with Rita Sommers-Flanagan)

2014

November 20, 2014 — Working with challenging parents and youth . . . and loving it. Six hour workshop presented on behalf of Western Montana Addiction Services. Billings, MT.

November 6, 2014 — Working with challenging parents and youth . . . and loving it. Six hour workshop presented on behalf of Western Montana Addiction Services. Missoula, MT.

September 29, 2014 — Developing Strong and Positive Relationships with Students. Ninety minute presentation for the faculty at Big Sky High School. Missoula, MT

August 20, 2014 — Anger Management in the Schools. Six hour workshop presented to the Eagle Pass School District. Eagle Pass, TX

July 11, 2014 — Two workshops presented at the annual American Mental Health Counselor Association conference. Seattle, WA. How to listen so parents will talk and talk so parents will listen. Three hour workshop AND Ethics: A fresh approach and a thoughtful discussion for the changing times. One hour workshop with Dr. Rich Ponton.

June 3, 2014 — DVD filming with Alexander Street Press THERAPY Talks Project. Chicago, IL

May 2, 2014 — From Warts to Wings. Keynote. South Dakota Counseling Association. Spearfish, SD.

May 1, 2014 — Tough Kids, Cool Counseling. Full day pre-conference workshop. South Dakota Counseling Association. Spearfish, SD.

March 25-27, 2014 — Three presentations at the annual American Counseling Association Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. Evidence-based relationships and the initial clinical interview (with Rita Sommers-Flanagan). Addressing sexual attraction in the counseling relationship (with Kirsten Murray). Counseling challenging teenagers (six hour pre-conference workshop).

January 11, 2014 — Working Effectively with Parents and Suicide Assessment. All day workshop for the Greater Cincinnati Counseling Association

2013

November 8, 2013 — Working with Challenging Parents and Youth . . .  and Loving It — Georgian Court University, Lakewood, New Jersey

Counseling difficult youth and challenging parents can be immensely frustrating or splendidly gratifying. In this workshop John Sommers-Flanagan will share stories, insights, principles, and techniques for working with challenging youth and their parents. Participants will learn 10 top techniques that they can immediately implement in their counseling work.

November 7, 2013 — Understanding and Using Adult Power and Influence — Township of Ocean, Department of Human Services, Ocean, New Jersey (Co-sponsored by Georgian Court University)

Most parents and teachers want to be a positive influence on the children and teens in their lives. This workshop will focus on four different strategies that parents and teachers can employ to naturally and effectively maximize their positive influence on youth. Specific influence skills (based on the four strategies) include: (a) Grandma’s rule, (b) limit-setting, (c) mutual problem-solving, (c) adopting a new attitude, (e) character feedback, (f) special time, and more. Participants will be provided with access to free tip sheets on the presenter’s blog.

October 20, 2013 — Essential Clinical Skills for Counselors: The Mental Status Exam and Suicide Assessment — Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Denver, CO [This presentation was delivered by Sidney Shaw, Ed.D. because I was in Erie, PA for the birth of my third grandchild:)]

October 10-11, 2013 — Breakout How to Listen so Parents will Talk sessions and Tough Kids Workshop for the Electronic Classrooms of America Professional Development Conference — Columbus, OH.

September 18, 2013 — Working Effectively with Parents — Hellgate Middle School In-service — Missoula, MT

August 21, 2013 — Tough Kids Workshop — Eagle Pass School District, Eagle Pass, Texas

August 7, 2013 — Opening Session: From Warts to Wings; Break-Out Session: How to Listen so Parents will Talk. Communities in Schools–North Carolina (see: http://www.cisnc.org/) — Charlotte, NC.

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3 thoughts on “Speaking Schedule”

  1. Hi John:

    I think your ego defense demonstration is a good tool for a student to gain insight into areas of their personalities they may be unaware of. For me, specifically, my first thoughts revealed very quickly an aspect of my personality that I am aware of already, but question as to whether or not I should work on changing somewhat.

    My first thought was how much information regarding sex am I willing to share with strangers or even fellow students, and what if I share something that is not normal? Do I want anybody in this room knowing what I think about sex…no!

    All that to say, I am a very private person and struggle with the idea of sharing much of anything personal with my clients. I know in some cases for some clients, it could be very helpful, but I guess it just seems safer for the client, myself and the therapeutic process if I do not divulge much about myself in their therapy session. I am hoping with more experience, wisdom will come and I will be able to more readily discern if any, what, how much and when to self disclose with my clients.

    Thank you so much for creating this blog and all that you post. As a doctorate student, I know there is so much for me to learn and it seems there is a lot of material that wastes my time; weeding through looking for nuggets. I am pleased to say, I have found your material to be full of nuggets.

    Sincerely,
    Una Starr

  2. Just watched the feminist lecture activity…got the overall gist that for women its “yay” and men “nay”…not surprising.

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