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How to Use the New Standards with Confidence

Dear Colleague,

No single factor has a greater impact on insurance coverage, medication practices, clinical research, and how we think about mental disorders than the DSM. And the dramatic changes in the new DSM-5 are realities no mental health practitioner can afford to ignore.

Almost a year after its introduction, debate still swirls around DSM-5—the most radical and controversial revision of diagnostic standards in 20 years. Meanwhile, clinicians working with real clients every day want concrete guidance about how to assess and diagnose clients and be reimbursed by insurance companies in the DSM-5 era.

Here's an on-demand Networker Webcast series that gives you what you need. In 6 webcast sessions, this series covers the new DSM structure and the thinking behind it: what’s in, what’s been jettisoned, and how to assess and diagnose with confidence using the DSM-5 criteria.

Want to learn more? Sign up for The Uproar Over DSM-5 and dive into a full exploration. Start watching all 6 on-demand Webcast sessions right away. Watch them again and again for a full year. Download MP3s of each session, transcripts, and bonus readings to add to your permanent library. 

Why Understanding the New DSM-5 Guidelines Is Critical to the Success of Your Practice.

Like it or not, DSM dictates how we think about mental disorders, diagnoses, clinical research, and insurance coverage. The changes in this new edition will affect how you practice, and this series covers what you need to know:    

  • The major controversies and heated debates surrounding this new edition and why they matter
  • The new structure of DSM-5 and how it differs from DSM-IV
  • Why specific diagnostic categories have been introduced and others eliminated
  • The new, more precise specifiers necessary for diagnosis
  • Other practical changes that will impact your clinical work and insurance reimbursement
  • The forces that shaped DSM-5—economic, scientific, and political
  • The role that neuroscience increasingly plays in psychological diagnosis and how that will impact the DSM moving forward
  • Powerful Insights from DSM experts—proponents, critics, and clinicians on the front line.

Get the Big Picture Plus Practical Guidance on Using the New Standard from Leading DSM Experts.

To help you make sense of DSM-5 changes, we included some of the top names in the field--Allen Frances, Martha Teater, Darrel Regier, Jack Klott, Gary Greenberg, and David Mays. In this must-watch Networker Webcast series, they zero in on what you need to know about DSM-5, and how to work successfully with the new criteria in your practice.

Session 1

Saving Normal: Is Psychiatric Diagnosis Out of Control?
Allen Frances, Ph.D.

Learn about the major problems with DSM-5, such as:
Allen Frances
  • The problem of diagnostic inflation and the pervasive role of Big Pharma and overmedication in psychiatry today
  • The major differences between DSM-IV and DSM-5
  • How DSM-5 lowers thresholds for diagnoses like ADHD, addictions, PTSD, and personality disorders
  • The problem with new diagnoses, like Somatic Symptom Disorder and Disruptive Mood Dysregulation
  • How to improve psychiatric diagnosis

Session 2

Navigating the New DSM-5: Ten Ways It Will Impact Your Practice
Martha Teater, M.A.

Examine the major revisions in DSM-5, including changes in:
Martha Teater
  • The 5 Axis System, which eliminates the Global Assessment of Functioning and Contributing Factor Axes
  • The Severity Scales, with a focus on eating disorders, oppositional defiant disorder, and autism spectrum disorders
  • New symptom clusters for PTSD, personality disorders, and substance use disorders
  • New diagnoses, including Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Somatic Symptom Disorder, and Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder
  • The elimination of Asperger’s Syndrome, the Bereavement Exclusion, and other diagnoses

Session 3

Answering the Critics: Inside the Decision-Making for DSM-5
Darrel Regier, M.D., M.P.H.

Evaluate the rationale for the changes in DSM-5, including:
Darrel Regier
  • The goals of the DSM-5 Task Force and the process that shaped their decision-making
  • How the emphasis on more objective criteria for diagnosis shaped DSM-5
  • The specific purpose of the major revisions in the new DSM and the science that supported them
  • Why new diagnoses were introduced and some older diagnoses eliminated
  • The most common criticisms of DSM-5 and the APA’s response to them

Session 4

Revolutionizing Diagnosis and Treatment Using DSM-5
Jack Klott, M.S.S.A.

Understand how changes in DSM-5 can lead to improved treatment with the following conditions:
Jack Klott
  • Anxiety, depressive, and bipolar disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Substance use and addictions
  • Trauma and stress-related disorders
  • Suicidal and self-mutilating clients

Session 5

The Book of Woe: DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry
Gary Greenberg

Analyze the debates raised by DSM-5, with special attention to:
Gary Greenberg
  • The history of DSM, from 1952 to the present
  • The power of the American Psychiatric Association
  • The major controversies surrounding DSM-5
  • NIMH and the search for the biological roots of psychopathology
  • What therapists can do about our diagnostic system

Session 6

Beyond DSM-5: The Future of Treating Mental Disorders
David Mays, M.D., Ph.D.

Review the latest developments and what they tell us about the future of psychotherapy, including:
David Mays
  • New developments in genetics and epigenetics related to mental health care
  • The implications of functional neuroanatomy for understanding mental health clients
  • What lies ahead in the development of brain stimulation, the next generation of medications and biofeedback
  • The best practices in suicide risk assessment
  • The role of our ideas about “happiness” in the psychotherapy of the future

Isn't this the Kind of Information You've Been Looking for? Sign up for The Uproar Over DSM-5 and dive into a comprehensive, in-depth exploration of what you need to know and do. Start watching all 6 on-demand Webcast sessions right away.

 Are You Confident About Using the New DSM-5 Standards?

What's Really Going On?
  • Do you know how to use the more precise specifiers necessary for correct diagnosis and, ultimately, insurance reimbursement?
  • How do you navigate assessment and diagnosis with the changes in familiar diagnostic categories?
  • What is the relevance of the shifts in diagnostic categories to the actual treatment you offer?
  • Why is understanding the controversies around these new standards important to your practice--today and in the future?

Get answers to your questions. Sign up for The Uproar Over DSM-5 and get the insight and practical information to assess, diagnose, and get reimbursed under the new DSM-5 standards. Start watching all 6 on-demand Webcast sessions right away.

Just Added: Free Premium Bonus Report PLUS 2 Free CEs

We always look for ways to give you more—like this Premium Bonus Report, created exclusively for attendees of this course. It enhances your perspective on the issues and gives you the latest information about how clinicians are working with DSM-5 successfully. The Premium Report draws from recent Networker articles including:

  • The Book We Love to Hate: An irresistibly readable, eye-opening examination of the scientific and historical roots of the DSM debate that will change the way you look at it.
  • Shedding Light on DSM-5: A seasoned therapist trainer discusses how your colleagues all around the country are reacting to the new DSM.
  • The Cult of DSM: A therapist describes what it takes to create an alternative to practicing under the yoke of the current diagnostic system.


To get your 2 FREE CEs, simply pass the no-hassle DSM-5
online quiz and print out your 2 CE certificate online.

Candid Conversations, Probing Questions, Practical
Answers—There's No More Engaging Way to Learn.

Click on the video below to watch a preview from this series.

All 6 Webcasts Are Available Right Now.

Watch, Listen, Read—this Great Series Gives You Multiple Ways to Learn.

  • 6 streaming-video Webcast sessions available on-demand 24/7.
  • Watch sessions again and again for a full year after purchase.
  • Downloadable MP3s of every session. They're yours to keep forever.
  • Downloadable transcripts so you can take notes or review at any time.
  • Plus you get bonus materials that take you even deeper into the topic.

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- Austin, TX
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- New York, NY

DSM-5 Changes Will Affect Your Practice! Learn What to Do from these Leading Experts.

Allen Frances, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at Duke University and former Chair of its Department of Psychiatry. He was Chair of the DSM-IV Task Force, and is the author of Saving Normal and Essentials of Psychiatric Diagnosis.

Martha Teater, M.A., is a Diplomate with the Academy of Cognitive Therapy who has trained over 4,000 clinicians on the new changes in DSM-5.

Darrel Regier, M.D., M.P.H., is Executive Director of the American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education (APIRE), and Vice Chair of the DSM-5 Task Force.

Jack Klott, M.S.S.A., is the founder of the Michigan Association of Suicidology, and the author of The Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment Planner and Suicide and Psychological Pain: Prevention That Works

Gary Greenberg, is a practicing psychotherapist in Connecticut and author of The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry.

David Mays, M.D., Ph.D., is a forensic psychiatrist practicing in Madison, Wisconsin, and author of the Major Mental Illness Pocket Guides.

Get What You Need Sign up for The Uproar Over DSM-5 and dive into a full exploration of the new standards so you can assess and diagnose with confidence. Start watching all 6 on-demand Webcast sessions right away.

Don’t be thrown by all the changes in the new DSM-5. Our new on-demand course helps you get on top of what you need to know.


Rich Simon
Editor, Psychotherapy Networker

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