PCTI Course

Assessment of Adults: Diagnostic Accuracy and Engagement (#3054-C)

This training is only available to Pacific Clinics Staff.

This interactive course helps clinicians build their diagnostic and clinical interviewing skills in order to determine accurate diagnoses while developing therapeutic rapport; resulting in robust individualized assessments that set a strong foundation for case conceptualization and treatment planning.  In this training DSM-5 criteria for common diagnoses will be covered, as well as the clinical reasoning processes to differentiate between them.  Frequent questions related to the interplay between ICD-10 codes and DSM-5 criteria will be addressed and discussed.  Therapeutic attitudes will be explored; and clinical interviewing skills will be reviewed and practiced with a focus on cultural considerations, client’s age, engagement with collaterals, and management of challenging situations. 

Upon completion of this training, participants will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the full DSM-5 criteria for common diagnoses.
  • Identify interview questions that will narrow down and differentiate between options, to arrive at the most accurate diagnosis.
  • Employ a range of interviewing skills to guide the assessment conversation and respectfully gather information needed for a comprehensive, individualized assessment.
  • Demonstrate enhanced ability to engage and build rapport with challenging clients and families.
  • Conduct focused diagnostic searches in Welligent to locate the most specific Included ICD-10-CM code that corresponds to the appropriate DSM-5 criteria.

Instructor: Marietta Watson, LMFT


Course #: 3054-C

Date: 7/17/2019  

Time: 9:00am-4:00pm

Location: Pacific Clinics Training Institute

2471 E. Walnut Street

Pasadena, CA 91107