2 Day Advanced Intensive: Differential Diagnosis and the DSM-5-TR

Presented by Margaret L. Bloom, Ph.D.

Live Streaming on June 12 - 13, 2023


12 Hours | Pre-approved for CEU’s


This online course will be streaming live on June 12 – 13, 2023 from 8:30am – 4:00pm PT, 10:30am – 6:00pm CT, 11:30am – 7:00pm ET after purchase.

10:00am – 10:15am PT, 12:00pm – 12:15pm CT, 1:00pm – 1:15pm ET
12:00pm – 1:00pm PT, 2:00pm – 3:00pm CT, 3:00pm- 4:00pm ET
2:30pm – 2:45pm PT, 4:30pm – 4:45pm CT, 5:30pm – 5:45pm ET

Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until July 17, 2023. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.
Please allow 1 – 3 business days after the course airs for recorded footage to become available.

Registration will close on June 11, 2023.

Nearly 40% of clients with serious mental disorders are misdiagnosed. This course is designed to help mental health professionals effectively and more accurately diagnosis clients across the lifespan using a differential diagnosis process and the DSM-5-TR. This course is hands-on, providing knowledge and practice making differential diagnoses. The course consists of four hours focused on the essential basics of the differential diagnosis process DSM-5-TR additions and changes and eight hours covering advanced knowledge about differential DSM-5-TR diagnoses and potential comorbid disorders for the following common client symptom-patterns: depression, anxiety, anger, psychosis, cognitive impairment, anger, impulsivity, hyperactivity, and disruptive behaviors. The differential diagnosis  considerations for clients with a history of trauma are included. Included across the course are opportunities to practice differential diagnosis for Client Case Studies.

Quick Review: Using the DSM-5-TR and ICD-10

    1. Two models: DSM-5-TR and ICD-10
    2. Using the DSM-5-TR Manual for Diagnosis
    3. DSM-5-TR and ICD-10 Coding and Recording
    4. Web-based DSM-5-TR Online Screening Tools

DSM-5-TR Changes and Additions

  • Why a revision to the DSM-5?
  • Significant advances in understanding specific disorders
  • Knowledge of the impact of racism on diagnosis and presenting symptoms
  • Alignment with the ICD-11 disorder names and codes
  • Key diagnostic changes
  • Prolonged Grief Disorder,
  • Suicidal Behavior, Nonsuicidal Self-Injury
  • Changed diagnostic criteria-sets for over 70 mental disorders
  • New names for disorders and symptoms
  • New mental disorder subtypes and specifiers
  • Revised text for all most all disorders and increased emphasis on the impact of racism and discrimination in diagnosis
  • Revised ICD-10-CM codes implemented since 2013.

Four Step Differential Diagnosis

    1. Case 1: Rita: Client with Multiple Problems
    2. Steps to a DSM-5-TR Differential Diagnosis

Step 1: Gathering Client Information and Behavior Sample

Step 2: Identifying Key DSM-5 Symptom Clusters

Step 3: Differential Diagnosis List

Step 4: Initial DSM-5 Diagnosis

    1. Comorbidity considerations

Differential DSM-5 Diagnosis for Common Presenting Symptom

    • Clients with Symptom Pattern of Depression
  • Key symptoms of Depression and Dysphoria
  • Substance-Related and Medical conditions with Depressive Symptoms
  • Mental Disorders with Symptoms of Depression
  • Diagnosis Challenge Case 2: Joe: An Overwhelmed Client
  • Differentiating Disorders with Symptoms of Depression
  • Frequent Comorbid Disorders

Clients with Symptom Pattern of Fear and Anxiety

  1. Key Symptom Patterns of Anxiety
  2. Substance-Related and Medical conditions with Anxiety Symptoms
  3. Mental Disorders with Symptoms of Anxiety
  4. Specific Differential Diagnoses
  5. Frequent Comorbid Disorders
  6. Diagnosis Challenge Case 3: Hunter: A Fearful and Worried Client

Clients with Symptom Patterns of Abnormal Cognition

Sorting Patterns of Abnormal Cognition

  1. Key Symptom Patterns of Psychosis
    1. Substance-Related and Medical conditions that produce Psychosis
    2. Mental Disorders with Symptoms of Psychosis
  2. Differential Diagnosis when Cognitive Deficits as a Key Symptom​
  3. Neurodevelopmental Disorders versus Neurocognitive Disorders
  4. Differential Diagnosis of Memory Loss

Clients with a Symptom Pattern of Anger and Hostility

    1. Key Symptom Patterns of Anger
    2. Substance-Related and Medical conditions that produce Anger
    3. Mental Disorders with Symptoms of Anger
    4. Diagnosis Challenge Case 4: Fred: A Client with a Short Fuse


Differential DSM-5 Diagnosis of Clients with Dysfunctional Behaviors

  • Clients with Prominent Impulsivity and Poor Impulse Control
  • Normal Development of Self-Regulation of Impulse
  • Signs and Symptoms of Impulsivity in Children and Adults
  • Substance-Related and Medical Conditions that Impact Impulse Regulation
  • DSM-5-TR Disorders with Dominant Disruptive and Impulse Control symptoms
  • Diagnosis Challenge Case 5: Wyatt: Out-of-Control Adolescent

Clients with Prominent Hyperactivity

  • Normal Development of Energy vs Hyperactivity
  • Signs and Symptoms of Hyperactivity in Children and Adults
  • Substance-Related and Medical Conditions that Impact Energy and Activity
  • Differential Diagnosis of DSM-5-TR Disorders with Dominant Symptoms of Hyperactivity

Clients with Disruptive Behaviors

  • Disruptive Behavior Symptoms
  • Diagnostic Challenge: Case 6: Natalia is a Problem
  • Substance-Related and Medical conditions associated with Disruptive Behaviors
  • Differential Diagnosis by Patterns of Disruptive Behavior
  • Defiant, Angry and Vindictive
  • Impulsive and/or Antisocial

Clients with Experiences of Trauma or Psychosocial Stressors

Information Required to Diagnose Clients with Traumatic Experiences

  • DSM-5-TR definition of Traumatic Event
  • Presence of Physical Injuries
    1. DSM-5-TR Trauma and Stressor-Related Mental Disorders
    2. Differential Diagnosis of Mental Disorders Developed after Stressors
  • Describe new mental disorders and other conditions of clinical attention in the DSM-5-TR.
  • Explain the steps in the differential diagnosis process leading to an initial DSM-5-TR diagnosis list.
  • Identify DSM-5-TR diagnoses that should be considered in the differential diagnosis list for clients with symptom patterns of anxiety, depression, anger, psychosis, or abnormal cognitive symptoms.
  • List commonly occurring comorbid disorders with depression, bipolar and anxiety disorders.
  • Conduct a differential diagnosis process to accurately diagnose clients with prominent dysfunctional behaviors, disruptive, impulsive or hyperactive behavior.
  • Identify the necessary information to differentiate among the DSM-5-TR Trauma- and Stressor-Related diagnoses.

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Probation Officers, Police Officers, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Margaret (Peggy) L. Bloom, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin is a licensed psychologist and National Certified Counselor (NCC) recognized for her expertise in assessment, DSM diagnosis and counselor education.  Peggy is an elected fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Division 17 and past president of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). Prior to Marquette, Peggy served as professor at Loyola University, Chicago, University of Memphis, Boston University Overseas, University of Florida and University of Hawaii.

Beginning her career as a psychiatric nurse and earning graduate degrees in nursing, counseling, and counseling psychology, Dr. Bloom brings a unique interdisciplinary perspective to each seminar.  She has provided seminars for mental health professionals on the diagnosis of mental disorders using the DSM in 47 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$449.00N/A
Full-Time Student$359.00N/A

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