AVAILABLE WORKSHOPS OFFERED BY DR. ZWIERS
DSM-5 Update Part 1: Changes and Implications for Professional Practice
If you are a clinician who feels competent in the use of the DSM-IV-TR, this interactive workshop provides the opportunity for an update on the DSM-5. This interactive workshop will highlight changes in DSM-5 (including organization, diagnostic framework, and criterion sets), as well as discussing challenges and controversies. The presenter will briefly review the history of the DSM system and provide information about DSM-5's relationship to the ICD, as well as the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) currently championed by NIMH. The workshop will involve large-group presentation of information as well as small-group review of changes to the DSM-5, with time for Q&A and discussion. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be encouraged to develop a personal learning plan for the DSM-5.
DSM-5 Update Part 2: Using the DSM-5 in Clinical Practice
This interactive clinical skills workshop offers a hands-on approach to support clinicians as they transition to using the DSM-5. In order to make the DSM-5 manageable, participants will be introduced to a semi-structured screening interview that covers all key areas of the DSM-5, and which can be used across the lifespan. Participants will have the opportunity to practice using the screening instrument through partner work and will receive a copy of the Screening Interview for the DSM-5 (SID-5) for personal use. Participants will also have the opportunity to extend their working knowledge of the DSM-5 through applied case-studies with a range of diagnostic entities that highlight changes in DSM-5. Participants will identify either an adult client focus or child/youth client focus for small-group case studies.
DSM-5 Update Part 3: Differential Diagnosis with the DSM-5
This workshop uses an applied case study approach to help participants expand their practical knowledge of the DSM-5 with a range of diagnostic presentations. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to use the Semi-structured Diagnostic Interview for the DSM-5 (S-DID-5), which is a detailed follow-up interview to the SID-5. The S-DID-5 is designed to make the DSM-5 manageable, and covers all of the Mental Health Disorders in the DSM-5. This instrument does not replace the DSM-5 manual, but will help clinicians to use the DSM-5 more easily and effectively. Workshop participants will receive a copy of the comprehensive clinical interview for personal use. Participants will identify either an adult client focus or child/youth client focus for small-group case studies.
DSM-5 Update Part 4: Advanced Diagnosis with the DSM-5
This one-day workshop is designed for advanced practitioners. The course provides a model for case formulation and differential diagnosis with complex client presentations as well as offering a mix of didactic information and case studies. Topics include the effects of medical disorders, medications and street drugs on clinical presentations; a multi-step differential diagnostic decision-making process for complex clients; distinguishing clinical levels of impairment; managing challenging clients during the assessment; and using a staged approach for communicating complex diagnoses.
Note: This workshop is not open to provisional psychologists or graduate students.
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