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2-Day Training (9a-1pm each day):
Thursday, May 2nd 
Friday, May 3rd 

Differential Diagnosis Using the DSM-5-TR:

Improving Clinical Outcomes through 

Clear Assessment & Diagnosis



Date: Thursday, May 2, 2024 AND Friday, May 3, 2024

Time: 9am-1pm (EACH DAY)

Location: Live Webinar

Credits: 7 CEUs (NYSED LMSWs, LCSWs, LMHCs, LMFTs, Psychologists)

Instructor: Richard W. Sears, PsyD, ABPP

Cost: $129 Individual Rate, $99 Early Bird (by 4/20/24),

$89 pp - 5+ group rate (same organization)

[*Larger groups (same organization) – call for Special Rates*]






Workshop Description:

Proper diagnosis is essential to effective treatment. This workshop will present a broad overview of most of the major diagnostic categories as described in the DSM-5-TR, with an emphasis on differential diagnosis, or how to distinguish between seemingly similar symptom clusters. This workshop will examine the strengths and limitations of the DSM-5-TR and diagnosis in general, and will discuss personal and cultural biases and how to prevent them. Specific updates to the latest TR revision will be highlighted. Through lecture and case examples, participants will learn and practice using clear steps toward improving diagnostic accuracy.


1.Describe the background and development of the DSM.

2.Understand the relevance of bias and diversity factors in diagnosis.

3.List the four steps of differential diagnosis.

4.Specify key symptoms and diagnostic criteria for frequently diagnosed mental disorders.

5.Differentiate between overlapping symptoms and comorbid conditions to find the correct diagnosis.

6.Articulate why personality disorders are fundamentally different from other DSM disorders.

Speaker: Richard W. Sears, PsyD, PhD, MBA, ABPP 

Richard W. Sears, PsyD, PhD, MBA, ABPP, is a board-certified clinical psychologist in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. He is a professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Department of Psychology, where he teaches courses on psychopathology and clinical interventions. Dr. Sears has performed assessments and psychotherapy on a broad variety of individuals in a number of settings, including hospital inpatient units, community mental health centers, veteran’s hospitals, residential treatment centers, private practice, and forensic facilities. He regularly gives workshops on CBT, MBCT, ACT, and mindfulness across the United States and other countries. He is an author of over a dozen books, including The CBT & Mindfulness Toolbox and Mindfulness: Living through Challenges and Enriching Your Life in this Moment. His website is

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