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Mental Health Diagnosis for the Insurance-Based World:
Using the Medical Model While Holding on to Therapeutic Ideals (Recorded)

Regardless of the modality, much of mental health treatment is driven by the medical model. This requires diagnoses in order to access services, especially those that are reimbursed by health insurance. A diagnosis, while necessary for insurance reimbursement, can carry a great deal of stigma. At the same time it can clarify why someone is distressed. Being told of a mental health diagnosis can result in relief, fear, distress, anger, grief, or any combination of emotions. Consequently, those who diagnose have an immense amount of power. 

The primary goal of this workshop is to help clinicians ensure diagnostic accuracy. Dr. Hasson will discuss factors that can influence the accuracy of diagnosing, including the quality of the interview, base rates, implicit biases, confirmation bias, environmental factors, and availability heuristics. She will also review different methods of interviewing, including the benefits and drawbacks of different diagnostic interviewing strategies and screening measures.

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Mental Health Diagnosis for the Insurance-Based World:
Using the Medical Model While Holding on to Therapeutic Ideals (Recorded)

Previously Recorded
$59.99 Jessica Hasson, PhD

Regardless of the modality, much of mental health treatment is driven by the medical model. This requires diagnoses in order to access services, especially those that are reimbursed by health insurance. A diagnosis, while necessary for insurance reimbursement, can carry a great deal of stigma. At the same time it can clarify why someone is distressed. Being told of a mental health diagnosis can result in relief, fear, distress, anger, grief, or any combination of emotions. Consequently, those who diagnose have an immense amount of power. 

The primary goal of this workshop is to help clinicians ensure diagnostic accuracy. Dr. Hasson will discuss factors that can influence the accuracy of diagnosing, including the quality of the interview, base rates, implicit biases, confirmation bias, environmental factors, and availability heuristics. She will also review different methods of interviewing, including the benefits and drawbacks of different diagnostic interviewing strategies and screening measures.

About the Presenter

Jessica Hasson, PhD, is licensed as a psychologist in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC. She specializes in psychological assessment, including psychological evaluations, psychoeducational evaluations, and forensic evaluations. She has presented over 50 times at state, national, and international psychology conferences and has published book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles on assessment.

This workshop Offers 3 Continuing Education Credits
This webinar is recorded and will not grant live credits.

Mental Health Diagnosis for the Insurance-Based World:
Using the Medical Model While Holding on to Therapeutic Ideals (Recorded)

Previously Recorded

Presenter: Jessica Hasson, PhD

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Course Length: 3 Hours

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify and define two social psychological phenomena that can impact accurate diagnosis.
  2. Participants will be able to discuss how implicit biases impact diagnostic accuracy.
  3. Participants will be able to identify one strength and one weakness of using screening measures to aid in diagnosis.
  4. Participants will be able to discuss two reasons why providers may disagree as to diagnosis.

This workshop Offers 3 Continuing Education Credits
This webinar is recorded and will not grant live credits.

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Regardless of the modality, much of mental health treatment is driven by the medical model. This requires diagnoses in order to access services, especially those that are reimbursed by health insurance. A diagnosis, while necessary for insurance reimbursement, can carry a great deal of stigma. At the same time it can clarify why someone is distressed. Being told of a mental health diagnosis can result in relief, fear, distress, anger, grief, or any combination of emotions. Consequently, those who diagnose have an immense amount of power. 

The primary goal of this workshop is to help clinicians ensure diagnostic accuracy. Dr. Hasson will discuss factors that can influence the accuracy of diagnosing, including the quality of the interview, base rates, implicit biases, confirmation bias, environmental factors, and availability heuristics. She will also review different methods of interviewing, including the benefits and drawbacks of different diagnostic interviewing strategies and screening measures.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify and define two social psychological phenomena that can impact accurate diagnosis.
  2. Participants will be able to discuss how implicit biases impact diagnostic accuracy.
  3. Participants will be able to identify one strength and one weakness of using screening measures to aid in diagnosis.
  4. Participants will be able to discuss two reasons why providers may disagree as to diagnosis.

Agenda:

Why we Diagnose (20 minutes)

  • Dangers of Over & Underdiagnosing

Factors that Influence Diagnosis (60 minutes)

Strategies for Diagnosis (45 minutes)

  • Strategies by Age
  • Interviews: Structured/Semi-Structured/Unstructured
  • Considerations for Use of Screeners

Considerations when Diagnosing (40 minutes)

  • Stigma/Stereotypes
  • What if my diagnoses differ from another provider?

Closing Thoughts & Questions (15 minutes)



This presentation is open to:
  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
  • Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
Course Level: intermediate
Level of Clinician: intermediate
  • New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
  • Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
  • Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
  • Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives

Participants will receive their certificate electronically upon completion of the webinar and course evaluation form.


  • CE You! is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CE You! maintains responsibility for this program. These credits are also accepted by the Maryland Boards for Professional Counselors, Psychology, and Certification of Residential Child Care Program Professionals, and many other states and disciplines

Refund Policy: Full Refund until 48 hours before scheduled date.
48 hours before: full refund less $5.00 processing fee. After event no refund will be given.
*exclusions apply for reasonable need and cause.