Date: 4/27/2016, 9:00 am—4:00 pm
County: Alameda County
Sponsor: Fred Finch Youth & Family Services
This course provides a step by step process for using differential diagnosis with the DSM 5 to improve the diagnoses of children and youth in youth services, child welfare, and juvenile justice. Initial rule outs will be discussed in diagnosis including malingering, substance use, medical conditions, and not having a mental disorder. Decision trees will provide potential diagnoses for children and youth based on presenting symptoms including depressed mood, suicidal behavior, anxiety, delusions and hallucinations, irritable mood, aggressive behavior, and impulsivity. Differential diagnoses based on primary mental disorders seen will also be reviewed including major depressive disorder, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, bipolar disorder, ADHD, social anxiety disorder, PTSD, and oppositional defiant disorder. Participants will discuss challenges in making an accurate diagnosis and client cases in group discussions. Participants will also practice developing a diagnosis with children and youth using the different diagnosis process.