D&E alumnus, psychotherapist to lecture

ELKINS – Davis & Elkins College alumnus Dr. Andrew Johanson, a practicing psychotherapist, ordained minister and adjunct professor at Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pa., will deliver the Phipps Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in Halliehurst Great Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Johanson’s talk will be titled Lessons Learned From My Life as a Psychotherapist. A public reception will follow the lecture.

With more than 30 years in private psychotherapy practice, Johanson has integrated training in psychology and theology.

Through his psychotherapy practice in Bethlehem and Lansdale, Pa., Johanson treats individuals and families who are experiencing emotional pain.

At Moravian Theological Seminary, Johanson teaches human sexuality, marriage and family therapy and professional ethics for counselors. He also is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.

Johanson received certification in marriage, family and sex therapy from the Penn Council for Relationships in Philadelphia in 1992 and also attained a certificate of applied psychiatry with studies in psychoanalytical psychotherapy from the Philadelphia Mental Health Clinic in 1975. His earned his Doctor of Ministry from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in 1977, and his Bachelor of Divinity in 1966 and Master of Divinity in 1970, both from Crozer Theological Seminary in Rochester, N.Y. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in religion and philosophy, with minors in psychology and speech, from Davis & Elkins in 1963.

He is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy, diplomate for American Association of Pastoral Counselors and an approved supervisor with the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy.

With longstanding involvement in Rotary, Johanson has achieved many honors including Rotary Exceptional International Service Above Self Above Self in 2011, Rotary Distinguished Service Award in 2010, Rotary Four Avenues of Service Citation from Rotary International in 2009, Rotary Distinguished Service Award in 2005, Rotarian of the Year in 2004, Distinguished Rotarian Award in 2000, Past President of Blue Bell Rotary Club and Paul Harris Fellow.

Johanson was an enthusiastic student of the late professor emeritus of religion and philosophy at Davis & Elkins College, Dr. William E. Phipps, and launched a fundraising campaign to endow The Phipps Lectureship. Established in 1995, The Phipps Lectureship brings accomplished scholars from a wide range of backgrounds to campus to provide opportunities for sharing ideas and experiences in religion, philosophy and related disciplines. Dedicated to continuing Dr. Phipps’s legacy of scholarship, inquiry and the candid discussion of ideas, the lectureship connects students and the public with leading scholars through classroom visits, small group meetings and an annual free public lecture.