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Title: Classifying and Measuring Psychiatric Symptoms
Date: Friday, February 07, 2014    Add to Calendar
Time: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Address: Waterford at Fair Oaks
12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
Fairfax, VA 22033
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Contact Phone: (703) 289-7577

Classifying and Measuring Psychiatric Symptoms: The DSM-5 and Beyond

Please join us for the full-day workshop. Register early. Space is limited!


About presenter and workshop

Margaret Halter, PhD, APRNPresenter: Dr. Margaret Halter is the editor of Varcarolis’ Foundations of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, a leading textbook. She has extensive experience in psychiatric nursing education and currently teaches health policy for graduate nursing students at the Ohio State University. A Fellow of the American Nurses Association Political Advocacy Institute, Dr. Halter has also served on Ohio Nurses Association’s Health Policy Council. She is the co-chair for the American Psychiatric Nurses Association’s Institute for Mental Health Advocacy. Her research interests include mental illness stigma, political involvement of healthcare providers, and men’s mental health. Dr. Halter serves on the editorial panel and review board of Journal of Psychosocial Mental Health Nursing.

Dr. Halter received the American Journal of Nursing 2009 Book of the Year Award for Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. Other honors include the American Psychiatric Nurses Association’s Excellence in Media Award and the Excellence in Advanced Leadership Award.

Workshop Description

The May 2013 rollout of the newest edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) marks the first major revision in two decades. Changes to the organization, diagnoses, and diagnostic criteria have resulted in significant controversy and even dissension in the psychiatric community. We review the history of the DSM, explore current diagnoses, and examine new disorders such as disruptive mood dysregulation disorder. Measurement tools recommended in the manual will be shared & explored.

Workshop Objectives

The participant will:

  • Discuss the DSM-5 in terms of history, structure and changes
  • Identify controversial new and altered disorders and criteria
  • Identify recommended measures of psychiatric symptoms
  • Discuss the future of classifying psychiatric disorders

Agenda PDF

7:30 – 8 a.m.
Registration & Continental Breakfast
8 – 8:10 a.m.
  Welcome and Introductions
8:10 – 8:30 a.m.
  History/Timeline of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatry
  • History of the DSM
  • DSM-5 organizational structure
  • Overview of changes

8:30 – 10 a.m.
  Overview of the Changes and Controversies
10 – 10:15 a.m.
10:15 – 11:45 a.m.
  Distruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Substance Use Disorder
11:45 – 1 p.m.
  Lunch - restaurants within walking distance
1 – 2:30 p.m.
  DSM-5 Measures of Psychiatric Symptoms: Tools and Applications
  • Cross-Cutting Symptom Measures
  • Diagnosis-Specific Severity Measures
  • Disability Measures
  • Personality Inventories
  • Early Development and Home Background
  • Cultural Formulation Inventories
2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

The Future of Classifying Psychiatric Disorders
  • The National Institute of Mental Health Response
  • Collaborative Efforts
3:45 – 4 p.m.



$95 per workshop ($25 for Inova employees*)
*Please select the following discount code when registering: INOVAEMP and enter employee ID number. Please be prepared to show employee ID the day of the workshop.



The Waterford at Fair Oaks, 12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax, VA 22033
  * Free parking on-site.


Registration      7:30 – 8 a.m.
Workshop       8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
(Includes continental breakfast and healthy afternoon snack. Lunch is on your own – restaurants are within walking distance.)

Contact Hours

Applied for 6.0 Contact Hours from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW); National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC); Employee Assistance Professional Association (EACC); The Association for Addiction Professionals (NADAAC); Virginia Nurses Association (VNA)

  • 6.0 Contact Hours will be awarded to participants who complete the sign in form, attend all of the presentation and hand in a completed evaluation form. No partial contact hours will be awarded.
  • No conflicts of interest have been disclosed by the planners and presenters of this activity.
  • Planners and presenters have no relevant financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this workshop.
  • There is no commercial support or sponsorship for this activity
  • The ILN, VNA, and the ANCC do not endorse any product, service or company referred to in this activity.

Continuing Education Approval from NASW Virginia Chapter is pending. Inova Behavioral Health is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Inova Behavioral Health Services fosters personal and professional development and quality networking opportunities in behavioral health and addictions treatment. We are pleased to host some of the brightest and most influential minds in these fields as they provide education workshops surrounding a variety of cutting-edge topics.