Differential diagnosis for clients presenting with trauma histories can be a complex and difficult task requiring a full evaluation of the clinical picture and an understanding of frequently co-occurring disorders for clients who have experienced trauma. Attendees will learn about mental health disorders prevalent in clients with trauma, skills for accurate yet compassionate assessment, common pitfalls in diagnosis, and essential variables to consider when diagnosing this population. Through use of lecture, case studies, and discussion, attendees will learn to diagnose more precisely and ethically, which will enhance the client’s treatment and lead to better psychotherapeutic outcomes.


After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the effects of traumatic experiences on clients and the prevalence of those effects in individuals seeking mental health care.
  • Intervene effectively with clients who have difficulty during engagement and assessment due to inability to regulate emotionally or physiologically as a result of their traumatic experiences.
  • Understand the complexities of trauma assessment and learn strategies which are attuned to the complex needs of traumatized clients.
  • Review and understand common diagnoses, symptom presentations, diagnostic terms, and obtain foundational knowledge needed to understand diagnostic categories used in trauma assessment
  • Increase knowledge and skill in differential diagnosis utilizing the DSM system

Key Benefits

Participants who complete this workshop are eligible for up to 3 CEs approved by the Minnesota Board of Social Work and 3 Clinical Clock Hours in "Differential Diagnoses and biopsychosocial assessment, including normative development and psychopathology."

This course is for folks who want to do a deep dive into differential diagnosis, across the experience spectrum.
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