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 7, 2019 Brummer Colloquium in Psychology: Dr. Sherry Hamby

Portrait of Resilience: Insights from Rural Appalachia
Thur., March 7, 7:00pm
Alexander Hall Auditorium, Murray State University
1 CE Credit (FOC)
Like all stigmatized groups, rural Appalachians have under-appreciated strengths. Using a new concept called "resilience portfolios," Dr. Hamby will discuss the use of multiple mixed methods datasets involving in-depth interviews, focus groups, and surveys to identify key strengths and values in southern Appalachia which help people overcome adversities and inform our broader understanding of how people cope and thrive in a variety of cultural contexts. Participants will: 
   •  learn about strengths of Appalachian communities in dealing with adversity;
   •  describe approaches to promoting resilience in the midst of adversity; 
   •  identify the role everyone can play in identifying and promoting strengths and values among stigmatized and underprivileged groups like rural Appalachians.
Program Description

March 8, 2019 Workshop: Dr. Sherry Hamby

Resilience After Trauma: Evidence-based Assessment and Intervention
Fri., March 8, 9am-12pm
Alexander Hall Auditorium (240 Alexander Hall), Murray State University (no food or drink permitted in auditorium)
3 CE Credits
This presentation will focus on ways that psychologists and other practitioners can assess and promote key strengths for facilitating resilience after trauma. Dr. Hamby will illustrate how to choose evidence-based assessments and interventions to support clients’ achievement of well-balanced resilience portfolios to help them thrive after adversity.
Participants will: 
   • describe key interpersonal, regulatory, and meaning making strengths for thriving after adversity;
   •  identify evidence-based strategies for promoting strengths in trauma survivors
   •  understand how to use narrative exercises for promoting well-being in trauma survivors.

: $15 administration fee; Cash or Check ONLY (credit/debit cards not accepted)
Pay in advance by mail or pay at the door
Make checks payable to Murray State University
If paying in advance, mail check to:
Catie Bates
401 Wells Hall
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071

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.