2.25 CE Credits Available
Diagnosing PTSD, Adjustment, Generalized Anxiety and Panic Disorders
by Jason Buckles
In volume 2 of our DSM-5 and Psychodiagnostic Interviewing series, learn how to obtain essential diagnostic information on some of the most common disorders therapists encounter— Adjustment, Panic, Generalized Anxiety, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorders—while establishing and maintaining therapeutic rapport.
Even if few professionals love it, accurate diagnosis is a vital skill. Volume 2 of this series provides the opportunity to watch diagnostic interviews with clients struggling with adjustment, panic, generalized anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorders—four of the more common diagnoses encountered in clinical practice. You’ll see two clinicians with contrasting styles conducting professional diagnostic interviews while navigating the intricacies of developing a therapeutic alliance.

Insightful commentaries by Jason Buckles and Victor Yalom are woven through the video, which includes vignettes with clients and voiceover explanations of interventions as they are happening. Mental health professionals with a wide variety of training backgrounds, and in settings ranging from emergency rooms to independent practice, will benefit from the comprehensive presentation of symptoms and clinical skills provided in this video. Without sacrificing empathy, warmth, or humor, the Buckles and his colleague Pauline Lucero guide the interviews to confidently arrive at an accurate diagnosis.

What therapists are saying…

“An exceptional, thorough, and informative video series on diagnosis and the diagnostic interview….helpful for students in internships as well as therapists who are obtaining their hours toward licensure.”

—LaToya Yaites, PhD, Therapist and Adjunct Instructor, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 
“A magnificent educational video!”

—Aaron S. Hymes, PhD, Dept of Counseling and Human Development, Lindsey Wilson College
In Depth
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This video, Volume 2 in the DSM-5 Diagnostic Interviewing Series, covers four disorders common to clinical populations, with an array of symptoms that, at least in mild forms, everyone has experienced, simply in the course of being human. In Volume 1, Yalom and Buckles address the issues of subjectivity inherent in making diagnostic judgment calls, and they further this discussion at the beginning of each segment in this volume. They do not shy away from the potential political and monetary implications of “throwing the door too far open, or keeping the door too tightly closed.” This is especially evident in the ongoing debates of the nature and definitions of trauma and its damaging effects on humans in all walks of life.

Viewers meet three individuals and one couple, all accurately portraying the life struggles and important details that demonstrate what these clusters of symptoms look like when they reach a diagnosable level. Of course, the interviews are not perfect, but we learn from that as well. With humor and insight, Buckles and Yalom note the omissions and discuss what the interviewer might have done differently, or what the interviewer might do in the next session.

Also modeled in these vignettes are skills related to destigmatizing the symptoms and the diagnosis. Further, the interviewer demonstrates how to introduce the notion of continuing in therapy to address the disorder and improve the client’s overall mental health.

By watching this video, you will be able to:
  • Recognize the symptoms associated with Adjustment, Panic, Generalized Anxiety, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorders.
  • Gain skills in conducting a thorough diagnostic interview with clients experiencing the symptoms in question.
  • Expand your knowledge of these diagnoses and related diagnoses in order to differentiate between diagnoses that share similar precipitating events or symptoms. 

Length of video: 2:21:55

English subtitles available

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-542-4

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-542-7

Jason Buckles, PhD, earned his Bachelor’s in Psychology at New York University in 1992. While there he worked on psychiatric diagnostic projects at Bellevue Hospital and the New York Psychiatric Institute. He earned his Master’s in Counseling at The University of New Mexico in 2001 and PhD at The University of New Mexico in 2016. Buckles has a private mental health counseling practice and behavior consultation agency specializing in supports for people with intellectual disability and concurrent mental health diagnoses. From 2012 through 2016 he was the statewide clinical director of the New Mexico Department of Health—Bureau of Behavioral Support. Since late 2016 he has been the executive director of A Better Way of Living, an agency that provides life-wide supports for people with intellectual disability and concurrent behavioral and/or mental health conditions. He has taught psychiatric assessment and diagnosis at New Mexico Highlands University since 2002 and in the Special Education department at The University of New Mexico since 2015.

CE credits: 2.25

Learning Objectives:

  • List the symptoms associated with Adjustment, Panic, Generalized Anxiety, and Posttraumatic Stress disorders
  • Apply skills in conducting a diagnostic interview with these client types
  • Prepare interview questions that facilitate differential diagnosis of these disorders

Bibliography available upon request

This course is offered for ASWB ACE credit for social workers. See complete list of CE approvals here

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Course Reviewed January 2024

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