DSM-5 Conference Update

DSM-5 Conference: Guide to Practice Impact

June 28, 2013 | LaVista, Nebraska

Seeking guidance on practice impact of DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition — released in May 2013), over 160 behavioral health professionals attended a BHECN conference held June 28 in LaVista. The subject: translating new diagnostic criteria into practice.

Keynote speaker was Donald Black, MD, professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He is author of the guidebook, The Essential Companion to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition.

Dr. Black reviewed key changes in the 5th edition, then conducted a breakout session on new adult/geriatric diagnostic criteria and effects on practice.

A second breakout session on new child/adolescent diagnostic criteria and practice impact was led by BHECN medical director Howard Liu, MD, and associate clinical director Joseph Evans, PhD.

The conference concluded with a panel answering audience questions.

Feedback from conference attendees:

  Patricia Wicks, PhD, Psychologist
Background: Professor in higher education, private practice since 1986
Specialization: OCD, Anxiety, Trauma Treatment, EMDR
Omaha, NE

“The presentation was excellent. I recently purchased the DSM-5. Upon my initial review, I was quickly overwhelmed and didn’t know where to start. This conference provided a snap shot of the DSM-5 changes, making the implementation in my practice more manageable.”

  TaWanda Mercer, APRN Nurse Practitioner
Behavioral Health Experience: 15 years
Omaha, NE

“I heard a lot about proposed changes in the DSM-5. It was great to learn about the new changes and the rationale behind the changes. The information was relevant and useful.”

  Mark Renner, MS, LIMHP
Fremont, NE
“The conference reassured me there are not as many changes as were rumored. Some of the changes seem to be more encompassing. Others will be easier to fully utilize with some experience.”

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