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Using the DSM-5® for Effective Assessment and Treatment
Using the DSM-5® for Effective Assessment and Treatment


When:  Monday, November 4, 2013 at 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

The arrival of DSM-5® represents another milestone in defining and understanding mental disease. For better or worse, it is the official mental health guidebook for diagnosis, court evaluations, and insurance reimbursement. It also defines what is normal and what is abnormal in our culture, and by implication, where the limits are of personal responsibility.

In this seminar, you will explore DSM-5® in depth, emphasizing in what ways DSM-IV® has been revised and the evidence behind these changes. You will also expand on the DSM® categories to describe current controversies related to diagnosis and treatment in mental health.

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  1. Recognize the differences between DSM-IV® and DSM-5® and the reasons for these changes.
  2. Discuss the controversies surrounding DSM-5® and impacts on treatment planning.
  3. Outline the new diagnostic categories.
  4. Discuss the implications of severity scales.
  5. Describe the social implications for including disorders in DSM-5®.
  6. Summarize the new DSM-5® organizational structure.


Dr. David Mays, M.D., Ph.D., is a licensed physician in the state of Wisconsin. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and has Additional Qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor on the faculties of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a dual appointment as faculty in the Department of Professional Development and Applied Studies. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association, and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Over the last 23 years, Dr. Mays has practiced psychiatry in a variety of settings, including an HMO, an assertive community treatment program, private clinical and forensic practice, and as the clinical director of the forensic program at the Mendota Mental Health Institute. This forensic program is a 180-bed program, with the only maximum security forensic unit in the state of Wisconsin. Dr. Mays was the treating psychiatrist on the most restrictive unit in maximum security, housing some of the most dangerous psychiatric patients in the state.

Dr. Mays has received numerous awards for his teaching and clinical work, including the Distinguished Service Award from the Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Dane County, the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill, the Exceptional Performance Award from the Wisconsin Health and Family Services, the 2006 Outstanding Professional Award from the Wisconsin Association on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, and the 2010 Outstanding Mental Health Professional Award from the Wisconsin National Alliance on Mental Illness. He is a highly sought after presenter on numerous topics in mental health, including psychiatric diagnosis and treatment, personality disorders, suicide and aggression risk management, mainstream and alternative treatments in psychiatry, and the biology of ethics.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. Certificates of Completion are distributed at the conclusion of the live seminar for those who register prior to the event date and attend the full day. A letter of attendance will be issued to participants who register at the event, arrive late, or leave early. For those who registered day of (walk-ins), and are in full attendance, a certificate of completion for full CE credit will be sent within 30 days following the event. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

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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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