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The classification and diagnostics criteria of mental disorders last major revision was in 1994. The newly published DSM-5 will be the standard for the clinical diagnostic process as of January 1, 2014 or sooner for some entities. The focus of this program will be to educate mental health professionals with the changes made in this manual from the previous editions to be able to use proper diagnostic terminology for their patients or clients.

This program is intended to provide an introduction to the new manual and associated resources rather than an in-depth course on the new diagnostic system including:

  • Brief history of development of the manual, definition of a mental disorder as well as organization of the manual.
  • Major changes from DSM IV.
  • New mental disorders and dropped or combined disorders.
  • An overview of most of disorders according to chapter organization.
  • New approaches to diagnosis and assessment including cross cutting measures and the dimensional.
  • Approaches which allow clinicians to identify significant symptoms which are not part of the diagnostic criteria for the main disorder.
  • And to measure the magnitude of certain symptoms. The dimensional approach to personality disorders will be discussed as part of DSM.
  • 5′s emerging measures and models.
  • A general overview of online assessment tools available at: http://www.psychiatry.org/dsm5

Upon completion of this program participants should:

  • Understand the key changes made to the diagnostic criteria in DSM-5 compared to DSM IV.
  • Talk about the philosophy and organization of the DSM-5 as well as the new definition of a mental disorder.
  • Identify new measures and tools available in DSM-5.
  • Describe an emerging framework for understanding personality disorders that may influence future directions in diagnosis of these disorders.
  • You may expect the presenters to use a slide set from the APA’s Train the Trainers Course presented at the APA Annual Meeting in May 2013 as the main focus with opportunity for questions and discussion.

Suggested reading material:

The Pocket Guide to the DSM 5 Diagnostic Exam, Abraham M. Nussbaum, MD

You may want to bring along a copy of:

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition: DSM-5, American Psychiatric Association


Robert Batterson, MD earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City in 1987. Since 1997 he has been a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City and in 2006 was named an Associate Professor of Pediatrics for UMKC School of Medicine. His current title with UMKC is Lead Psychiatrist. He has served in the U.S. Military, received many awards and has been the Principal Investigator of two studies on autism.

If you’re thinking of attending DSM training in West Plains, Missouri, read the comments made by professionals who attended the October 29 session held in St. Louis, Missouri.

  • The speaker was engaging and very knowledgeable.
  • Excellent content.
  • Speaker was engaging and well versed in the topic. He connected well with the audience and made the topic easy to understand Conference was good for highlighting changes. Reading DSM 5 will make sense.
  • The speaker was very knowledgeable and presented the topic well.
  • The speaker was very good; kept the crowd engaged and interested.
  • This session was very informative and helpful. So often, conferences in general are not well done and are disappointing. However, Dr. Batterson was well spoken and engaging. It was one of the better informational conferences I have been to in a long time.
  • I enjoyed the case studies at the end.
  • The presenter was very knowledgeable and kept the training flowing. The Case studies at the end were helpful.


This link will allow you to view or download the program’s schedule

DSM5 slides in PDF format

February 21, 2014
Ozarks Medical Center
1211 Porter Wagoner Blvd., #23
Parkway Center
West Plains, Missouri
Program runs from 8am to noon

Map to facility

Past dates included:

Friday, September 20, 2013
Four Points by Sheraton Kansas City Sports Complex
4011 Blue Ridge Cutoff
Kansas City, Missouri 64133
Program runs from 8am to noon

Monday, September 30, 2013
Stoney Creek Inn & Conference Center
2601 South Providence Road
Columbia, Missouri 65203
Program runs from 8am to noon

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Missouri Institute of Mental Health
Dome Conference Center
5400 Arsenal
St. Louis, Missouri 63139
Program runs from 8am to noon


Dr. Batterson has made his slide set available for download.


The University of Missouri, Missouri Institute of Mental Health will be responsible for this program and maintain a record of your continuing education credits earned.

The Missouri Institute of Mental Health will award 3.6 clock hours or 4.3 contact hours (.4 CEUs) for this activity.

The Missouri Substance Abuse Professional Credentialing Board has approved this program for 3.5 contact hours.


Special Needs
If you have special needs, we ask that you notify us at 314.516.8419 or [email protected] as soon as possible. We will make reasonable efforts to accommodate your needs.

Refund Policy
If you are unable to attend, we ask that you notify us as soon as possible. Cancellations received in writing five business days prior to the date of the program will be refunded, less a $25.00 processing fee. You may send a substitute, but we ask that you notify us in writing of this change. If you do not attend or send a substitute, you or your employer will be billed the full registration fee.

The fee for attending this conference is $99. Following this registration link will take you to our external payment site where you can purchase a seat at our training via credit card or purchase order.