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Jana Sutton
Professor
School of Allied Health
STRS 361
318-342-1208
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Jana P Sutton, PhD
Professor, Marriage and Family Therapy
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Education

Ph D

2002, Marriage and Family Therapy
University of Louisiana Monroe

MA

1999, Marriage and Family Therapy
Northeast Louisiana University

BA

1997, Psychology
University of South Carolina - Spartanburg

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Biographical Sketch

Dr. Jana Sutton is Program Director of Marriage & Family Therapy and Counseling Studies at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She is a Louisiana Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, State Approved Supervisor and AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She is also a Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselor and State Approved Supervisor. Dr. Sutton has written and presented on systemic approaches to therapy and supervision.

Licensure & Certification

LPC Approved Supervisor, Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners. (2006 - Present)
LMFT Approved Supervisor, Louisiana Licensed Professional Board of Examiners. (August 19 2005 - Present)
AAMFT Approved Supervisor, AAMFT. (October 11 2004 - October 31 2019)
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, State of Louisiana. (2002 - December 31 2018)
Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Louisiana. (2002 - June 30 2018)

Research Interests

Dr. Sutton's research is predominantly qualitative in nature and her research interests include: MFT training, systemic approaches to therapy and supervision, ethics, professional identity and burnout, marriages of elderly couples, sexual abuse, self-harm, suicide prevention, domestic violence, substance abuse, and collaboration with the legal system.

Recent Publications

Simmons, B. S., Sutton, J. P. Epistemology in Family Systems Theory. Encyclopedia of Couple & Family Therapy. Springer..
Fix, L. W., Sutton, J. P. Multiple Relationships in Congregational Practice. Journal of Psychology and Christianity.
Fix, L. W., Sutton, J. P. (2015). A Recursive Frame Analysis of Virginia Satir’s “Of Rocks and Flowers” Session. (pp. 19-35). The Satir International Journal.
Sutton, J. P., Ray, W., Wong, S. P. .
Keeney, H., Keeney, B., Sutton, J. P., Moore, J. (2013). Bringing Life to Clinical Training. Zeig, Tucker, and Theisen.
Sutton, J. P., Fuqua, W., Garcia, K. Culturally Sensitive Clinical Training: Marriage and Family Therapy Students' Perspectives of Study Abroad Programs.
Sutton, J. P., Ray, W., Brasher, C. Feminist and Interactional Theories.
Sutton, J. P., Ray, W. Forgotten Women of Family Therapy: A 1956 Bateson Team Interview with Frieda Fromm-Reichmann.
Sutton, J. P., Phillippi, S., Hills, H. Juvenille Drug Court Treatment: A Model Program.
Sutton, J. P., Johnson, C. J. On Being Married to a Partner with Dementia.
Sutton, J. P., Ray, W. The More Things Change-The More They Stay the Same.
Sutton, J. P., Sivakumaran, T., Garcia, K., Todd, T. (2011). Transcending Classroom Borders: Determining student Perceptions of Study Abroad Programs in a Teacher Educaion Program.
Ray, W., Mason, N., Simmons, B. L., Sutton, J. P. Teaching "thinking process" to New Systemic Therapists in Training. Alexandria, VA: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.
Ray, W., Sutton, J. P. (2015). Brief Therapy--In the Words of Five Founding Pioneers. Human Systems: The Journal of Therapy, Consultation, and Training.
Sutton, J. P., Ray, W. Psycho-educational and Solution-focused Group Therapy for Domestic Violence.
Sivakumaran, T., Sutton, J. P., Todd, T., Garcia, K. N. (2011). Transcending Classroom Borders: Determining Student Perceptions of Study Abroad Programs in a Teacher Education Program. National Teacher Education Journal.
Ray, W., Sutton, J. P. (2010). Strategic Couple Therapy. In D. K. Carson & M. Casado-Kehoe (Eds.), Adventures in Couples Therapy: A Theory-Based Case Study Approach. Routledge, Taylor & Francis..
Sutton, J. P. (2010). President's Welcome. (pp. 1). The LAMFT Monitor: A Quarterly Publication of the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Ray, W., Schlanger, K., Sutton, J. P. (2009). One Thing Leads to Another, Redux: Contributions to Brief Therapy from John Weakland, Ch.E., Paul Watzlawick, Ph.D., and Richard Fisch, M.D. Journal of Brief, Strategic, and Systemic Therapy.
Ray, W. A., Schlanger, K., Sutton, J. (2009). One Thing Leads to Another, Redux: Contributions to Brief Therapy from John Weakland, Ch.E., Paul Watzlawick, Ph.D., and Richard Fisch, M.D. Metalogue [Published in Greek].
Ray, W. A., Schlanger, K., Sutton, J. (2009). One Thing Leads to Another, Redux: Contributions to Brief Therapy from John Weakland, Ch.E., Paul Watzlawick, Ph.D., and Richard Fisch, M.D. [Published in French]. Cahiers critiques de thérapie familiale et de pratiques de réseaux (Family Therapy and Research Journal of France).
Sutton, J. P. (2009). Parishes of Ouachita and Morehouse: Louisiana Models for Change. Court Columns: A Special Edition of the Louisiana Supreme Court Newsletter.
Sutton, J. P. (2009). A Message from the President: Louisiana Marriage and Family Therapy ~ Stability and Change. (pp. 1-2). The LAMFT Monitor: A Quarterly Publication of the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Sutton, J. P. (2009). The Beautiful String of Pearls: A Family Heirloom. (pp. 2-3). The LAMFT Monitor: A Quarterly Publication of the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Sutton, J. P. (2009). What Spells Out Father. Monroe, LA: The Newstar.
Sutton, J. P. (2009). A Message from the President (pp. 1). The LAMFT Monitor: A Quarterly Publication of the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Ray, W., Schlanger, K., Sutton, J. P. (2009). One thing leads to another - redux - Contributions to Brief Therapy of John Weakland, Richarc FIsch, & Paul Wtazlawicky (pp. 15-37). San Diego, CA: Journal of Brief, Strategic & Systemic Therapy.
Sutton, J. P. (2009). A New Year Welcome from the President (pp. 1-2). The LAMFT Monitor: A Quarterly Publication of the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Sutton, J. P., Feduccia, M. (2009). Building Momentum by Working Together (pp. 5-6). The LAMFT Monitor: A Quarterly Publication of the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Woodham, L., Sutton, J. P. (2008). Celebrating 25 Years of Educating Marriage and Family Therapists in Louisiana: The University of Louisiana at Monroe (pp. 7). The LAMFT Monitor: A Quarterly Publication of the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Sutton, J. P. (2008). Re-Membering: A Narrative Tribute to the LIfe of Michael White (pp. 10 - 11). The LAMFT Monitor: A Quarterly Publication of the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Sutton, J. P. (2008). The MFT Family (pp. 1 - 2). The LAMFT Monitor: A Quarterly Publication of the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Ray, W., Sutton, J. P. (2007). Befriending your problems: Metaphor with a self-mutilating young woman in transition in Healing with stories: Using metaphors in therapy. (pp. p. 178-189). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
Sutton, J. P. (2006). The essential readings in MFT: The trilogy of change. (pp. p. 6-8). The LAMFT Monitor: A Quarterly Publication of the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Sutton, J. P. (2005). Broadening the experiences and work of MFTs: Part II. Louisiana: The LAMFT Monitor: A Quarterly Publication of the Louisiana Association ofor Marriage and Family Therapy.
Sutton, J. P. (2004). Broadening the experiences and work of MFTs. Louisiana: The LAMFT Monitor: A Quarterly Publication of the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Sutton, J. P. (2003). Breaking the ties that b[l]ind: An interactional approach to brief therapy with premarital couples in a relational impasse. (pp. 109-118). Journal of Brief Therapy.
Sutton, J. P., Ray, W., Cole, C. (2003). The ties that blind: Breaking a relational impasse. Journal of Brief Therapy.
Sutton, J. P. (2001). Batterer's treatment. (pp. 90-107). Monroe, LA: Ouachita Parish Domestic Violence Community Response Manual.

Research Grants

Sutton, J. P. (Principal), "FY 2013 Juvenile Drug Court" (Funded), Sponsored By 4th JDC, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $59650. (July 2013 - Present).
Sutton, J. P. (Principal), "FY 2012 - Juvenile Drug Court" (), Sponsored By 4th JDC, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $67800. (July 2012 - June 2013).
Sutton, J. P., "FY 2011 - Juvenile Drug Court" (), Sponsored By Fourth Judicial Court, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $78000. (July 2011 - June 2012).

Awards & Honors

February 2013 Women of Excellence Award in Education and Research Nominee.

May 2012 Administrative Appreciation Award.

May 2011 Chase Professorship in Teacher Education Nominee.

April 2011 ULM Foundation Award for Excellence in Service Nominee.

April 2011 Nominee-ULM Foundation Award for Excellence in Service.

March 2011 Excellence in Presidential Leadership Award.

February 2009 OSPR Star of the Month.

January 2009 Elected President.

2001 YWCA Volunteer of the Year.

Courses Taught

COUN 6067Group Counseling, 2 course(s)

MAFT 5020Mrg/Family Developmt, 1 course(s)

MAFT 5022IND, COUPLE AND FAMILY DEVELOP, 1 course(s)

MAFT 5099THESIS, 2 course(s)

MAFT 6010Intro Marr/Fam Therapy, 4 course(s)

MAFT 6062Human Sexuality, 1 course(s)

MAFT 6067GROUP COUNSELING, 1 course(s)

MAFT 6070INTERNSHIP, 10 course(s)

MAFT 7000FAM SYS:EPIS ISS/MARR/FAM THER, 6 course(s)

MAFT 7012Family Therapy Ii, 1 course(s)

MAFT 7021PROF II IN SYSTM PRAC, 1 course(s)

MAFT 7022Social Ecology:, 3 course(s)

MAFT 7030SUPERVISION/MARR/FAM THERAPY, 4 course(s)

MAFT 7040Iss/Prob/Sys/Marr/Fam Ther Res, 1 course(s)

MAFT 7046DISSERTATION SEM FAM THERAPY, 1 course(s)

MAFT 7050DOCTORAL PRAC/MARR/FAM THERAPY, 6 course(s)

MAFT 7052INTERNSHIP IN MFT I & II, 18 course(s)

MAFT 7053DOCTORAL INTERNSHIP, 3 course(s)

MAFT 7099DISSERTATION, 36 course(s)