Psychiatry and the DSM-5: Issues and Controversies (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $135 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 11/30/2016


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the December 2013 webcast, Psychiatry and the DSM-5: Issues and Controversies.

Do you have clients (or clients’ family members) diagnosed with mental disorders? This year, the American Psychiatry Association published the fifth edition of its classification of mental disorders, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). This is the first revision of the manual in 14 years.

Some things have changed in the DSM-5 and there may be legal ramifications.

You will learn:

  • Why the DSM was revised
  • Current controversies surrounding the DSM, including the risk of “medicalizing” normal human experience, the role of the pharmaceutical industry, and the lowering of thresholds for making various diagnoses
  • The major changes in DSM-5, including changes to the diagnostic categories and elimination of the “multi-axial” classification scheme
  • Changes to specific diagnoses, including major depressive disorder, ADHD, autism, dementia, and substance abuse
  • Some potential legal ramifications of these changes
  • What is the relationship between the DSM-5 and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD)?

New diagnoses mean new legal arguments. You will need to reevaluate your legal approach in certain cases.

Learn how new diagnoses such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, substance use disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder may affect your legal arguments in various types of cases:

  • Criminal defense cases
  • Divorce cases with a mentally ill spouse
  • Custody cases
  • Guardianship cases of the elderly

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Dr. Bruce Cohen M.D., University of Virginia / Charlottesville

* Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences
* Director, Electroconvulsive Therapy Service and Forensic Psychiatry Residency Program, University of Virginia Health System

James Hingeley, Public Defender / Charlottesville

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