Stephen Flynn

Associate Professor of Counselor Education and School Psychology
Graduate Program Coordinator for Couples and Family Therapy and Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Director, the Helping Center Chair, The PSU Institutional Review Board

Phone: (603) 535-3221

Stephen Flynn is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in New Hampshire and Colorado, and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Colorado. Dr. Flynn teaches clinical and research oriented courses in both clinical mental health and school counseling programs. He has diverse experience in applied mental health settings including a couple and family training institute, university counseling center, private practice, mental health agencies, inpatient psychiatric hospital, emergency room assessment team, as the director of a counselor training lab, and as the coordinator of clinical experiences for a CACREP accredited counseling program.

Dr. Flynn has led multiple empirical investigations in the counseling profession. His work has been published in a broad range of counseling journals, including: The Journal of Counseling and Development, Counselor Education and Supervision, Career Development Quarterly, The Family Journal, Counseling Outcomes Research and Evaluation, and The Professional Counselor.

Degrees and Education

  • PhD, Counselor Education, University of Northern Colorado
  • MA, Mental Health Counseling and Applied Psychology, Rowan University
  • BA, Psychology, University of Northern Colorado

Research Interest

  • Altruism and self-interest
  • Multiculturalism
  • Qualitative research methodology
  • Instrument development
  • Couple, marriage, and family therapy contemporary issues

Recent Publications

  • Flynn, S. V., & Hays, D. G. (2015). The development and validation of the Comprehensive Counseling Skills Rubric. Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation. doi:10.1177/2150137815592216
  • Flynn, S. V., & Sangganjanavanich, V. F. (2015). American Indian perceptions of educational achievement in predominantly White culture: Implications for marriage, couple, and family counselors. The Family Journal, 23, 216-227. doi: 10.1177/1066480715574673
  • Flynn, S. V., Olson, S. D. & Yellig, A. D. (2014), American Indian acculturation: Tribal lands to predominately White postsecondary settings. Journal of Counseling & Development, 92: 280–293. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6676.2014.00156.x
  • Flynn, S. V., & Sangganjanavanich, V. (2014). Professional roles and functions and consultation with other professionals. In V. Sangganjanavanich & C. Reynolds (Eds.), Introduction to professional counseling. Counseling and Professional Identity in the 21st Century. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Flynn, S. V. & Black, L. L. (2013). Altruism-self interest archetypes: A paradigmatic narrative of counseling professionals. (3).
  • Flynn, S. V., Duncan, K. J., & Evenson, L. I. (2013). An emergent phenomenon of American Indian secondary students’ career development process. The Career Development Quarterly, 61(4), 124–140. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-0045.2013.00042.x
  • Flynn, S. V., Chasek, C. L., Harper, I. F., Murphy, K. M., & Jorgensen, M. F. (2012). A qualitative inquiry of the counseling dissertation process. Counselor Education & Supervision, 51(4), 242–255. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6978.2012.00018.x
  • Flynn, S. V., Duncan, K. & Jorgensen, M. F. (2012).  An emergent phenomenon of American Indian postsecondary transition and retention. Journal of Counseling & Development, 90: 437–449. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6676.2012.00055.x
  • Flynn, S. V. & Black, L. L. (2011).  An emergent theory of altruism and self-interest. Journal of Counseling & Development, 89: 459–469. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6676.2011.tb02843.x

Selected Presentations

  • Flynn, S.V. (2015, October). The Comprehensive Counseling Skills Rubric: Grounding an empirically validated outcome based assessment in strong pedagogy. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Flynn, S.V. (2015, October). Teaching advanced methods in couple, marriage, and family counseling: An empirically driven training model. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Flynn, S. V. (2013, October). American Indian transition from tribal lands to predominately White culture. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Conference, Denver, CO.
  • Flynn, S. V., & Black, L. L. (2010, October). The altruism–self-interest phenomenon in the counseling profession. Rocky Mountain Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (RMACES) Conference, Grand Teton National Park, WY.

Awards and Distinctions

  • Recipient: Honorary Faculty Inductee into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Plymouth State University, 2015
  • Nominee: Locke-Paisley Outstanding Mentor Award, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, 2015
  • Nominee: Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of South Dakota, 2012
  • Dean Exemplary Performance in Teaching, University of South Dakota, 2010
  • Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Dissertation, University of Northern Colorado, 2009
  • Dean’s Citation for Excellence in Graduate School, University of Northern Colorado, 2009

Courses Taught

  • Clinical Mental Health & School Counseling (internship)
  • Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning
  • Counseling Children and Adolescents
  • Counselor Education & Supervision (internship)
  • Crisis Intervention in Professional Counseling
  • Group Counseling Theories
  • Working with Children and Families
  • Legal & Ethical Aspects in Counseling
  • Research in Counselor Education (seminar)
  • Theories of Counseling
  • Counseling Skills