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Abbe Finn, Ph.D., LPC, NCC - Florida Gulf Coast University. Fort Myers, FL, US

Abbe Finn, Ph.D., LPC, NCC

Expert in school shooting prevention and crisis response | Florida Gulf Coast University


Abbe Finn specializes in school violence and workplace violence prevention.



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Abbe Finn is a retired professor of emeritus at Florida Gulf Coast University. She has extensive experience with workplace violence prevention and crisis response. She has provided counseling after numerous traumatic events including the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina and the Parkland school shooting. She also worked with survivors of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Areas of Expertise (6)

school shooting prevention and intervention

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Suicide Prevention


Crisis Response

Workplace Violence Prevention

Education (4)

University of New Orleans: Ph.D., Counselor Education 1998

Loyola University of New Orleans: M.Sc., Human Services Counseling 1992

Tulane University: M.Ed., Early Childhood Development 1974

Newcomb College of Tulane University: B.A., Audiology and Speech Pathology

Affiliations (6)

  • American Counseling Association : Member
  • American School Counseling Association : Member
  • American Association for Counselor Education and Supervision : Member
  • Florida School Counseling Association : Member
  • Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision : Member
  • American Red Cross: Volunteer

Selected Media Appearances (10)

Hillsborough NAACP gets safety briefing following Buffalo mass shooting

ABC Action News  tv


Abbe Finn discusses the importance of mental health following the Buffalo mass shooting.

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Knowing the signs of suicide and breaking the stigma

Fox 4  tv


Abbe Finn talks about isolation due to COVID-19 and suicide.

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Police departments emphasize mental health after death of former Cape Coral cop

ABC 7  


Abbe Finn discusses the impact of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on job performance.

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Starting conversations on mental health

FOX 4  


Abbe Finn talks about how to help people in depressive moods.

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To save life : Warnings signs and help for suicide prevention

FOX 4  


Abbe Finn talks about the warning signs of people contemplating suicide.

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School safety bill allows officers to seize guns from people they deem a threat

NBC 2  


Abbe Finn is quoted discussing mental illness and school violence.

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How are the quality of mental health services for students in SWFL?

ABC 7  


Abbe Finn discusses the quality of mental health services after the Parkland massacre.

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In Parkland, FGCU professor helping parents, students start recovery after school shooting

News - Press  


Abbe Finn talks about her work with the survivors of the Parkland massacre.

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Attorney: Cape Coral couple will fight child neglect charges after malnourished baby boy dies

NBC2  tv


Abbe Finn discusses extreme child neglect that was perpetuated through intentional isolation and irrational ideas rather than facts in relation to this case.

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'Make America safe again'

Naples Daily News  print


Abbe Finn talks about gun control and the need to ban assault weapons, support universal background checks and red flag laws.

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Selected Event Appearances (3)

Teaching the Core Skills of Psychological First Aid

Medical Reserve Corps National Leadership and Training Conference  Portland, OR


Crisis Response in Schools

Florida School Counseling Association  Orlando, FL


Counseling Children Following Disasters and Personal Loss

Florida Counseling Association Annual Conference  St. Petersburg, FL

Research Focus (2)

Substance Addictions Prevention Programs Across the Life Span

Foundations of Addictions Counseling (4th Ed.)


Abbe Finn discusses addiction prevention methods specific to stages of development across the lifespan.

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Jungian Analytical Theory

Counseling and Psychotherapy: Theories and Interventions (6th Ed.)


Abbe Finn discusses Junigan Theory, assessments and techniques in-depth.

Selected Articles (3)

An ethical and legal perspective on the role of school counselors in preventing violence in schools. (Special issue: legal and ethical issues in school counseling)

Professional School Counseling

Mary A. Hermann and Abbe Finn

2002 Recent, highly publicized school shootings have had a tremendous impact on the public's perception of school safety (Vossekuil, Reddy, Fein, Borum, & Modzeleski, 2000). These events have prompted school officials to consider prevention strategies for targeted violence in schools. School officials are increasingly turning to school counselors for help in identifying and providing interventions for students who may pose a danger to others (Riley & McDaniel, 2000)...

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Assessment by Mental Health Professionals of Clients’ Risk for Harming Others

Journal of the International Counseling Association

A. Finn & T.P. Remley


Psychologists and other mental health professionals rightfully experience significant anxiety regarding their duty to protect when working with potentially dangerous individuals who are at risk of harming others or themselves. In fact, a recent study suggests that 75% are misinformed about their legal duties to such clients. The Duty to Protect dispels myths and provides clinicians, supervisors, and trainers with a comprehensive resource addressing the situations where a duty to protect may apply. The duty itself is defined and described, as are risk assessment steps and interventions to reduce risk. The chapters are written by leading scientist–practitioners to promote best practices in some of the most ethically and legally challenging areas encountered by practitioners. They discuss the legal and ethical foundations of the duty to protect and the duty to warn; professional ethics codes in the U.S. and internationally; risk assessment to others in cases involving threats of homicide, intimate partner violence, stalking, the transfer of communicable diseases, and impairment while operating heavy machinery or motor vehicles. Threats of harm to the self are also discussed in chapters that address suicide, self-injury, and end-of-life issues. This book is a comprehensive resource that will assist readers in understanding their options and obligations and therefore improve the care they provide in some of the most stressful and potentially dangerous situations faced by mental health providers.

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School Violence Prevention: Legal and Ethical Issues and Crisis Response

Professional School Counselor

A. FInn & T.P. Remley


School counselors are leaders in safe school initiatives and actively engage themselves in fostering safety and in responding to critical response situations in schools. School counselors are a vital resource in preventing, intervening, and responding to crisis situations.