Substance Use Disorders in the DSM-5: New Terminology, Better Results

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Date Aug 5, 2014
Time 11:00 AM EDT
Cost $39.00
Are you and the DSM-5 speaking the same language on Substance Use Disorders? Dr. Clare Steffen explains the updated terminology and diagnostic criteria.

Full Description:
For over 10 years, we have been focused on determining the best language to use when talking about addiction. With the release of the DSM- 5, we can now move away from simple categories and formally recognize that substance use and accompanying problems exist across a full spectrum.

This webinar explores the rationale for changes found within the DSM-5. Participants consider how to embrace these changes, while also including traditional concepts of dependence and abuse and familiar behavioral guideposts of tolerance and withdrawal symptoms. Dr. Clare Steffen highlights the benefits of the new terminology for developing more accurate diagnoses, creating new treatment and prevention paradigms, and reducing socio-cultural bias. 

Course Includes:
Live Q&A
Presentation Handout
Post session recording access
CE Credit

What You Will Learn:
Explain the rationale behind new terminology for substance use disorders in the DSM-5
Evaluate the two-category approach (abuse and dependence), as well as the single diagnosis of substance use problems
Differentiate substance misuse from substance use
Apply a more specific description of intoxication
Describe tolerance and withdrawal as physiological processes in response to substance use

Your Presenter:
CLARE STEFFEN, EdD, ND, NCC, CADC II, is a Licensed Psychologist, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II in Oregon and California, and National Board Certified Counselor. She is a professor in the Psychology Division at Western Oregon University, advises students at Lane Community College, and teaches in the Substance Abuse Prevention Program at the University of Oregon. Dr. Steffen is a psychologist, educator, published author, and public speaker. She offers individual, couples, and family therapy through the entire life cycle.  She has hosted her own radio talk show and has published books, articles, and CD’s on health and wellness topics.

This event qualifies for one CE credit. Only registered attendees will have access to CE. A Cross Country Education web account is required to attend. There is no charge for a CCE web account. It is recommended that you join the meeting 15 to 20 minutes early. Speaker phone sound quality is poor and it is recommended that they not be used to listen to the event.

Technical requirements:
To view this webinar you will need to download the WebEx Application. You will be prompted to download it when you first enter the site. To save time, you can setup prior to the meeting by following this link:

Who Should Attend:
Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, Case Managers, Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Educators


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