Fall Symposium

DSM-5: What You Need to Know

Learn from Indiana's Only American Psychiatric Association-Trained Speakers

Accredited for 5.5 APA PRA Category 1 Credits - 5.5 CE Credit

September 21, 2013 - JW Marriott, Indianapolis


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 The American Psychiatric Association in joint sponsorship with the Indiana Psychiatric Society invites you to participate in this 2013 event held in conjunction with the 164th Indiana State Medical Association’s Annual Convention.


The goal of the APA was to develop a scientifically-based manual of psychiatric diagnosis useful for clinicians in evaluating psychiatric patients. This is now known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). APA’s interest in developing DSM dates back to the organization’s inception in 1844, when one of its original missions was to gather statistics on the prevalence of mental illness. In the two decades since the publication of DSM-IV, psychiatry has witnessed a wealth of new studies on epidemiology, neurobiology, psychopathology, and treatment of various mental illnesses. These scientific developments necessitated that APA make modifications in the diagnostic categories and criteria.

The APA’s extensive development process of the fifth edition of the DSM was unveiled with the release of the DSM-5 in May 2013. The release of the manual requires that psychiatrists become familiar with DSM-5, with an understanding of the changes from DSM-IV, and the scientific reasons for those changes. 

This event, accredited for 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits, will highlight the many changes and the rationale behind them explained, including the reorganization of the chapters (the "metastructure"), the creation of new diagnoses and categories, the consolidation of some diagnoses, and the deletion of others. The demise of the multiaxial diagnosis will be reviewed. The changes include an emphasis on dimensional ratings, gender, and cultural issues. Controversies accompanying the DSM-5 will be explored. Following the event, attendees will be ready to begin using DSM-5 in clinical practice, research settings, and for administrative purposes.

This symposium will be conducted using slides and handouts developed by the editors of DSM-5 and made available only to APA-trained psychiatrists who have agreed to serve as the speakers in their respective states.

It is suggested that attendees have a copy of the DSM-5 with them during the symposium.  To purchase your copy, click here or here.



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As a result of participating in this program, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the history, development and use of the DSM-5
  • Identify and apply the changes in DSM-5 from DSM-IV-TR and explain their rationale.
  • Use the new criteria in clinical settings, in research, and for administrative purposes.
  • Understand the changes in DSM-5 from DSM IV-TR as they relate to risk management issues.


Accreditation Statement  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the Indiana Psychiatric Society (IPS).  The APA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Designation Statement  The APA designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.   Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Disclosure Statement  It is the policy of the APA to comply with the ACCME Standards for commercial support of CME.  Planning committee members and related staff disclosures must be on file annually with disclosures made available on program materials.  Faculty participating in sponsored or jointly sponsored programs by APA are required to disclose to the program audience any real or apparent financial relationships with commercial interests related to the content of their presentation. Faculty are also responsible for disclosing any discussion of off-label or investigational use of a product. 

DSM-5 cover is reprinted with permission from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, (Copyright 2013). American Psychiatric Association.