Lehigh Valley Psychological and Counseling Association


Psychological & Counseling


Established 1966



The Lehigh Valley Psychological and Counseling Association (LVPCA), founded in 1966, is a tax-exempt organization of both professionals and students in the field of psychology and counseling. These individuals work together in order to advance psychology and counseling as a science, a profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare.

The Lehigh Valley Psychological and Counseling Association accomplishes these goals primarily through their work on the Executive Committee and the following committees: Continuing Education, Ethics, Membership, Practitioner’s and Community Relations, Programs, Scientific, Academic & Student Affairs.

Lehigh Valley Psychological and Counseling Association
6900 Hamilton Blvd. Unit 285
Trexlertown, PA 18087


Morning and Afternoon CE programs. Friday, May 11, 2018

Morning presentation

Treating Survivors of Gender-Based Violence

–Registration 8:30am, Program 9:00am – 12:30pm.

PRESENTED BY: Dr. Nicole “Nicki” Johnson, a faculty member from Lehigh University College of Education and Counseling Psychology Department.

Dr. Johnson’s program of research is dedicated to the exploration and implementation of prevention programming for gender-based violence, intimate partner violence, and sexual violence while incorporating feminist consciousness-raising techniques and the evaluation and implementation of culturally sensitive treatment, advocacy, and outreach.

The overall goal of the current program is to increase providers’ understanding and effectiveness in working with survivors of gender-based violence. Gender-based violence (GBV) will be defined and rates of particular forms of GBV (such as, intimate partner violence, rape, and violence against gender non-conforming individuals) will be discussed. Unique factors to consider when working with survivors will be reviewed, as well as an analysis of the current state of research regarding GBV and effective treatments. Judith Herman’s three-phase approach to trauma treatment will be reviewed and applied to GBV. Appropriate interventions and techniques for working with survivors will also be reviewed within the framework of Herman’s model.

>For Bio and Learning Objectives

3 CE credit program

Lunch presentation

–Program 12:30-1:30pm; Program is free of charge. There will be an option to purchase lunch.

Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley presents- DV 101: Recognizing, Responding, and Referring in Medical Settings: (1 hour program, no CE credit)

This training is designed to help medical providers respond to patients/clients who may be experiencing domestic violence. Providers will learn how to recognize the warning signs of an abusive relationship, and the red flags to look for in the dialogue between patient-provider interaction. Providers will learn how to effectively screen patients for domestic violence, and how to respond upon patient disclosure. This training will help educate providers on how to cross barriers when trying to communicate with their patients on what can sometimes seem like one of the most difficult topics to navigate. Topics such as safety, sensitivity, and cultural competency will all be addressed.

Upon completion of the course, providers should feel more comfortable in successfully referring victims and survivors of domestic violence to essential tools and resources at their patients’ request.

Afternoon presentation

– Registration 12:30pm, Program 1:00pm – 4:30pm.

Training The Brain to Heal Painful Habits

PRESENTED BY: Dr. Alexandra Milspaw (M.Ed., Ph.D), a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Sex Therapist, specializing in Sexuality, Trauma, and Chronic Pain.

Dr. Milspaw’s presentation will review the biomechanics of chronic stress, trauma, and chronic pain. She will review the latest research on how mindfulness and related techniques reverse the damage on the brain and nervous system. She will end the presentation with a demonstration of easy-to-learn and easy-to-apply mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques.

>For Bio and Learning Objectives

3 CE credit program

Master Conflict Theory in Action:  A Model for Integrating Couples and Sex Therapy

THURSDAY October 19, 2018, 1:00 to 4:30, Registration 12:30
Lehigh Valley Penn State Campus

PRESENTED BY: Stephen Betchen and Heather Davidson

3 CE credit program