Differential Diagnosis 45-hour Certificate Program
PSYCHOPATHOLOGY, DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS, AND THE DSM-5: A COMPREHENSIVE OVERVIEW
Presenting a 45-hour, eight (8) module comprehensive training program leading to a Certificate of Specialization in Differential Diagnosis. This program is designed for compliance with Georgia law SB 319, now Act 377 which requires completion of a 45-hour training program in diagnosis prior to January 1, 2018 for all clinicians whose license is regulated by the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and who do not meet requirements for exemption under this law. (Further details on compliance with this law are included below.)
Offered through a collaboration between LPCA, yourceus.com, CEU Concepts, the American College of Psychotherapy and TMH Professionals
Completion of this training program will provide all necessary CE credits for the current licensure cycle ending 9/30/18, including ethics hours.
First full 45-hour training program: 8 dates from March 10 – June 16, 2017
Second full 45-hour training program: 8 dates from September – December, dates to be determined
Registration for the complete program permits you to take all modules from the first full program, the second full program, or any combination of the two. Details about each module, including location, times and course material may be found on listing for each individual module.
Additionally, some of the modules will be available in a convenient online format, also included in the cost of the full program.
Early Bird Price for the full program: $1025 Price available through 6/8/17
Pre-registration price for each module: $185 Price at the door for each module: $225
Discounts available for members of LPCA – Contact LPCA for details
Primary training locations will vary for each module, and some modules may also be presented at multiple secondary locations throughout the state. Information on secondary locations will continue to be updated.
Enroll early as space will be limited!
It is recommended that Mental Health Clinicians who are required by law to meet these requirements enroll as soon as possible. Clinicians are already enrolling for the Full Comprehensive 45-Hour Training Program.
Additionally, clinicians are also enrolling in individual course modules even when not required to take a Differential Diagnosis Course because of their interest in receiving best practice training in specific modules.
Dates and Subject Matter for Each Module
Module I: Introduction to the DSM-5 (5 core and 2 ethics hours) First program: 3/10/17 Second program: date to be determined.
Module II: Differential Diagnosis, Scope of Practice, the Addressing of Medical Conditions, Lifestyle Factors Manifesting as Mental Health Concerns, and Sleep-Wake Disorders (5 core and 1 ethics hours) First program: 3/18/17 Second program: date to be determined.
Module III: Differential Diagnosis, Scope of Practice, and the Addressing of Anxiety Disorders and Depressive Disorders (5 core and 1 ethics hours) First program: April 22, 2017 Second program: date to be determined.
Module IV: Differential Diagnosis, Scope of Practice, and the Addressing of Substance Use Disorders, Impulse Control and Conduct Disorders, and Personality Disorders (5 core hours) First program: April 28, 2017 Second program: date to be determined.
Module V: Differential Diagnosis, Scope of Practice, and the Addressing of Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders, Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Feeding and Eating Disorders (5 core hours) First program: May 6, 2017 Second program: date to be determined.
Module VI: Differential Diagnosis, Scope of Practice, and the Addressing of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, Dissociative Disorders, and Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders (5 hours) First program: June 3, 2017 Second program: date to be determined.
Module VII: Differential Diagnosis, Scope of Practice, and the Addressing of Neurocognitive Disorders, Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders and Bipolar and Related Disorders (5 core and 1 ethics hours) First program: June 10, 2017 Second program: date to be determined.
Module VIII: Differential Diagnosis, Scope of Practice, and the Addressing of Paraphilic Disorders, Sexual Functioning Disorders, and Gender Dysphoria Disorders (5 core hours) First program: June 16, 2016 Second program: date to be determined.
Exemption guidelines for the diagnosis education requirement:
1) Clinicians who have completed a graduate level course of a minimum of three (3) credit hours in Differential Diagnosis (such as psychopathology) and have this course listed on their graduate school transcript will be considered to have fulfilled their education requirements under this Law. Every one (1) credit hour of graduate education is equal to 15 CE hours (3 x15 = 45).
2) Clinicians licensed at the Independent level (LCSW, LPC, LMFT) for at least TEN (10) YEARS before April 26, 2016, shall be grandfathered in and exempt from these requirements. If you received your independent licensure (LCSW, LPC, and/or LMFT) prior to April 26, 2006 and maintained your license without interruption or issues – and are in good standing with the Board - you will qualify for this exemption. Clinicians may not count time when licensed at the lower levels of licensure (LAPCs, LMSWs, LAMFTs) towards meeting this requirement of ten (10) years of experience as a professional counselor, clinical social worker, or marriage and family therapist.
At this time, the Licensing Board does not have a rule on the requirements under the new LAW. The Licensing Board, by law, will decide what course or training program is acceptable. The course requirement must be completed before January 1, 2018, so LPCA has been engaged in the development of this best practice program that will thoroughly cover differential diagnosis educational training. As the rule is further clarified, any modifications to this program to meet the Board’s standards will be made and integrated into the course curriculum of this 45-hour program.
Refund Policy: Refunds will be issued at any time prior to the finalization of the GA Rules for Diagnosis training. Refunds will be issued minus the amount of credit card fees.