Avoiding Medical Errors: DSM-5-TR Resources for Differential Diagnosis (2 Required Medical Errors CEUs)

  • Friday, February 17, 2023
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Online Zoom Webinar


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About the Presenter

Dr. Aaron Norton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with certifications in addictions, alcohol and drug counseling, rehabilitation counseling, clinical mental health counseling, trauma treatment, forensic mental health evaluation, forensic behavioral analysis, and forensic psychometry. He serves as Visiting Instructor at the University of South Dept. of Mental Health Law & Policy, Executive Director of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, Southern Regional Director and Ethics Committee Liaison for the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and Chair of the Government Relations Committee for the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association.  He has 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor and has been published in several academic journals and professional magazines in the counseling profession.  He was awarded Mental Health Counselor of the Year by the American Mental Health Counselors Association in 2016, Counselor Educator of the Year by the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2016, Researcher of the Year by the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2019, and he was awarded AMHCA’s Public and Community Service Award in 2020.


Decades of research suggest that misdiagnosis of mental disorders is a common medical error.  For example, individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder are often misdiagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, and many children and adolescents are misdiagnosed with ADHD. Although many people who meet the diagnostic criteria for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) are undiagnosed, as many as 60% of people who are diagnosed with MDD do not meet criteria for the disorder!  Bipolar II Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, specific phobias, PTSD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, OCD, eating disorders, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder are often missed by clinicians.  Why is that?  We’re often trained in graduate school to with cookie-cutter, seamless case examples, but in the real world, clients often don't present with "textbook" presentations of symptoms that neatly fall into a particular disorder. Many symptoms of mental disorders are "overlapping," meaning that the same symptom may be listed under several disorders.   With the limited time that clinicians often have, how do we quickly formulate an accurate diagnosis? Find out by attending this 2-hour medical errors update!  We'll use real case examples to show you how to use differential diagnosis resources for overlapping symptoms.

Learning Objectives

1. Define "overlapping" symptoms.
2. Describe how to use the "differential diagnosis" section of the DSM-5.

3. Use the DSM-5 Differential Diagnosis mobile application to formulate a diagnosis for case scenarios involving overlapping symptoms. 

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CE-Broker Provider #: 50-13528

Approval Period: 11/30/2011 - 03/31/2025 

This event is offered by SMHCA - Approved Continuing Education Provider.  This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW and Registered Interns.

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