“The New Diagnostic Statistics Manual: DSM-5”

January 23, 2015

Presented by Randy Kasper, LCSW BCD

It is important that EAP professionals are familiar with the current literature, trends and practice of diagnoses in practice today.   Clients come in perhaps self-diagnosed, with a pre-existing diagnosis or simply confused. While it is out of the scope of practice for an EAP professional to make a formal diagnosis, it will be very helpful to familiarize oneself with the language of the psychological and medical professions currently in use in speaking to both employees as well as community resources.  An overview will be given of current diagnostic categories, a brief history of the DSM on whole and some of the controversies around these changes and/or lack of changes. A powerpoint presentation will be provided.

Participants will:  

  • Learn the change to Single-axis from  Multi-axial diagnosis in the DSM 5
  • Will be able to recognize the concept of Dimensional Diagnosis and use of the specifiers
  • Will be able to apply diagnostic changes to the diagnosis of major diagnostic categories
  • Will explore the role of cultural sensitivity in the DSM 5

Randy Kasper, LCSW  BCD

Randy Kasper has been in practice for thirty years.  She is a Board Certified practitioner in the field of Clinical Social Work.   In addition to twenty years of work in hospital-based EAP programs, she has run agencies and programs for domestic violence, chemical dependency and eating disorders. She is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from addiction to spirituality to mental imagery.  A graduate and faculty member of New York’s American Institute for Mental Imagery, she has recently launched the West Coast-based School for Imagery and Health and has been granted the status of CEU provider.   Most recently she presented to the Ontario, Canada College of Teachers on the prevention of educator sexual misconduct. A Professor of Graduate Social Work at California State University for the past seven years, this past summer she offered one of the first matriculated courses on the new DSM-5.

Program Costs:
Members: $15
Non-Members: $20
Students with I.D: $10

2 PDH / CEU Credits for CEAP,  LCSW, MFT

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Friday, January 23th
8:30 am Networking
9-11 am Program

Valley Economic Alliance.
5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

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