Dr. Edward S. Beck

Curriculum Vita 
Clinical Office
Commonwealth Affiliates, P.C.
Suite 38
Northwood Office Center
2215 Forest Hills Road
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Main Office

Susquehanna Institute
624 Sandra Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17109-5816
Available 24 hours/7 days a week at Telephone: (717) 576.5038

FAX: (717) 561-9494 or e-mail: ScholarsforPeace@aol.com


  • Steady record of increasing leadership responsibilities in administrative, scholarly, community and clinical areas.

  • Recent emergence of international academic leadership for Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (Founder and President since 2002)

  • Solid track record of pivotal contributions to professional counseling and psychology.

  • Effective written and oral communication.

  • Multifaceted career demonstrating initiative, adaptability and flexibility.

  • An accomplished record of leaving projects and situations in much better condition than prior to involvement.

  • Strong ability to maximize potential with limited resources.


2002- Present  President and Founder. Scholars for Peace in the Middle East www.spme.net a not-for-profit, faculty-to-faculty educational/charitable organization of over 700 scholars worldwide addressing issues of anti-Israelism and anti-Semitism in the academic literature and in college and university classrooms. This is a full-time volunteer presidency reporting to an international board of directors. My responsibilities include securing funding, arranging international academic conference, managing task forces, co-editing the SPME Faculty Forum and representing SPME to other organizations.

    Appointments as a result of this work:

    Ingeborg Rennert Center Fellow in Jerusalem Studies, Bar-Ilan University 2004- Present

    Affiliate Faculty Appointment: Haifa University, 2004-Present
1984-Present    Director, Susquehanna Institute, Harrisburg, PA

Develop contracts and grants for agencies, educational institutions, business and industry. Maintain caseload, training contracts and consultation services.

2000 - Present Adjunct Faculty, Alvernia College, Graduate and Continuing Studies

Courses Taught:  Psychology of Gender, Industrial Psychology, Multicultural Psychology

Consultant to the Dean of Graduate and Continuing Studies: Contracted to write proposal for two Graduate Programs in Behavioral Health Counseling-Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Health Counseling Addictions for approval by State Department of Education to meet Professional Counselor Licensure Requirements.

   Adjunct Faculty, Rosemont College, Philadelphia, PA --
Graduate Program Counseling Psychology.

Courses Taught: Vocational Counseling. Multicultural Counseling.

1992-Present    Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA (part-time)

Courses taught: Personality Theory, Introduction to Clinical Psychology, Abnormal Psychology.

1994-Present    Treatment Specialist, Paradise School, Abbottstown, PA (part-time contracted consultation)

Provide specialized assessment and treatment for children and youth and juvenile court-ordered placements, in both day partial hospitalization and residential educational facility. Ages 7-18. Groups (Anger management, sexual perpetration, sexual abuse, family violence), Family Therapy, Individual Therapy.

Developing Specialized Treatment Assessment Inventory instrument to assess additional clinical issues not routinely found in referral information or psychiatric evaluations upon entrance, such as traumatizing events, abuse issues (physical, emotional and sexual), family violence, parenting skills, genographic information and family patterns in these areas (based on work of Dorothy Lewis, Ph.D.).

Provide consultation and clinical instruction to medial directors, counseling staff, administration, educational and youth care staff.

1995-1999 Consultant, Allied Behavioral Clinicians: Mechanicsburg, PA

A group of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and professional counselors providing mental health services directly to the public an as a PPO and EAP to businesses, insurers and organizations.

1988-1991    Coordinator, Personal Counseling Programs and Affiliate Assistant Professor of Psychology, Penn State Harrisburg

Appointed Associate Member of the Graduate School Faculty, May 1989. Counseling, program development and coordination, administration, supervision, consultation, teaching, training, research.

1987-1988    Assistant Professor of Psychology (Sabbatical leave assignment), Division of Behavioral Sciences and Education, Penn State Harrisburg

Courses taught: Theories and Techniques of Counseling, Personality Theory, Adolescence, Small Groups, Practicum.

1972-1987    Counselor, Counseling Center, and Affiliate Assistant Professor of Psychology, Division of Behavioral Sciences and Education, Penn State Harrisburg

Acting Coordinator, September 1978-June 1979 and April-August 1977 while Coordinator was on leave.

1970-1972    Co-Director, Student Activities, New York City Community College, City University of New York, Brooklyn, NY

1969-1970    Assistant Director of Counseling and Director of Testing, Urban University Department, Rutgers-The State University, Newark, NJ

1968-1969    Assistant to the Faculty Counselor for Student Activities/Program Director, Graduate Students Organization, New York University, Graduate School of Education


1983 Doctoral Degree, Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania, Division of Psychological Services in Education, Counseling Psychology Program. APA-approved in Professional and Scientific Psychology. APA-approved Internship, Counseling Center, Penn State Harrisburg. Doctoral dissertation: Correlates of Instructor- Generated Anxiety in Upper Division College Students A.A. Dole, dissertation committee chair.

1970 Masters Degree, M.A., New York University, Guidance and Personnel Administration (Counselor Education).

1968 Bachelors Degree, B.S., New York University, Spanish and Secondary Education.


  • FACES Master Clinician Series, New York City, Fall 2002,

  • Diagnosing Sexual Abuse in Children, Fall 2002

  • Harrisburg State Hospital, Monthly 1.5. CEU, CME Seminars

  • New England Institute: 15 Hour Workshop with Theodore Millon on the Millon Scales & Personality Disorder Diagnosis, 1996.

  • Continuing Education Experiences to Maintain NCC and CCMHC Certifications: Cultural Diversity, Substance Abuse, Sexual Abuse, AIDS, Adult Children of Alcoholics, Learning Disabilities, Myers-Briggs Testing, Legal and Ethical Issues, 1983-Present.

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Small Group Processes, University of Pennsylvania, 1978

  • Supervised Graduate Counseling Practicum, New York University, 1969-1970

  • Student Teaching, Julia Richman High School, New York City, 1968 and Clinic for Learning, Junior High School 57, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, 1967

  • Summer Program, University of Guadalajara, Mexico, 1967

  • Graduated Horace Mann School for Boys, Riverdale, New York, 1964

  • Exchange student, Wallasey Grammar (High School), England, 1962-1963


Licensed Professional Counselor (PA-PC000112)
Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC), #04, National Academy of Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselors; National Certified Counselor (NCC), #117, National Board of Certified Counselors; Guidance-High School, New York State; Spanish-High School, New York State.


Beck, E.S., Kaplan, D., Smith, H., Moroco, J., (2000) The Behavioral Health Professional:  A Mental Health Professional Identity Model for the 22nd Century, Journal of Counseling and Human Development, 33(4), Love Publishing Company

Beck, E.S. (2000) Web Surfing to Reach Your Vocational Fantasy, Favorite Counseling and Therapy Homework Techniques, Rosenthal, H. (Ed.) Accelerated Development/Taylor and Francis Press

Beck, E.S. (1999) Mental Health Counseling: A Stakeholder's Manifesto, Invited Article for Journal of Mental Health Counseling, Jubilee Edition 21.3. 203-214

Beck, E.S.(1998) When A Child Dies…Clinical and Cultural Considerations, Pennsylvania Early Intervention, Department of Public Welfare: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Beck, E.S. and Hoppock, R., (1997) Vocational Fantasy, Favorite Counseling and Therapy Techniques, Rosenthal, H. and Hollis, J. (Eds) Accelerated Development/Taylor and Francis Press.

Beck, E.S., (1997) Mental Health Counseling in Educational Settings (2nd Edition), Foundations of Mental Health Counseling, Weikel, W. and Palmo, A. (Eds) Charles Thomas Publications

Beck, E.S., (1996) Acceptance of Intolerance. Counseling Today. 38(10), 4

Counseling Juvenile Sexual Offenders, (1999) American Counseling Association Annual Meetings, San Diego.

McGrath, P., Browning, F., Martinek, S., Beck, E.S., & Culkin, M. (1995) Family Ethics, Dual relationships. The Family Journal, Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, 3(2), 142-144

Beck, E.S., (1994) Mental Health Counselors in Private Practice: Reflections of a Full-time Practitioner (A Commentary), Journal of Mental Health Counseling, October: pp 497-505

Seiler, G., Brooks, D. and Beck, E.S., (1990) Training Standards for the American Mental Health Counselors Association, The Mental Health Counselors Sourcebook, G. Seiler (Ed.) Human Services Press.

Gerstein, L.H. and Beck, E.S., (1989) Professional Exchange: A Strategic Intervention to Increase Mental Health Counselors' Scholarly Contributions. Journal of Mental Health Counseling

Seiler, G., Brooks, D. and Beck, E.S., (1987) Training Standards for Mental Health Counselors, Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 9(4): 199-209

Beck, E.S., (1986) Mental Health Counseling in Educational Settings, Foundations of Mental Health Counseling, Weikel, W. and Palmo, A. (Eds) Charles Thomas Publications

Beck, E.S., (1985) Professional Counseling: An Identity for the Future. Nebraska Counselor: Journal of the Nebraska Professional Counselor Association 17(1), PP 22-26

Wilmarth, R.R., and Beck, E.S., (1984) The Professional Counselor: A New Activist Identity of Following Our Own Advice (Special Editorial). AMHCA Journal 6(4), pp 104-105

Regular columnist as President, AMHCA News

Contributing columnist for local Mental Health Association "Wellness" column in Sunday Patriot-News, 1980- 1989

Regular columnist for now-defunct Private Practice News

Reviewer, Counseling Texts for Brooks/Cole Publishing, Inc., Allyn & Bacon, Inc., 1976-1985

Decker, W., Beck, E.S. (1977) Evaluation Report for Volunteers in Probation Projects: Cumberland, Dauphin, and Lancaster (PA) Counties, for Governor's Justice Commission

Published features and letter in Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Today's Education, Journal of Counseling & Development and APA Monitor. Op-Ed: Editorial Page, Philadelphia Inquirer, December 21, 1983 and other newspapers. Sports feature, November 20, 1977

Research Assistant, "Specialty-Oriented Student Project", K.B. Hoyt, University of Iowa, principal researcher, 1969

Editor, Monthly Graduate Students Organizational Newsletter, New York University, 1968-69


Confronting and Recovering from Messages of Bigotry, Hatred and Historical Revisionism: New Multicultural Challenges (1994). East Stroudsburg University Conference on Diversity, The Curriculum and the Individual Overcoming Psychological Barriers.

Keynote Speaker, Pennsylvania Downtown Center Annual Conference (1994), Allentown, PA

Culturally Diverse Ethics for Counselors (1993). Professional Development Institute, American Counseling Association, Atlanta, GA

Ethical Considerations for Cross-cultural Counseling (1992). Invited presentation Multicultural Counseling Forum, East Stroudsburg University.

Family Dynamics for Student Assistance Program Professions (1992). PA Department of Education and Holy Spirit Hospital

Careers In Psychology and Helping Professions (1992). Rotary Club Leadership Conference, Messiah College

The Licensing Labyrinth (1992), with Berna Haberman, Ph.D., Professional Development Series, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts-Lowell

Psychological Aspects of the Disabled (1992). Division of Special Programs, Department of Welfare, Harrisburg, PA

Ethical Consideration for the Cross-cultural Counseling (1992). Professional Development Seminars, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts-Lowell

Creative Arts Therapy Techniques for Counselors, Professional Development Institute (1992). Pre-Convention Workshop. American Counseling Association, Baltimore, MD

Mental Health Counseling: State of the Art, Theory and Research (1992). An invited presentation by the American Mental Health Counselors Association, Baltimore, MD

Ethical Standards for the International Associations of Marriage and Family Counselors with IAMFC Ethics Committee (1992), AACD meetings, Baltimore, MD

Keynote Speaker, (May 1991), Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, University of Lowell

Mental Health Counseling: State of the Art, Theory and Research (1991). An Invited presentation by the American Mental Health Counselors Association in Reno, NV, with D.K. Brooks, Jr., L. Gerstein, R.M. Madden, and W.J. Weikel

Student Assistance Centers: The Challenge to Colleges and Universities for the 1990's, American Counseling Association, Reno, NV (1991); Pennsylvania College of Personnel Association Presentation, Lancaster, PA (1990)

Mental Health Counseling: A Professional Identity Distinct from Psychology, Social Work and Guidance (1990). An invited program by the American Mental Health Counselors Association, Cincinnati Convention and World Congress on Mental Health Counseling, Denver, CO, with D.K. Brooks, R.M. Madden, and W.J. Weikel

Student Assistance Centers: Higher Education's Challenge for Non-traditional Students in the 1990's (1990). Presented at the Eighth Annual Conference of Adult Learners, Penn State University, McKeesport College


  • Trainer, OPTUM Promotion, Education and Training Programs (formally known as Institute for Human Resources) of United HealthCare Corporation. Workshops include: Time Management, Stress Management, Dealing with Difficult People, Violence in the Workplace, Coping with Workplace Change and others as assigned. Clients include: Federal Government, General Electric, NHP Property Development and USF&G, among others. 1994-Present

  • Field Norming Consultant: National Computer Systems, psychological test publishers

  • Instructor, Continuing Education, Elizabethtown College, 1992

  • Instructor, Psychology Center for Talented Youth, Johns Hopkins University, Franklin and Marshall College site, Summer 1992

  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Department of Psychology, Summer Continuing Education Seminars, 1992

  • Lecture, Division of Behavioral Sciences and Education, Penn State Harrisburg, Summer 1991

  • Training and Development Contracts for PA State Employee Assistance Program, 1991

  • Employee Assistance Program (personal and career development workshops, counseling) Hesteco Manufacturing Company, Elizabethtown, PA, 1991

  • Counseling Services Contract, Central Pennsylvania Business School, September 1990-August 1993

  • Youth for Understanding, Regional Clinical Counseling Coordinator (Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania), 1990-1991

  • Test Center Supervisor, Education Testing Service and Law School Admissions Service, 1980-1987

  • Clinical Consultant, Episcopal Pastoral Services, St. Stephen's Episcopal Cathedral, Harrisburg, PA, 1974-1975

  • Youth Group Advisor, temple Sinai of Bergen County, Tenafly, NJ, 1967-1968


Managed Care Contracts: Magellan (2002 to Present). Capital Blue Cross PP0 (2002-present). OPTUM Behavioral Health (2002-Present). St. Barnabas EAP Services (2002-Present). Greenbrier Health Management Systems, Inc.(1999-2001). Allied Behavioral Clinicians, Behavioral Health, P.C., Camp Hill, PA (1995-1999). MEDCO Behavioral Care Corporation (1994-Present). Career Development Services and Women's Resource Center, Rochester, NY (1988-Present). PA State Employee Assistance Program (1989-Present). The Allen Group (1991-1999). U.S. Behavioral Health (1991-Present). Achievement Guidance Centers (1991-1993). Keystone Health Plan (1987-1991). HealthAmerica (1987-1990).


Scholars for Peace in the Middle East www.spme.net (2002-Present) President and CEO, Founded not-for-profit, grassroots faculty organization of 350 faculty members, with a fifteen-member Board of Directors, from 150 institutions world wide addressing the discussion of the Middle East on college campuses and addressing issues of anti-Semitism on college campuses.

Ethic Committee, Chair, International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, 2000-2001

Ethics Committee, International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, 1990-1996

Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 1992-Present

Ethics Committee, American Mental Health Counselors Association, 1994-1995

President, Pennsylvania Mental Health Counselors Association, 1993-1995

Board of Directors, Pennsylvania Counseling Association

Drafting Committee, Pennsylvania Alliance of Counseling Professionals

Associate Editor, Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 1989-1993. Professional Exchange Section

Co-Chair, Private Practice Special Interest Network, American Mental Health Counselors Association

Editorial Advisory Board, American Counselor, American Counseling Association, 1993-1995

Council of Past Presidents, American Mental Health Counselors Association (Chair, 1984), 1984-Present

Accreditation and Standards Chairperson, American Mental Health Counselors Association, 1991-1992

Board Member, Directorate Body, Commission VII, Counseling and Psychological Services, American College Personnel Association, 1990-1992
Chair, Mental Health Counselors in College Counseling Centers Special Interest Network, American Mental Health Counselors Association, 1990-1991

President-Elect, Pennsylvania Counseling Association, 1990. Delegate AACD North Atlantic Regional Branch Assembly, 1990. Member, Licensure Committee.

President, Pennsylvania Counseling Association, 1987-1988. CoChair Licensure Committee. Editor, PCA, Inc. Newsletter. Delegate, North Atlantic Regional Branch Assembly.

President, American Mental Health Counselors Association, 1983-1984. Continuing Education Chairperson, 1984- 1986. Professional Affairs Chair, 1982-1983. Candidate, President AACD, 1987. Mentor: Public Relations Chair, 1988. Board of Directors, American Counseling Association (formerly American Personnel and Guidance Association), 1983-1984. Chair, Committee on Counselor Advocacy, 1985-1986

Board of Directors, Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, 1984-1987. Ad Hoc Coordinator, Pennsylvania Network/Coalition of Mental Health Services Providers, 1985-1987 (20 state organizations of mental health services providers)

Legislative Co-Chairperson: Pennsylvania Mental Health Counselors Association, 1985-1988. Registered Lobbyist.

Editor, PAMHCA Advocate, 1994-1995, Pennsylvania Mental Health Counselors Association

Licensure Drafting Committee Member, Pennsylvania Mental Health Counselors Association


American Counseling Association
American Mental Health Counselors Association
Association for Multicultural Development
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision


  • Practitioner of the Year, 2000, International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors of American Counseling Association

  • Volunteer of the Year Award, 1993, Jewish Community Center of Greater Harrisburg

  • Counselor of the Year, 1992, American Mental Health Counselors Association

  • Special Citation Presidential Award, American Mental Health Counselors Association, 1985

  • AMHCA Past President Award, 1984

  • Certificate of Appreciation, AACD Board of Directors, 1984

  • American Mental Health Counselors Association Service Award, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990

  • Recipient, Capitol Campus Faculty Council Grants, 1981 & 1982 ($3,000)

  • Who's Who in the East; "Outstanding Young Men in America", U.S. Jaycees, 1979

  • Recipient, Tuition Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 1977-1978

  • New York University School of Education Alumni Association Dean John Withers Award, 1968

  • Arch Award Certificate of Merit, New York University, 1968


  • Featured Mental Health Consultant, Public Affairs Division for radio station WWKL, 94.9 FM, monthly Sunday morning program

  • Institutional Ethics Committee, Polyclinic Hospital

  • Tri-County Mental Health Association, Camp Hill, PA. Speakers Bureau

  • Stop Abuse by Counselors, Camp Hill, PA

  • Tri-County Council on Addictive Diseases, Harrisburg, PA

  • Christian Churches United, Harrisburg, PA

  • Speakers Bureau, Department of Community Relations, Penn State- Harrisburg, 1972-1991

  • Pennsylvania Federation of Temple Youth and National Council of Jewish Women, Harrisburg, PA

  • The Cooper Union, New York City, NY

  • The Northern Valley (NJ) Regional Drug Abuse Prevention Council


Mental Health Association

  • Board of Directors 1996 - 2002

  • President - 1999-2002

  • Vice President and Advocacy Chair - 1997-1999

Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition , Acting Secretary 1999-2002

Penn State Hillel Foundation Board of Directors 2001-2003, 1996- 1999

Jewish Council For Public Affairs, NY, NY, Member, Social Justice and Equal Opportunity Committee. Israel Committee

United Jewish Community of Greater Harrisburg, PA

  • Co-Chair, Israel: Now and Forever Rally 2001

  • Co-Chair, United Jewish Community for America Rally. September 23, 20001

  • Co-Chair, Super Sunday Telethon $100,000

  • Member, UJCA Campus Development Fund Dinner Committee $560,000 1996

  • Member, Board of Directors 1995-1998

  • Member, Task Force on Intergroup Relations 1994-Present 

  • Program Chair, Maimonedes Society (Health Care Professionals) 1995-1996

  • Member, Executive Committee of Federation 1995

  • Chair, Community Relations Council 1993-1995

  • Member, Board of Directors 1995-1998

  • Co-Chair, 1000+ Campaign Division 1995-1996

  • Chair, Annual Super Sunday Telethon $125,000 1994

  • Co-Chair, Annual Super Sunday Telethon $110,000 1993

  • Executive Director Search Committee 1992

  • Government Affairs Chair, Community Relations Council 1992

Jewish Community Center Board of Directors, Membership Chair 1992-1995

United Way of the Capital Region: Trainer, Loaned Executive Program 1989-1994

Transportation Chair, Jewish Home of Harrisburg, Annual Picnic 1990-1992

Vice President, Jewish Family Service 1976, Board of Directors 1973-1976

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