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Module Four of Differential Diagnosis 45-hour Certificate Program: Differential Diagnosis, Scope of Practice and the Addressing of Substance Use Disorders, Impulse Control and Conduct Disorders and Personality Disorders

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    PSYCHOPATHOLOGY, DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS, AND THE DSM-5: A COMPREHENSIVE OVERVIEW

    Module Four: Differential Diagnosis, Scope of Practice and the Addressing of Substance Use Disorders, Impusle Control and Conduct Disorders and Personality Disorders

    Four core hours, One ethics hour

    Presenting module four of a 45-hour, eight (8) module comprehensive training program 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. Approved for core and ethics hours by LPCA and ASWB.

     

    Date: October 21, 2017       9:00 - 3:30

    Location 1 (live): Gwinnett Tech Lawrenceville Campus

    Building 900, Room 1105

    5150 Sugarloaf Parkway  Lawrenceville, GA 30009

     

    Possible Location 2 (streamed live): Willowbrook at Tanner

    20 Herrell Road, Villa Rica, GA 

    Contingent upon further registrations

     

     

    Additional Possible Locations for this training module on October 21 are anticipated for Savannah and Valdosta, GA. Further details will be posted shortly.  

     

    Pre-registration price for Module Four:   $185     

    Price at the door for Module Four: $225

     Lunch will be provided to all attendees.

    Discounts available for members of LPCA – Contact LPCA for details

     

     Enroll early as space will be limited! 

     

    Module IV:  Differential Diagnosis, Scope of Practice and the Addressing of Substance Use Disorders, Impulse Control and Conduct Disorders,  and Personality Disorders (4 core hours, 1 ethics hour)  

    Objectives:
    - Learn the etiology of substance use disorders based on current research
    - Comprehend the complexities of diagnosis for this disorder
    - Grasp appropriate assessment processes for determining substance use, role clarification and differentiation for master’s level clinicians, and appropriate referrals to other professionals in establishing substance use diagnoses
    - Comprehend differential diagnosis from other disorders with similar presentations
    - Apply common specifiers for substance use disorders
    - Learn appropriate treatment strategies based upon diagnosis
    - Learn the etiology of impulse control and conduct disorders based on current research
    - Comprehend the complexities of diagnosis for this disorder
    - Grasp appropriate assessment processes for determining impulse control and conduct disorders, role clarification and differentiation for master’s level clinicians, and appropriate referrals to other professionals in establishing impulse control and conduct disorders diagnoses
    - Comprehend differential diagnosis from other disorders with similar presentations
    - Apply common specifiers for impulse control and conduct disorders
    - Learn appropriate treatment strategies based upon diagnosis
    - Learn the etiology of personality disorders based on current research
    - Comprehend the complexities of diagnosis for this disorder
    - Grasp appropriate assessment processes for determining personality disorders, role clarification and differentiation for master’s level clinicians, and appropriate referrals to other professionals in establishing personality disorders diagnoses
    - Comprehend differential diagnosis with other disorders with similar presentations
    - Apply common specifiers for personality disorders
    - Learn appropriate treatment strategies based upon diagnosis

     

    Your Trainers:

     

    Linda Paulk Buchanan, PhD

    Linda Paulk Buchanan, PhD, is a Clinical Director and the founder of the Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders (ACE). Dr. Buchanan is a licensed psychologist who has been treating individuals with eating disorders since 1983. Dr. Buchanan has developed and published a model for the treatment of eating disorders. She has conducted various research projects, including the diagnosis of eating disorders, personality variables and coping resources of individuals with eating disorders. Dr. Buchanan has been active in training other psychologists and mental health professionals in the treatment of eating and anxiety disorders. Her related specialty areas include anxiety problems, family and couples therapy and group therapy. 

     

    Susan Blank, MD

    Dr. Blank is the Chief Medical Officer and Co-founder of the Atlanta Healing Center. Dr. Susan Blank is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, she completed a residency in Psychiatry and Neurology at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She received her training in Forensics at the University of Virginia, and her training in Addiction Medicine in Atlanta at the Talbott Recovery Campus. She completed a Fellowship and Advance Fellowship training in Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Addiction Medicine and the American Board of Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Examiners, a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Fellow of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, a Fellow of the American Academy of Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine and a Certified Medical Review Officer.

    Dr. Blank is President of the Georgia Society of Addiction Medicine and serves on the Advisory Board of the Georgia Physician’s Health Program. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for The Georgia Council on Alcohol and Drugs. Dr. Blank sits on the Georgia Commission on Narcotics Treatment Center. Dr. Blank and Dr. Lori Karan co-authored the chapter on Tobacco and Nicotine Addiction for the ASAM Patient Criteria released in September 2013. Dr. Blank is a contributing Author of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians Opioid Treatment Guidelines, Published March 2017. Dr. Blank can be heard nationwide every Tuesday on her weekly radio show “Detailing Addiction” on America’s Web Radio. (http://americaswebradio.com/) Free Podcasts of her show are available on iTunes at “Detailing Addictions with Dr. Susan Blank, MD.”

     

    Additional Notice on Compliance with SB 319, Act 377:

    Exemptions to the educational requirements: Clinicians who were licensed at the independent level (LCSW, LPC, LMFT) for 10 years as of April 26, 2016 and are in good standing with the Board are grandfathered in and exempt from this educational requirement. Clinicians who can provide proof on their graduate school  transcript of completion of a 3 credit hour course in differential diagnosis / psychopathology are exempt from this educational requirement. 
    At this time, the Licensing Board does not have a rule on the requirements under the new law requiring education in Differential Diagnosis / psychopathology.  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.