Mental Health Conference 2014

2014 Conference

The following is information on our last program that was held this past spring, 2014:

The DSM 5: What You Need to Know From the Experts
Friday, April 4, 2014 · 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Featured Speakers:
Thomas M. Achenbach, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Vermont
Michael B. First M.D., Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University
Manoj Pardasani, Ph.D.,L.C.S.W., A.C.S.W., Faculty Research Scholar at the Ravazzin Center for Social Work Research in Aging and Associate Professor at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service

We had over 400 people attend this conference! Great speakers, great reviews! Thanks to all who attended!
We are planning another conference for the future. Please check back in the fall for further informations!

Molloy College, Department of Psychology and Counseling, is pleased to present the conference, "The DSM 5:What You Need to Know from the Experts." The conference will be held on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Madison Theatre in the Public Square (please note the location change from the Wilbur Arts Center) at Molloy's Rockville Centre campus. Featured speakers will include: our keynote speaker,Thomas M. Achenbach, PH.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Vermont,Manoj Pardasani, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., A.C.S.W., Faculty Research Scholar at the Ravazzin Center for Social Work Research in Aging and Associate Professor at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service and Michael B. First M.D., Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University.

Conference Purpose and Description
This conference will cover what you need to know about the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) which was published by the American Psychiatric Association, on May 18, 2013,

Why the Molloy College DSM 5 Conference is unique:
-It offers attendees a rare opportunity to see a multidisciplinary- psychiatry, psychology, and social work- array of leading experts in the mental health field discuss the challenges of using the new edition of the DSM.
- The three nationally and internationally recognized speakers represent research, clinical, and academic domains. This conference will make the transition to using the new DSM 5 easier for you, in whatever mental health profession you practice.
- The speakers bring their expertise to a user-friendly format for both students and professionals in various fields.
- ICD-10 and DSM-5 will be compared and contrasted.

The DSM 5 was just published in 2013, and all mental health professionals will be required to be proficient in its proper use in the coming year. Although there are pros and cons to its use and to diagnosis in general, it is the gold standard diagnostic tool that is used by mental health professionals in the United States.

The new DSM has many changes that affect even the most common diagnoses, and these changes have brought on much concern, controversy, and confusion in the mental health field. It is a challenge for all of us to learn how to use it professionally and teach it correctly to our students.

This conference will help you understand what the experts have to say, now thatDSM-5 has become a reality. What do the academics, clinicians, researchers, and even those scientists who were on the task force for the new edition have to offer? How does the new edition of the DSM affect the different professions of psychiatry, nursing, psychology, social work, mental health counseling, education, and speech and music therapy?

Who should attend?
The intended audience includes anyone involved in the care and/or evaluation of individuals with mental illness, including: mental health counselors, addiction and substance abuse counselors, social workers, nurses, teachers, psychiatrists,psychologists, music therapists, speech-language pathologists, physicians, marriage and family therapists and students.

Conference Agenda
8-8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-8:45 a.m.Welcoming Remarks
8:45-10:15 a.m. Michael B. First, M.D., "A Critical Overview of DSM-5"
10:15-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.Manoj Pardasani, Ph.D.,L.C.S.W., A.C.S.W.,
"The New DSM V:Implementation Challenges, Ethical Concerns and the Integration
of a Macro Focus in Assessments"
11:30-11:40 a.m. Break
11:40 a.m.-12:40 p.m.Keynote Session:Thomas M. Achenbach, Ph.D.,"The DSM-5 and Evidence-Based
Multicultural Assessment of Children and Their Parents"
12:40-1 p.m. Closing Remarks

Session Descriptions

8:45-10:15 a.m.
A Critical Overview of DSM-5; Michael B. First, M.D. This presentation provides the attendee with an Overview of the DSM-5 changes, starting with the new organization structure of the DSM-5, and the rationale and implications for the incorporation of a more dimensional approach to DSM-5. It concludes with a presentation of highlights of the changes being made to the disorder definitions, including their rationale, advantages, and disadvantages. Speaker: Michael B. First M.D., is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University, and is a Research Psychiatrist at the Biometrics Department at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and maintains a schema therapy and psychopharmacology practice in Manhattan, Dr. First is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on psychiatric diagnosis and assessment issues and conducts expert forensic psychiatric evaluations in both civil and criminal matters, including the 2006 trial of the 9/11 terrorist Zacarias Moussaui. Dr. First is the Editorial and Coding Consultant for the DSM-5, the chief technical and editorial consultant on the World Health Organization' s ICD-11 revision project, and is an external consultant to the NIMH Research Domain Criteria project.

Dr. First got his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University, received a Masters in Computer Science and a Medical Degree from the University of Pittsburgh, did his psychiatry residency at Columbia University, and did a fellowship in Biometrics Research under the direction of his mentor, Dr. Robert Spitzer.

He was the Editor of the DSM-IV-TR, the Editor of Text and Criteria for DSM-IV and the APA's Handbook on Psychiatric Measures. He has co-authored and co-edited a number of books, including A Research Agenda for DSM-V, the DSM-IV-TR Guidebook, he recently published DSM-5 Handbook for Differential Diagnosis, and the forthcoming Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5 (SCID-5).

Michael First MD-American Psychiatric Association
Financial-Consulting fee and Royalty payment from American Psychiatric Association
Nonfinancial - None

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
The New DSM-V: Implementation Challenges, Ethical Concerns and the Integration of a Macro Focus in Assessments; Manoj Pardasani, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., A.C.S.W. This presentation will focus on how the new version of the DSM changes assessment protocols in social work agencies and in private practice. The benefits and challenges for social workers will be highlighted. A comprehensive, multi-dimensional approach to assessment that integrates cultural competence, ethical and social justice issues and the need for advocacy will be illustrated.
Speaker: Manoj Pardasani, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., A.C.S.W., is a Faculty Research Scholar at the Ravazzin Center for Social Work Research in Aging and Associate Professor at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. He has a Master's of Social Work degree and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) fromthe Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University.

A crucial component of his research centers on community-based, social work agencies that promote the health and well-being of older adults. He has conducted a number of studies on senior center programming, characteristics of senior center administrators and participants, impact of participation and policy advocacy by senior centers, which have been published in several peer-reviewed, academic journals. He is the recipient of the 2004 and 2011 Outstanding Researcher Award from the National Council on Aging (NCOA). Another area of his interest is the intersect between mental health, addictions and the chronically homeless population. As a clinical social worker, he has worked with individuals and groups utilizing evidence-based treatment approaches to enhance comprehensive well-being.

He teaches in two primary areas at Fordham - clinical social work and human services management. He has developed the curriculum and evaluated student learning in the areas of psychosocial pathology and advanced clinical assessment & diagnosis. He has provided training to clinicians, social workers and other professionals on the implementation and integration of the DSM-V.

Manoj Pardasani, PhD Faculty Research Scholar at the Ravazzin Center for Social Work
Financial - Speaking fee from Molloy College
Nonfinancial - None

11:40 a.m.-12:40 p.m.: Keynote Session
The DSM-5 and Evidence-Based Multicultural Assessment of Children and their Parents;Thomas M. Achenbach, Ph.D.
Dr. Achenbach will present aspects of the DSM-5 that pertain to evidence-based assessment of problems reported for children and their parents. The presentation will highlight practical methods for assessing problems on the basis of reports by multiple informants and evaluated in relation to multicultural norms that take account of differences related to age, gender, and sources of information.
Keynote Speaker: Thomas M. Achenbach, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Vermont. Dr. Achenbach is founder and President of the nonprofit Research Center for Children, Youth, and Families. In collaboration with colleagues and students from around the world, Dr. Achenbach has developed the Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA), which provides evidence-based evaluation of personal strengths and psychopathology across the life span. The ASEBA assesses psychopathology from multiple perspectives in terms of DSM-5-oriented scales as well as empirically derived syndromes normed on hundreds of thousands of people in over 50 societies. ASEBA instruments are used throughout the world in mental health and medical settings, social services, schools, public health agencies, training programs, and research. Translations are available in more than 90 languages. Over 8,000 publications by some 15,000 authors report use of the ASEBA in 80 cultures.

Thomas Achenbach, PhD, Nonprofit Research Center for Children, Youth and Families
Financial - Salary and Royalty payments from Nonprofit Research Center for Children, Youth and Families
Nonfinancial - None

Continuing Education Credit:

Social Work Continuing Education Credit
Molloy College is an approved provider of Social Work continuing education credit by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). The conference is approvedfor 4 CEUs.

Nursing Continuing Education Credit
Molloy College, Continuing Education Department, is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. 4 contact Hours for the conference will be awarded if you attend each session of the conference.

Music Therapy Continuing Education
4 CMTE credits awarded for MT-BCs.

Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASAC)
he New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS-OASAS) has approved the DSM5 conference for 4 clock hours in the following areas:
Initial Credentialing: CPP and CPS
Renewal: CASAC, CPP and CPS

Speech-Language Pathologist Continuing Education Credit
.4 ASHA CEUs. (Intermediate level; Professional Area) for Speech-Language Pathologists is approved.Instructor disclosure information is listed above in the speaker bios.

Tuition Rates
Regular Registration, March 1-March 28: $60
Late Registration: March 29-April 4: $70
Molloy Students: $10 (provide copy of student ID at check-in, no at the door registration, register by April 3)
Non-Molloy Students: $25 (provide copy of student ID at check-in,no at the door registration,register byApril 3)
Molloy Faculty and Staff: No Charge. No at the door registration, register by April 3.
Molloy Alumni: 10% discount


Online registration is available by clicking here. Phone-in registration is available by calling 516.323.3550 with your MasterCard or Visa. To register in person, by fax or mail, please click here to download a registration form and follow the directions. Course number: Payment can be made by check or money order (made payable to Molloy College, by MasterCard or Visa, or by purchase order.

Registration is limited. In-person registration the day of the conference is on a space available basis and cannot be guaranteed.

Refund Policy: A full refund will be granted as long as you contact us by March 28. Refunds will not be granted after March 28: however, substitutions can be made until the day of the conference at no charge.

The conference will be given in the Madison Theatre in the Public Square (please note the location change from the Hays Theater) at Molloy's Rockville Centre campus located at 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY, 11571. The campus is located about 40 minutes east of New York City by train on Long Island. Travel directions will be sent with your confirmation, but can also be found on our website at:

If you should need hotel arrangements, please call 516.323.3554.

Conference Brochure
To download a conference brochure, please click here. To be place on our mailing list or to be mailed a brochure, please contact Cindy Thomas, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services by email at: or by phone at:516.323.3554.

Questions regarding conference content or speakers?
Contact Laura B. Kestemberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Psychology, Associate Dean and Director, Proposed Master's of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, Molloy College - Conference Chair
Phone: (516) 323-3842

Questions regarding registration?
Contact Cindy Thomas, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services