This online course is on-demand.
Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until April 3, 2023. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.
Registration will close on April 1, 2023.
Proper diagnosis is essential to effective treatment. This 12-hour workshop will present a broad overview of all the major diagnostic categories as described in the DSM-5, with an emphasis on differential diagnosis, or how to distinguish between seemingly similar symptom clusters. This workshop will examine the strengths and limitations of the DSM-5 and diagnosis in general, and will discuss personal and cultural biases and how to prevent them. Evidence-based screening and assessment tools that are standardized and validated will also be covered. In addition, we will explore current process-based models that are moving beyond the DSM. Through lecture and case examples, participants will learn and practice using clear steps toward improving diagnostic accuracy.
Background, development, and strengths & limitations of DSM
- Objective standards vs subjective biases
- Importance of cultural factors
- Defining mental disorder and ruling out other factors
- General principles of differential diagnosis
Evidence-Based Screening and Assessment Tools
- Importance of standardization and validation
- Intelligence & Aptitude Measures
- Personality Measures
- Symptom and Other Measures
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
Bipolar & Related Disorders
Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders
Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders
Feeding and Eating Disorders
Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders
Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders
Personality Disorders: Why they are a completely different phenomenon than other disorders
Other Conditions That May Be a Focus of Clinical Attention (V/Z codes)
Beyond the DSM: A Processed-Based Approach to Diagnosis
At the conclusion of this program, attendees will be able to:
- Describe the background and development of the DSM.
- Understand the relevance of bias and diversity factors in diagnosis.
- List the four steps of differential diagnosis.
- Specify key symptoms and diagnostic criteria for frequently diagnosed mental disorders.
- Differentiate between overlapping symptoms and comorbid conditions to find the correct diagnosis.
- Articulate why personality disorders are fundamentally different from other DSM disorders.
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, School Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.
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