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Using the DSM-5® for Revolutionizing Diagnosis & Treatment
Using the DSM-5® for Revolutionizing Diagnosis & Treatment


When:  Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Controversy … change … and one of the most anticipated events in mental health history is here. The DSM-5 (a registered trademark of the American Psychiatric Association) is going to change the way you view, diagnose and treat mental illness.

For the first time ever, the DSM® depends on and incorporates evidence from the neurosciences, genetic studies, twins studies, culture, gender, ethnicity, and overall areas of research that had been largely ignored in previous editions of the DSM®. One of the biggest changes in the new edition is a dramatically fresh approach to diagnostics. The new DSM® is intended to better fit with the International Classification of Disease (ICD-10) – requiring a new paradigm and new diagnostic skills.

After years of anticipation, the DSM-5® has been released and this seminar will cover the latest DSM-5® information. Understand the dramatic changes and the implications for all practitioners.

DSM and DSM 5 are registered trademarks of the American Psychiatric Association. The American Psychiatric Association is not affiliated with nor endorses this seminar. For further information, please visit www.dsm5.org.
  1. Discuss clinical, political, economic, theological, and other influences which bring about these changes in diagnostic classifications.
  2. List at least 7 controversial changes to be included in the DSM-5®.
  3. Describe how these changes and updates may affect your clinical practice.
  4. Discuss ethical issues that mental health professionals may encounter as a result of this new diagnostic tool.
  5. Explore changes in diagnosing children and adolescent mental health conditions.
  6. Assess the nature of trauma disorders and how the DSM-5® will affect treatment.
  7. Address the DSM-5® methodologies regarding medical disorders.
  8. Identify significant changes regarding suicide, self-mutilation, dissociation and addiction disorders.


Tom Smith, P.D., FASCP, LMHC, NCP, BCC, is a Doctor of Pharmacy, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Nationally Certified Psychologist, and a Board Certified Clinical Counselor. He holds academic appointments at Butler School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the Saint Louis University School of Graduate Nursing, and the University of Phoenix. Tom is a Fellow of the American Society of Consulting Pharmacists.

Tom has spoken on Bipolar Disorder, the DSM-5®, and psychopharmacology throughout the United States. He is the author of Psychopharmacology Made Simple: A Primer, and he is internationally published on the topic of Aromatherapy.

Tom maintains an active private practice in Martinsville, Indiana, where he works with clients of all ages.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Tom Smith maintains a private practice. He will address ‘off-label’ uses of commercial products. Mr. Smith is a speaker who receives an honorarium for PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Tom Smith is nationally published on the Americans with Disabilities Act and receives no compensation.
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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

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