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John Robbins

Core Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Health

School of Counseling

Degree Program M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. John Robbins received his PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University. For the past 18 years has taught in graduate programs in both Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Robbins is serving as Core Faculty for the School of Counseling in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Along with teaching, Dr. Robbins has served as Director of the TEAM Program (Teaching Excellence through Active Means), an interactive, group treatment program designed primarily for high risk, school age children and adolescents experiencing a myriad of difficulties, including drug abuse, gang involvement, etc. Dr. Robbins is a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor mentor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. His clinical and research interest is in at-risk adolescents and themes of engagement, as well as effective supervision. Dr. Robbins has over 100 state, national, and international presentations focusing on at-risk adolescents, effective supervision strategies, self-care, working with LGBTQ youth and their families, and suicide prevention. In 2000, he received national acclaim in USA Today for his cutting-edge work in the area of integrating spirituality and psychotherapy. His book with the Haworth Press, entitled The Power of Spirituality in Therapy: Integrating Spiritual and Religious Beliefs in Mental Health Practice, was published in 2004.

Courses Taught

COUN 6250 - Group Process and Dynamics

COUN 6726 - Couples and Family Counseling

COUN 6356 - Advanced Theory and Application in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling

CPLB 601L - MS COUN Pre-Practicum I

FPLB 631`L - MCFC Pre-Practicum 1


PhD, Florida State University - Tallahassee, FL United States

MA, Florida State University - Tallahassee, FL United States

BA, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, TN United States

Public Service

Women's Retreat House, Board Trustee - Ogden, UT United States

Awards / Honors

Exceptional Service Award, Utah Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 2017

Florida State University's Phi Eta Sigma "Excellence in Teaching" Award, Florida State University, 1998


Robbins, J. M., Kahle, P. A. (2004). The power of spirituality in therapy: Integrating spiritual and religious beliefs in mental health practice.

Robbins, J. M., Kahle, P. (1998). Re-authoring therapeutic success: Externalizing the success and unpacking marginalized narratives of competence. . Journal of Systemic Therapies.

Robbins, J. M., Kahle, P. (1998). Authoring success through competency immersed therapy..


Robbins, J. M. (2018). Building Collaborative Therapeutic Relationships through Purposeful Practice. American Counseling Association.

Robbins, J. M. (2018). Counseling LGBTQ+ Teens and Their Families. . Rocky Mountain Association of Counselor Education and Supervision.

Robbins, J. M. (2017). Self-Supervision and Self-Growth: Developing the Autonomous Practitioner. American Counseling Association.

Robbins, J. M. (2015). Self-Supervision: Using Tomm's Ethical Postures in Clinical Practice. Utah Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Robbins, J. M. (2020). Adolescent Group Activities. Walden University.