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Friday April 4, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
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Lehigh University-Iacocca Hall-Wood Dining Room 
111 Research Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Driving Directions 


Free parking is available in the lot to the right of Iacocca Hall.  Handicapped parking and metered parking is available in front of Iacocca Hall.


Wendy Manarino 

LVBCH Employer Forum
"Addressing the Unthinkable: Violence in the Workplace"

“Shots Fired!” . . . the last two words you expect to hear at your workplace, school, college, hospital, shopping mall or other public place.  Unfortunately, violent events are occurring with catastrophic results every day.  You cannot ignore reality at the expense of your safety.   Do you know what to do if the unthinkable happens?  Knowing what to do could save your life and the lives of those around you. 

The Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare (LVBCH) cordially invites you to attend an Employer Forum designed to empower you with knowledge and strategies for preventing, surviving and recovering from violent workplace events.

  • Law enforcement experts from Lehigh University’s police department will teach you how to recognize and survive an “Active Shooter” event – a term used to describe a person who is actively engaged in attempting to randomly kill people in public places.  These tragic situations are usually over very quickly so you need to be prepared to protect yourself and others before law enforcement arrives.
  • Behavioral health experts from Integrated Behavioral Health will provide you with information to help you understand what drives some employees to violence, how to spot the warning signs, how to assess and prevent threats of violence, as well as strategies to de-escalate and defuse potentially violent situations.  You will also lean about the importance of providing employee support after a violent event occurs.

Bring your Human Resources, Safety and Security colleagues with you and join us for an educational and networking event you will not want to miss!  What you learn could save your life.

Please RSVP by Friday, 3/21/14.

Registration is currently closed. 

Contact Wendy Manarino at for more information.

Program Schedule

  8:00 am       Registration & Light Refreshments
  8:30 am       Welcome & Introductions
  8:45 am      “Surviving an Active Shooter Event” by Sergeant Chris Houtz, Lehigh University

  9:45 am       Break
10:00 am      "Addressing the Unthinkable: Violence in the Workplace"
                        by Dr. Samuel Mayhugh & Dr. Eric Gustafson, Integrated Behavioral Health
11:00 am       Employer Roundtable Discussion
12:00 noon   Adjournment

Featured Speakers

Sergeant Chris Houtz
Investigations Unit Supervisor, Lehigh University

Sergeant Chris Houtz works for the Lehigh University Police Department.  He began his career in law enforcement in 1999 and joined the Lehigh University Police Department in 2001. Sgt. Houtz is currently the Investigations Unit Supervisor as well as one of the Department’s Active Shooter Instructors.  Through his work presenting the “Active Shooter” Program, Sgt. Houtz has reached out to hundreds of people at Lehigh University and in the private sector.

Samuel Mayhugh, Ph.D.
Founder & President, Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH)

Dr. Sam Mayhugh has 36 years experience in health care delivery and management.  Dr. Mayhugh graduated from Olivet Nazarene University, Purdue University and Indiana State University.  He served as Psychology Department Chair of Olivet University and Pasadena, now Point Loma University.  He participated in Harvard Medical School’s initial post-graduate program for managed behavioral health and attended Oxford University Executive Programme.  He is the founder of IBH and serves in the Office of the President. 

Prior to IBH, Dr. Mayhugh was in private outpatient and hospital practice, then founded the following: a 70,000 employee EAP for HCA; what is now WellPoint Behavioral Health; PacifiCare Behavioral Health; and Treatment Centers of America.  He is a co-author of the textbook, Managed Behavioral Healthcare: An Industry Perspective.  Dr. Mayhugh’s work with safety and security departments of IBH’s clients has resulted in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security contracting with him, as a Principal Consultant, for training of employers regarding terrorism and threats to high-risk employers and management of employees post-violence.

Eric Gustafson, Psy.D.
Assistant VP Clinical Quality Management, Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH)

Dr. Gustafson has spent 30 years in the design, training, delivery and quality management consulting of Employee Assistance and behavioral health services. Dr. Gustafson has extensive experience in clinical quality management and service delivery of inpatient, residential, and outpatient psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment programs. In his 18 years at IBH he has developed specialized employee assistance evaluations; directed the behavioral healthcare clinical team; overseen clinical quality activities; and supervised intensive case management services.

‘Dr. G’ is identified as an expert consultant for employers in need of help with impaired or ‘troubled’ employee and critical incidents.  Dr. G consults daily with employers regarding intervention strategies for employees with safety risk concerns, behavioral problems, fitness for duty concerns, and personal problems affecting productivity.  Dr. G is also a popular trainer for employer topics such as: conflict de-escalation and communication strategies; wellness research for improved motivation and productivity; substance abuse awareness; and managerial skills in utilizing the EAP.

Registration is currently closed. 

Contact Wendy Manarino at for more information.