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March 24, 2014

CONTACT:   Dr. Leigh Green, 806-651-8209, legreen@wtamu.edu

WTAMU’s Annual Waugh Conference Slated for April 11

CANYON, Texas—Professor and author Dr. Greg Neimeyer will be the keynote speaker at West Texas A&M University’s 29th Annual Waugh Counseling Seminar from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Friday, April 11 in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Legacy Hall on campus. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

This year’s seminar, “Understanding the DSM-5 and the ICD: What Every Practitioner Needs to Know,” will offer a day full of information including the discontinuation of the multi-axial system, the addition and deletion of specific disorders, the regrouping of previously familiar disorders and the revision of the diagnostic system. Neimeyer will review and explain these changes by utilizing care-based interactions. Participants also will gain experience with the new inclusions through case studies addressing the new cross-cutting diagnostic dimensions, WHO (World Health Organization) disability assessments and the alternative dimensional system for diagnosing personality disorders. All of these topics have clinical utility for current and future practitioners in a vast array of mental health fields.

Neimeyer is a professor of psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Florida, where he currently teaches the doctoral course on Psychodiagnosis (DSM-5 and ICD) and has served both as director of clinical training and as graduate coordinator. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, he also is a recipient of its Award for Outstanding Contributions to Career and Personality Research. Neimeyer has published more than 200 articles and 10 books, with an emphasis on aspects of professional training and development. A former chair of the executive board of the Council of Counseling Psychologists in the United States, Neimeyer also has been elected as a Fellow to the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars.

Neimeyer currently splits his time between the University of Florida, where he has maintained a practice in the Family Practice Medical Residency Training Program, and Washington, D.C., where he directs the Office of Continuing Education in Psychology at the American Psychological Association.

The Waugh Counseling Seminar is named for Dr. Ken Waugh who gave many years of service to the counseling program at WTAMU. The seminar offers six hours of continuing education units that will meet requirements for the majority of licensure, certification and continuing education boards and agencies.

The preregistration cost of the seminar is $75 and is available through Tuesday, April 8. A $10 fee will be added to the cost for those registering from April 9-11. WTAMU students may attend at no charge. Registration is available at wtamu.edu/Waugh or by contacting WTAMU’s Education on Demand at 806-651-2037. For additional information about the Waugh Counseling Seminar, contact Dr. Leigh Green, assistant professor in the WTAMU Counselor Education Program at legreen@wtamu.edu.


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