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DSM-5: The Journey

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Part of the ABPP 4th Annual Summer Workshop Series.

The annual ABPP Workshop Series provides top quality professional development opportunities to psychologists, as well as opportunities for networking and collegial interaction. All workshops are instructed by psychologists who are ABPP board certified specialists in their area of presentation, with the occasional exception being a highly respected individual of another profession, such as law. 

Recordings were selected from highlighted, day long programs at the 2013 Series.

Understanding DSM-5 requires thorough knowledge of the historical foundations of diagnostic criteria. The first section of the presentation will provide a broad historical background of medical and psychiatric diagnosis and a brief review of the field of nosology. The history of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manuals starting with DSM-I in 1952 will be presented, with an overview of changes from one version to the next of the editions of the manual. The second section of the presentation will cover the history of the development of DSM-5 including a summary of the procedures for revision of the diagnostic criteria, the organization of the manual, general changes to the diagnostic criteria, and changes to specific diagnostic sections. The final section will cover the DSM-5 field trials, their purpose, how they were conducted, and the main scientific results. This presentation will also address a number of controversies surrounding the DSM-5 and will provide expert perspectives on scientific issues at the core of the diagnostic criteria and their use.

Presenter: Alina M. Surís, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Surís completed her B.A. in psychology at the University of Texas at Austin in 1983. She received her MS degree in 1987 and her PhD in 1991, both in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston. She joined the Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center in Dallas in 1991 as a clinical psychologist, were she specialized in treating PTSD, most recently as the Clinical Director of the Mental Health Trauma Services Program and the Director of the Women’s Stress Disorder and Military Sexual Trauma Program. She is now the Chief of Psychology at the VA North Texas Health Care System where she is in charge of over 70 psychologists. She is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Surís is board certified as a clinical psychologist and is a member of the Clinical Board of the American Board of Professional Psychology. She was also elected to represent the Clinical Board to the ABPP Board of Trustees (BOT) and was recently elected to serve on the Executive Board of the BOT as the secretary.


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