Guidance Center Clinical Officer Discusses Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Posted on 11/20/2013 12:19:40 PM

Dr. Ralph May, Chief Clinical Officer of the Community Guidance Center in Indiana, Pennsylvania for the past 27 years, gave a presentation on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) to the Educational and School Psychology Department on November 15, 2013.

May discussed how the DSM-5 is different from previous versions of the DSM and the impact of these changes. Highlights of May’s presentation included a discussion of the elimination of the multiaxial classification system as well as the elimination of autistic disorder, which has been replaced by autism spectrum disorder, and the addition of guidelines for evaluating suicidality.

May has conducted dozens of trainings for community agencies, managed care organizations, and support groups, on topics including psychopharmacology, Duty to Protect by Warning, diagnosis, confidentiality, and the DSM-5. In his role as Chief Clinical Officer, he oversees training of clinical staff and also promotes public education and provider education in behavioral health.

The Community Guidance Center (CGC) is a private, non-profit outpatient mental health clinic. Its establishment on August 1, 1959 was a direct result of the efforts of the Indiana County Mental Health Association members. The Community Guidance Center’s purpose is to promote mental health and to provide outpatient mental health diagnostic treatment and supported services to adults and children in Indiana County and the surrounding counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.