Psychiatry changes to air at USQ workshop
MENTAL health experts will discuss the implications of The American Psychiatric Association’s latest release of its diagnostic manual at USQ Fraser Coast on 19 July 2013.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is a guide that sets the criteria for health professionals worldwide to determine a diagnosis. The $25 million revision is the result of research since the last version was published in 1990.
USQ Fraser Coast Senior Lecturer Dr Patrick O’Brien said the DSM-5 contains substantial changes from the DSM-IV-TR, and as a result, it has both supporters and critics.
“With proposed changes across each of the psychiatry diagnostic categories there are significant implications for both clinicians and educators alike,” Dr O’Brien said.
“Perhaps the most notable is the formalisation of Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
“With the DSM-5, the children who could previously be diagnosed with either Autism Spectrum Disorder or Asperger’s Syndrome will be all diagnosed with ASD.
“Some experts are concerned the single spectrum diagnosis could result in treatments not being applied well enough.”
That and other changes from DSM-IV-TR to DSM-5 will be covered at the USQ Fraser Coast workshop being presented by Dr Gavin Beccaria, Senior Lecturer, Clinical Psychology from USQ Toowoomba.
Discussion at the interactive and informative workshop will also include diagnostic systems and their limitations, surviving the pitfalls of diagnosis and accessing services.
Dr Beccaria is currently writing a book chapter on the DSM-5 for Wiley. Before moving to academia, he was the Director of Psychology in Toowoomba Health Service and managed 35 psychologists. His current research interests include evaluating clinical and counselling interventions, and problem-solving training.
The workshop will be held at the USQ Fraser Coast Campus, 161 Old Maryborough Road, Hervey Bay, in the B104 Lecture Theatre on Friday, July 19 from 9 am to 3 pm. Cost is $60 including morning tea and lunch. Registrations close Monday, July 15. To register, visit https://payments.usq.edu.au/conferencingweb.