Dr. John Carmack

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Dr. John  Carmack

Professor Emeritus, Marriage and Family Therapy

Ph.D., Texas Woman's University
M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
B.A., University of Arkansas at Little Rock


Dr. John Carmack is a licensed therapist in both Texas and Arkansas. He is also an AAMFT Approved Supervisor as well as an approved supervisor in the state of Arkansas for Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists.

Dr. Carmack has a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He received an M.Div. from Trinity International University (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) and a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas.

For over 30 years, Dr. Carmack has worked in a variety of settings including churches, Young Life, Christian Counseling Centers, full service psychiatric hospitals, med/surg psychiatric units and private practice. He has also been in private practice since 1981 and he owned and directed the Solution-Focused Counseling Center located in Fort Smith, Arkansas, for 10 of those years.

In 1997, Dr. Carmack joined the faculty of John Brown University as a Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy program. He accepted an appointment as Program Director of the Graduate Counseling Program at JBU in 2001 and he also received his Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) training in 2001. He has served in two major disaster relief efforts as the mental health coordinator for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita evacuees at Ft. Chaffee, Arkansas, in 2005 and he has provided critical incident responses to various schools, organizations and companies over the past 10 years. The most recent critical incident he led was for mental and medical first responders' debriefings during the Joplin Tornado disaster in 2011.

Dr. Carmack was appointed by the governor to the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling (1997-2000) and he recently completed serving a second term on the Arkansas Board of Examiners (2010-2013). He was awarded the Clinicians Award through the Arkansas Marriage & Family Therapy Association. He is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He served as the Associate Editor (2000-2007) for all clinical articles submitted for publication to the Marriage & Family: A Christian Journal.

Dr. Carmack is a native of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and this year he celebrates his 37th wedding anniversary with Lynn. They have three daughters, six grandsons, one granddaughter, and one more grandson on the way. All three of Dr. Carmack’s children are in the mental health field. If you would like to contact Dr. Carmack regarding future speaking engagements, you may reach him at jcarmack@jbu.edu.


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