Using the DSM-5 in Practice: A New Look at Diagnoses, Dimensionality, and Recording

Presented by Yvonne Owen, PhD on 05-12-2014 at 9 a.m. Pacific to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

This web conference will offer answers to some of the most pressing concerns regarding the recent publication of the new diagnostic system, the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5). Much has changed in this edition, and these changes present unique challenges to clinicians in their practice. Several new diagnoses have been introduced, many familiar conditions have been reconfigured, and others have been eliminated. In addition, the elimination of the multiaxial system has raised questions about what impact this has on the diagnostic process. These concerns include what clinical information is now relevant to include, as well as how to understand the concept of dimensionality, which has been introduced as a way to communicate the information that had been a point of focus with Axes IV and V.

This presentation will introduce alternative ways to address these concerns and will also clarify the revised coding process required in professional settings and with third-party payers. In addition, the required interface of the DSM-5 with the ninth edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9) will be discussed. The transition in October 2014 to the ICD-10 will require an additional challenge for clinicians to significantly change their coding practices. This presentation will provide guidelines to move through these complex changes.

This web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Describe the major diagnostic changes in the DSM-5;
  2. Apply alternative ways to communicate clinical information formerly found in Axes IV and V in the former diagnostic system;
  3. Discuss the basics concepts of the new coding system used by third party payors and the therapeutic community;
  4. Critique the interface of the DSM-5 with the ICD-9 and the ICD-10, including coding changes.

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Event Reviews from Members

The overview of the DSM-5 compared to DSM IV-TR provided me with some insight to understanding the differences. In other words, I can now talk about the DSM-5 with a more informed opinion. - Matthew F. Baysden, PhD

This workshop was excellent, held my attention the entire time and was very helpful. Thank you! - Karin Robbins, LCSW, SEP

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The DSM-5, anticipating this change, [included] the ICD-10 coding . . . . With each separate diagnosis, there's a disorder that's listed. For example, obsessive compulsive disorder, and similar to what was in the DSM-IV, you would then find a coding number either right after that or in the body of the criteria someplace. Whenever there's a coding number, that number in bold is the ICD-9 number, which is also at this point the DSM-5 number. But there's also another number in parentheses, not in bold, immediately following that coding. And it usually starts with an S or a Z, so it's got numbers and letters. And that is the ICD-10 number. So you have in your hands the ICD-10 coding, as well as the ICD-9 coding. And again, the date for all of us moving to the ICD-10, and that's the medical community as well as us, will be in October of 2015 now. - Yvonne Owen, PhD

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Yvonne Owen, PhD

Yvonne Owen, PhD

Yvonne Owen, PhD, received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Washington in 1978 and became a licensed practitioner in the state of Washington in 1983. She worked in the community mental health system for eight years, first as a staff clinician, then as the director of outpatient services. For the following 29 years, Dr. Owen taught full-time in the Master’s Program in Mental Health Counseling at Seattle University, until her retirement from teaching in 2009. During that time, she developed and taught the Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis course and also maintained a small private practice in Seattle; she continues to practice two days a week. In addition, Dr. Owen has been conducting educational workshops for practicing clinicians for the last 10 years, specializing in trainings on the DSM as well as clinical supervision. Dr. Owen has been offering a series of workshops on the latest edition of the DSM, and she presents for local, regional, and state organizations about the recent diagnostic changes.

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