Continuing Education

The Department of Psychology at Murray State University has been an approved provider of Continuing Education courses for licensed psychologists and other mental health clinicians since 2011. We offer a broad range of speakers and topics that include not only clinical practice issues but also recent research findings in other basic and applied areas of psychology. 

We are committed to offering the Murray State Department of Psychology as a resource to practitioners in the area by

  • bringing them together regularly as a learning community to discuss emerging issues and best practices and other board-required topics (e.g., suicide assessment and prevention, domestic violence);
  • introducing them to other providers to help create an informal consultation network regarding ethical issues and complicated cases; and
  • offering free and low cost CE courses to local practitioners and students.

Parking for CE Events

Those attending CE events need to register for a visitor parking permit in order to park on campus. You may register for a visitor permit by visiting the MSU Parking Services portal at  Click the "Are you a visitor?" link.  Parking permits are electronic and linked to the license plate number on your vehicle, no paper tag needed. 

2018-2019 CE Events

September 21, 2018 Continuing Education Conference

Mental Health Practice in Rural/Underserved Setting: Strategies for the Generalist Practitioner
Fri., Sept. 21, 8:00am-4:00pm
Curris Center, Murray State University
8:00-8:30am  On site registratoin
8:30-11:30am  Morning session (3 CE credits)
11:30am-1:00pm  Lunch on your own
1:00pm-4:00pm Afternoon session (3 CE credits)
Detailed conference program

Registration (early bird registration prices available until midnight Sept. 4)
Register and pay with a credit card
Register and pay via mail

September 24, 2018 Brummer Colloquium in Psychology: Dr. Regan Gurung

Reconceptualizing Learning: Strategies to Cultivate Long Term Understanding
Mon., Sept. 24, 7:00pm
Wrather Auditorium, Murray State University
1 CE Credit (FOC)
Learning can be conceptualized in a number of different ways. How one sees learning can influence how one designs classes and the learning process. Dr. Gurung will present a new metaphor for viewing learning, review the major predictors of learning, and unpack some major strategies to optimize learning. Participants will: 
   •  gain a comprehensive understanding of how learning can and should be defined;
   •  be able to describe the main predictors of learning; 
   •  be able to create new ways of helping their students learn using evidence-based practices.
Program Description

October 18, 2018 Brummer Colloquium in Psychology: Dr. Ian Norris

Luxuries, Necessities, and Psychological Security: The Meaning of Things
Thur., Oct. 18, 7:00pm
Wrather Auditorium, Murray State University
1 CE Credit (FOC)
Material possessions can serve as important sources of physical, psychological, and symbolic security. The studies presented will explore how consumers think about material products as luxuries and necessities, and the influence of psychological security motives on these perceptions. Implications for evolutionary biology, digital consumption, and environmental sustainability will be examined. Participants will: 
   •  understand the connection between psychological security and consumer values, such as materialism;
   •  think critically about how psychological needs might drive consumer perceptions of necessity
   •  apply principles of motivation, psychological well-being, and evolutionary biology to an understanding of consumption;
   •  generate ideas for how digital consumption and environmental sustainability concerns might inform our ability to improve consumer well-being.
Program Description

February 12, 2019 Brummer Colloquium in Psychology: Dr. Dan Wann

The ABCs of Sport Fandom: What We Know and Where We Should Go
Tue., Feb. 12, 7:00pm
Wrather Auditorium, Murray State University
1 CE Credit (FOC)
Relationships fans have with their favorite teams and players have a powerful impact in their lives. In this presentation, we will examine some of the affective, behavioral, and cognitive reactions of fans and discuss the important place fandom has in the lives of these individuals. Additionally, we will investigate some issues that will likely lead to changes in fandom. Participants will: 
   •  understand the place of sport fandom in the lives of fans and society as a whole, and why it’s important to study these individuals;
   •  learn how following sport impacts the affective, behavioral, and cognitive reactions of fans
   •  discover changes on the horizon that may impact the fan experience as well as topics needing greater attention from social scientists.
Program Description

March 8, 2019 Workshop: Dr. Sherry Hamby

Resilience After Trauma: Evidence-based Assessment and Intervention
Fri., March 8, 9am-12pm
Murray State University; location TBD
3 CE Credits ($15 administration fee)
Participants will: 
   •  identify current best practices for serving trauma survivors;
   •  learn strength-based assessment approaches for serving trauma survivors
   •  develop skills in some evidence-based interventions.
  Save the Date: Workshop program and registration information forthcoming

Murray State University Department of Psychology is approved by the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology (KBEP) to sponsor continuing education for credential holders. MSU Dept. of Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.