2017 AABSS ANNUAL CONFERENCE

CEU WORKSHOPS

Challenging Differential Diagnoses


Sunday, January 29, 2017;  11:45 am to 3 pm (3 CEUs)

The present workshop helps clinicians aptly consider the nuances of diagnoses which require added-levels of contemplation, assessment, and/or discernment.  The depressions, anxieties, personality disorders, schizo-related disorders, juvenile-related issues, autism, severe/profound intellectual disabilities, and substance-related disorders are a few of the common domains where clinicians often struggle with assigning precisely accurate diagnoses.  The workshop is organized around conceptual/research issues related to diagnostic reliability and validity, DSM-5 and ICD-10 classification system considerations, presenting models that clinicians can apply in order to enhance making accurate diagnoses (including how to “think" about differential diagnosing--irrespective of the specific disorder), providing information specific to commonly-challenging diagnoses, and discussing various case studies that have involved challenging differential diagnoses.


About the Presenter:

Wendy R. Dragon, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychology, teaching psychopathology at the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology in Dayton, Ohio. She brings to the presentation a wealthy cross-section of practical clinical experience as well as professional knowledge expertise in current and future diagnostic issues.


Understanding the Role of Behavioral Addictions

in Professional Counseling


Sunday, January 29, 2017; 3 pm to 6:15 pm (3 CEUs) 


Behavioral addictions involve compulsions to participate in activities that result in rewards occurring apart from ingesting substance-related chemicals.  For some individuals, engaging in particular behaviors activate the brain’s pleasure centers to the level that stopping becomes very challenging.  Examples of behavioral addictions include gambling, sex, internet activities, shopping, stealing, video gaming, binge eating and/or food addiction, and others.  The present workshop addresses therapeutic perspectives when helping clients whose primary presenting problem is a behavioral addiction and also assisting individuals for whom it is related to the primary clinical issue.  Workshop participants will learn about research developments in behavioral addictions, clinical best therapeutic practices, referral sources, and diagnostic considerations using the DSM-5 and ICD-10 classification systems.  Case studies will enhance the lecture presentation, illustrating principles for appropriately framing behavioral addictions and applying appropriate therapeutic techniques in clinical settings.


About the Presenter:

Amanda J. Burger, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and has practiced clinical health psychology in both hospital and private practice settings. She presently serves as the Director of Behavioral Medicine for the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency program at Mercy Health System in Youngstown, Ohio.


How Client Health Issues Impact

Professional Counseling


Monday, January 30, 2017;  11:45 am to 3 pm (3 CEUs)

Health concerns sometimes are a direct focus of clinical interventions and, in such situations, mental health professionals must be prepared to address these concerns with clients.  In other cases, health concerns are not the direct focus of therapy, in the sense that they are not the primary presenting issue.  Nonetheless, health issues often both impact and intersect with psychiatric disorders, impacting client function.  In other situations, health issues may mask or mimic psychiatric disorders and/or become the genesis of eventual mental health concerns.  In all cases, therapists must be aware of various medical conditions, understand symptoms, grasp where physical and psychological dimensions intersect, and be cognizant regarding when referring to and/or consulting with a physician is prudent.  Workshop participants will learn how to frame physical/mental issues, develop working models to assist clients who present with medical issues, and learn new resources from which to draw when counseling such individuals.


About the Presenter:

Amanda J. Burger, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and has practiced clinical health psychology in both hospital and private practice settings. She presently serves as the Director of Behavioral Medicine for the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency program at Mercy Health System in Youngstown, Ohio.


Ethical Considerations when Assigning Psychiatric Disorder Diagnoses


Monday, January 30, 2017;  3 pm to 6:15 pm (3 CEUs)

Sound ethical decision-making must permeate all aspects of clinical practice, including the assignment of psychiatric diagnoses. The present workshop addresses ethical issues that all mental health practitioners should consider when diagnosing and making resultant clinical decisions regarding client care.  In addition to following specific content contained in professional ethical codes, the workshop also underscores the importance of adopting ethical thinking toward assigning diagnoses.  The impact of cultures, ethnicities, socioeconomic variables, and various demographic issues are important to consider and weigh in this regard.  The workshop addresses potential consequences when various context and cultural impacts of clinical presentation symptoms are not duly considered.  Various case studies are shared regarding best practices, referral and supervision considerations, and handling particularly sensitive and/or challenging situations.


About the Presenter:

Wendy R. Dragon, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychology, teaching psychopathology at the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology in Dayton, Ohio. She brings to the presentation a wealthy cross-section of practical clinical experience as well as professional knowledge expertise in current and future diagnostic issues.


CEU Approval by APA and NBCC


Twelve (12) hours toward Continuing Education Units (CEU) credit will be awarded to those attending each of the respective workshops. Plenary attendance at the respective sessions is required in order to receive the CEU credits; conference participants may attend one or more sessions, receiving either a total of three (3), six (6), nine (9), or twelve (12) CEU credits. The credits have been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors through Western New Mexico University’s continuing education office (Western New Mexico University; Family Counseling Center; PO Box 680; Silver City NM 88062; 575-538-6805; NBCC #4336) and maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. PsychContinuingEd.com, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA #2144) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and also maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. The workshops have been approved by the Nevada Board of Examiners for Social Workers as well as the Board of the Nevada Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists & Clinical Professional Counselors for 3 CE hours. Since this is a national conference, workshop participants are encouraged to check with their respective state licensure boards regarding the applicability of APA, NBCC, or Nevada Social Worker, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Professional Counselor Boards toward their respective annual licensure requirements.


COST

There is no additional cost for the CEU workshops, beyond the normal AABSS conference registration fee. Individuals who wish to attend the workshops only, and not the AABSS conference, may receive the CEUs for attending the respective sessions at $15 per CEU credit.