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Take the Guesswork Out of Healthcare: Importance of Diagnostic Evaluations in Complex Mental Health and Medical Cases

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Comprehensive diagnostic evaluations gather 360 degrees of vital information about an individual’s strengths and challenges, resulting in what can be called a living MRI. Co-Occurring disorders such as addiction, mental health, chronic pain and other complex bio-psycho-social problems are at epidemic numbers. Hasty or uninformed clinical decisions for treatment and therapy, often result in misdiagnosed and untreated symptoms. CDE’s provide multidisciplinary diagnostic testing pinpointing co-occurring difficulties. The clinician will learn what team is required for a full picture of the client’s health medically, psychiatrically and psychologically. Substance Use, Trauma and spiritual evaluations are several other evaluations discussed, giving attendees opportunity to learn clinical techniques in one’s practice. Clinicians will understand how the use of standardized testing techniques such as the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory and the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, as well as other diagnostic tools in clinical practice assist in practice skills.

Learning Objectives

1. Attendees will gain and understanding and appreciate the inter-relationship between physical and psychological symptoms, and the need to be aware of psychological factors in all medical conditions and understand that patients’corresponding emotional responses to medical conditions may influence the presentation and management of mental illness.
2. Attendees will discuss five clinical components of a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation in order to assist the clinician in discovering root causes of presenting concern or behavior.
3. Attendees will apply clinical knowledge gained in this session on comprehensive diagnostic evaluations in order to improve clinical outcomes in practice.
4. Attendees will be able to evaluate overall total life functioning of complex individuals and to communicate their evaluation findings to stakeholders.

James Flowers
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