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Digital Seminar

Mastering Differential Diagnosis with the DSM-5: A Symptom-Based Approach

Take your DSM-5® diagnostic skills to the next level! This advanced recording is designed specifically for mental health professionals seeking to master clinical diagnosis and differential diagnosis using the DSM-5®, ICD-10 and online assessment tools. The focus of this workshop is on the key symptoms for each diagnosis, common differential diagnoses and frequent comorbid disorders of anxiety, depressive, trauma-related, substance-related, psychotic and neurodevelopmental disorders. Case examples and studies are provided throughout – giving you the opportunity to learn and apply a four-step symptoms-based diagnostic method. Topics include the clinical intake interview, differential diagnoses, online assessment tools to narrow diagnosis and potential comorbidities.


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Margaret L. Bloom, Ph.D.
6 Hours 18 Minutes
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Sep 28, 2018
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Margaret (Peggy) L. Bloom, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin is a licensed psychologist and NCC certified counselor. Dr. Bloom is nationally recognized for her knowledge and expertise in assessment, DSM diagnosis and counselor education. She is past chair and member of the board of directors of the Center for Credentialing & Education (NBCC), an elected fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and past-president of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). Beginning her career as a psychiatric nurse and earning graduate degrees in nursing, counseling, and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology, Peggy brings a unique interdisciplinary perspective to each seminar. She has published numerous journal articles and presented professional education seminars across the world on assessment, diagnosis and counselor education. In addition to her university positions, she maintained a private therapy practice for many years.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Margaret Bloom is a Professor of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology at Marquette University. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Margaret Bloom has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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  1. Apply a four-step diagnostic process to accurately identify and code a client’s diagnosis.
  2. Specify key symptoms and diagnostic criteria for frequently diagnosed mental disorders.
  3. Determine important differential diagnoses for anxiety, depressive, trauma-related, substance-related, and neurodevelopmental disorders.
  4. Analyze differential diagnoses for children who present with disruptive behavior.
  5. Differentiate between overlapping symptoms and comorbid conditions in order to provide the correct diagnosis.
  6. Utilize the DSM-5® severity tables, assessment tools, and coding notes to improve the accuracy of diagnosis and ICD-10 coding.


DSM-5® and ICD-10 Diagnosis Quick Review
  • Use of criteria sets, specifiers, and coding notes
  • Options if diagnosis unclear
  • Combining ICD-10 and the DSM-5® to code and name mental disorders
  • Online DSM resources and diagnosis updates
Four-Step Diagnostic Method
  • Goals of the intake interview
  • Steps to a DSM-5® diagnosis
    • Broad opening: client behavior sample
    • Identifying key DSM-5® symptom clusters
    • Differential diagnosis
    • Focused interviewing for specific disorders
  • Four-Steps case example
Assessment Tools for Diagnosis
  • DSM-5® cross-cutting symptom measures and screening tools
  • Assessments for alcohol, drug and tobacco use
Differential Diagnosis of Specific DSM-5® Mental Disorders

  • Major Depressive Disorder vs. Persistent Depressive Disorder
  • Major Depressive Disorder vs. Bipolar II Disorder
  • Depressive disorders vs. Anxiety Disorders
  • Depressive disorders vs. Adjustment Disorder
  • Medical conditions with depressive symptoms
  • Frequent comorbid disorders
  • Comparing the cases of Winona and Frank
Fear and Anxiety
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder vs. Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder vs. Medication Induced Anxiety
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder vs. Somatic Symptom Disorder
  • Medical conditions with anxiety symptoms
  • Frequent comorbid disorders
  • Case: “Carlos hates shopping”
Abnormal or Impaired Cognition
  • Case: “What is wrong with my son?”
  • Psychosis as a key symptom
    • Schizophrenia Spectrum disorders vs. Bipolar disorders
    • Schizoaffective Disorder vs. Schizophrenia
    • Comorbid substance use disorders
  • Cognitive Deficits as a key symptom
    • Neurodevelopmental disorders
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
    • Neurocognitive disorders”
Repetitive Thoughts and Behaviors
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder vs. Anxiety disorders
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder vs. Eating disorders
  • Hoarding
  • Excoriation disorders vs. Non-suicidal Self-injury
  • Frequent comorbid disorders
Experiences of Stress and Trauma
  • Trauma as a catalyst for mental disorders
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder differential diagnosis
  • Adjustment disorders differential diagnosis
  • Frequent comorbid disorders
  • Case: Lt. Brown
Substance Use or Addictive Behaviors
  • Substance Use disorders as a catalyst for other mental disorders
  • Gambling Disorder as an addiction
  • Substance use and comorbid disorders
  • Current drugs in America quiz
Children with Disruptive Behaviors
  • Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder vs. Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder
  • ODD or Conduct Disorder vs. Attention Deficit/Hyper activity Disorder
  • Frequent comorbid disorders

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      4.5

Total Reviews: 2177


Carol M - Raleigh, North Carolina

"excellent presentation"

Natalie A - SIKESTON, Missouri

"excellent i plan to re-watch the documentation a few times. it helped me as a supervisor as well."

Kerry H - Bemidji, Minnesota

"This was very helpful! It was frustrating when the audience kept asking questions because you can hear them while watching the video and they slowed down the course."

Cindy L - Harveyville, Kansas

"Excellent workshop!"

Suzanne L D - Marietta, Georgia

"Enjoyed the course very much. Learned a lot. Dr. Bloom is very knowledgeable and engaging as a presenter."

Michelle W - Eugene, Oregon

"Peggy is fantastic at keeping home viewers engaged. She is an excellent presenter!"

Jackie D - Buffalo, Minnesota

"Very engaging, excellent presentation of information using case examples. Overall phenomenal training and I would love to take more by this presenter. "

Erin L - Ogunquit, Maine

"This was an excellent program!"

Nicole L - HARRIS, Minnesota

"well done, very informative"

Margaret K - FAIRBANKS, Alaska

"Excellent course"

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