A legislative committee of the Virginia General Assembly charged the Virginia Commission on Youth to examine evidence-based treatments in mental health for children and adolescents.  Their study resulted in a 300+ page volume, which can be downloaded here: http://vcoy.virginia.gov/Collection_HouseDoc7041513withcover.pdf.  This volume is updated biennially, and the Commission is currently determining the implications of DSM-5 on their findings.

Of particular value to treatment providers and families in North Carolina is a reference chart of disorders and evidence-based treatments (for a copy of the reference chart alone, go to http://vcoy.virginia.gov/collection.asp). This chart lists what works, what seems to work, and what does not work for each disorder.  Disorders include ADHD, anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorder, depression, disruptive behavior disorders, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, substance use disorders, and trauma, to name a few.  For example, what works for disruptive behavior disorders are assertiveness training, parent management training (PMT) programs, multisystemic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and CBT and PMT.  What seems to work is multidimensional treatment foster care.  What does not work are atypical antipsychotic medications, stimulants, mood stabilizers, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, boot camps, shock incarcerations, and dramatic, short-term, or talk therapy.

Source:  Virginia Commission on Youth.  Collection of Evidence-based Practices for Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Treatment Needs.  5th Ed.  Richmond, VA, 2012.


Upcoming Training Opportunity: DSM-5: Comparison and Implications for Addiction Professionals Webinar

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
12pm – 1:30pm EST (11 CST/10 MST/9 PST)

A component of the NAADAC Institute Webinar Series

The proposed DSM‐5 will eliminate the words “abuse” and “dependence” from the diagnostic lexicon and replace them with a dimensional perspective consisting of three diagnoses: mild, moderate, or severe for each substance group. The proposed changes will also delete legal problems related to use and replace it with the construct of craving/compulsion to use. All 11 of the new criteria will be on a continuum. Those with positive findings on two or three of the 11 will receive a diagnosis of “mild” substance use disorder, those positive for three or four will receive a “moderate” diagnosis, and those with six or more positive findings will receive a diagnosis of “severe” substance use disorder.

This free webinar will examine the similarities and differences under the proposed DSM‐5 for alcohol, cannabis and cocaine diagnoses. We will utilize diagnostic information on a sample of more than 7,000 adults and 1,000 adolescents from structured interviews that capture elements of both diagnostic formulations. For no diagnosis or dependence, the new diagnoses will place most individuals into the “no diagnosis” and “severe” group, respectively. However, for those with a current diagnosis of abuse, substantial changes in diagnoses will be outlined. Results also indicate that all criteria are not equal in indicating a more severe condition. Clinical and policy implications will be discussed. Not to be missed!

Free CE credit for NAADAC members ($20 for non-members)

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