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Using DSM-5 in Case Formulation and Treatment Planning

Presented by Gary G. Gintner, PhD, LPC - 6 CE Hours

Workshop Description:
Case formulation is way of summarizing a client's problem and the key factors that contribute to its onset, presentation and persistence. This program describes how DSM-5 can enrich this case formulation process and inform treatment planning. An overview of DSM-5 is presented at the outset highlighting how the organizational structure, diagnostic information and enhancements can be used to aid differential diagnosis and the identification of critical risk and protective factors. Next, particular disorders are examined in more depth including major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, and substance use disorder. For each, a step-by-step process of case formulation is discussed and illustrated using case examples. Best practices for each disorder are reviewed with particular attention paid to tailoring the treatments to client characteristics such as developmental level and readiness to change. Throughout the program case vignettes provide opportunities for participants to practice diagnostic and case formulation skills.

Learning Objectives:
 By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:
1. Describe at least four major components of a case formulation.
2. Describe at least three ways that DSM-5’s organizational structure and diagnostic information can inform case formulation and treatment planning.
3. State the essential diagnostic criteria and risk factors for the major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, and substance use disorder.
4. State at least one best practice intervention for each of the disorders discussed in the workshop.
5. Describe how case formulation and treatment planning can be tailored to developmental issues and readiness to change.