This course will review the history of the DSM and how it has shaped current clinical approaches to diagnosis and treatment. Participants will be encouraged to think critically; to consider what pieces of the DSM positively serve and support client treatment and to question pieces that do not. Participants will discuss how clients experience and perceive behavioral health treatment; and what the potential impacts of these experiences and perceptions are. Participants will review Becker's labeling theory and how this applies to mental health treatment.

It can be challenging to approach mental health diagnosis and treatment in a manner that is strengths-based when the systems we operate in often feel like they are focused on everything but the positive. From beginning treatment plans with a "problem statement" to diagnosis often being a requirement for services; how do we navigate systems and institutions in a way that both allows us to function within them and also feels supportive and encouraging of our clients? Using tenants of Dr. Carl Roger's work in Humanistic Psychology, participants will learn strategies for using unconditional positive regard. Additionally, participants will identify the ways in which our systems, treatments, and diagnosis can, at times, be clinician-centered rather than client-centered.

Participants will also learn principles of neuroscience impacting change and how to support clients in achieving it in obtainable and meaningful ways. Participants will discuss how person-centered approaches support impactful change and how to incorporate these tenants in diagnosis and treatment.

  • Facilitator — Shelby Clark LCSW, LSCSW, RYT-200
  • Location — Cornerstones of Care — Roeland Park  • 4850 Rosewood Dr  • Roeland Park (inside the Roeland Park Community Center)
  • Time — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • CEUs — 6
  • Cost — $60
This training is now full. If you would like to be put on the wait list for an opening or to be notified of the next scheduled training, please email Shelby at