Continuing Education Programs
Lehigh Valley Psychological and Counseling Association
Continuing Education Programs


Psychological & Counseling


Established 1966

Continuing Education Programs

Continuing Education Programs

Grief and the Quest for Meaning: The Spiritual Arc of Tragic Loss.

FRIDAY February 23, 2018,  9:00 to 5:00, Registration 8:30
on the Moravian campus.

Presenter:   Dr. Robert Neimeyer

LVPCA in collaboration with 2018 Psych & Spirituality Lectures at Moravian Theological Seminary. Cost will be $90 for 6 continuing education units plus lunch.  APA Continuing Ed certificate would cost an additional $20.

Peak Performance and Sport Psychology

Friday, March 9, 2018 – Registration 12:30pm, Program 1:00pm – 4:15pm.

PRESENTED BY: Dr. Ian Birky, Director of Lehigh University Counseling and Psychological Services

“Channeling the Athlete Within:  Clinical and Ethical Considerations in the Practice of Peak Performance and Sport Psychology”.

3 CE credit program

Increasing numbers of counselors are discovering the joy of working with specialty populations such as athletes.  Although there may be little difference in how counselors provide treatment and/or consultation regarding the presenting issues of depression, grief & loss, heartbreak, performance anxiety, or peak performance requests of clients, counselors may maximize their effectiveness working with athletes and performers on their case-loads by developing specialized competency in peak performance and sport psychology.  Developing an expertise in working with athletes and performers can provide opportunity to connect with and provide services to individuals who might not otherwise utilize counseling services.  Greater numbers of counselors recognize that contact with coaches, trainers, and other athlete-referral sources provides connections to clients of color, clients from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and athletes struggling with too seldom revealed mental health issues that might not otherwise enter the domain of the counselor.  Professionals who have interests in entering the exciting world of sport may benefit from guidance in how best to negotiate the fluid and non-traditional boundaries inherent in working ethically with athletes in the locker room, at practice, by the “bench” and before or after the game. The present session seeks to introduce participants to the pleasure, value and benefits of developing a sport psychology friendly and ethical-sensitive practice with clients identifying themselves as “athlete”. This workshop provides an opportunity to identify key issues counselors may face when treating athletes in their practice. This workshop will also provide an opportunity to discuss intervention and consultation strategies from an athlete-attuned perspective.  Ethical issues that sometimes arise and must be addressed with this specialty population will be discussed.


  • Attendees will increase their knowledge regarding the value of, benefits of, and pleasure in providing services to clients identifying themselves as athletes.
  • Attendees will be able to identify and describe viable strategies for establishing an athlete-friendly practice.
  • Attendees will be able to identify and determine how best to meet ethical guidelines and standards when working with this specialty clientele.
  • Attendees will acquire understanding of how to conceptualize the work and consult with coaches, sport teams and athletes on clinical issues associated with sport.


About Dr. Ian Birky:

Dr. Birky received his undergraduate degree at Goshen College, later spent time in a graduate program studying theology, and eventually went on to receive a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Oklahoma State University.  He completed his internship at the Yale University School of Medicine followed by employment at Colgate University. While at Colgate, he did research in psychoanalytic theory, and conducted research and taught courses in sport psychology in addition to practicing and administrating the Counseling Center.

For the past 30 years, Dr. Birky has been employed at Lehigh University where he is director of University Counseling and Psychological Services and teaches as an adjunct professor in the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program and in the Psychology department. His current research is focused on interpersonal relationships and sport psychology.  Dr. Birky works as a sport psychologist with a number of Lehigh’s varsity sports teams and athletes, and is a licensed psychologist in New York and Pennsylvania with expertise in multicultural, addictions, and group psychotherapy.  His book chapter, “Counseling Student Athletes: Sport Psychology as a Specialization” addresses ethical challenges in managing athlete therapist relationships.

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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.

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.

o    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.

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