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Making Diagnoses: Comparing the DSM-5, ICD-10, & PDM - Ethical & Risk Management Practitioner Issues

6.0 CE Hours Available

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This workshop will help mental health professionals become familiar with the new DSM -5, ICD-10, and the lesser known PDM (Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual). The presentation will include: the new taxonomy, the improvements, the controversies, how each diagnostic manual can be used across ages and cultures, and how these taxonomies can help reduce the risk and guide ethical therapeutic decisions.


Vintage courses do not offer ASWB ACE credit to social workers


Participants will be able to describe:

  • Major new elements of the DSM-5
  • Highlights of the ICD-10
  • How to prepare for the switch to ICD-10
  • How to use the PDM for informing treatment
  • How diagnostic taxonomies can help with ethical and risk management issues



Reasons for Mental Health Taxonomies

  • Ethical and humanistic dilemmas with diagnoses
  • Nosologies: Different ways to characterize disease
  • Different nosologies for different folks
  • Risk management when making diagnoses

DSM-5 Highlights and Problems

The ICD 9-10

  • The Only Legally Required Manual

The PDM: a Taxonomy for the Total Personality

  • How the PDM is used to inform therapy
  • Integrating DSM, ICD and PDM taxonomies
  • Requirements for precision
  • Forensic issues with diagnoses