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Mar 08

Learning Differential Diagnosis When Working with Trauma and Substance Use Disorders

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Mar 08, 2024 09:00am ET - Mar 08, 2024 11:15am ET

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Who should attend: Clinicians

* It is important that you have your DSM-5-TR for the training.

Description: This presentation will cover the Trauma and Substance sections of the new DSM 5 TR. Differential Diagnosis will be stressed, reviewing different techniques and questions that will help identify what other diagnoses could be in play, and how to illicit more honest information from the client to determine appropriate diagnosis. Case studies will be discussed to highlight how to use the skills given.


  • Review the new DSM 5 TR criteria for trauma and substance
  • Teach the differential diagnosis possibilities for these areas including ways to ask questions to the clients to determine accurate criteria met.
  • Will use case studies to highlight these skills and techniques to assure for more accurate application.

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About the Presenter:

Jennifer Haywood, LISW-S, LICDC-CS

Jennifer has been training helping professionals since 1998. Her specialties include diagnosis, motivational interviewing, addictions focus topics, drug free workplace trainings, ethics, and supervision. Jennifer goes to agencies state-wide to train staff in treatment models in order to help their clients and trained all the behavioral health and medical social workers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Motivational Interviewing in 2011/2012. Currently, Jennifer is teaching at OSU in the MSW and BSSW programs, focusing on the addictions minor the university is offering, clinical diagnosing and motivational interviewing. 

Jennifer has a private practice in Worthington, Ohio where she specializes in treating addicts and alcoholics, families of addicts and alcoholics, depression, anxiety, post-partum women, women’s’ issues, adolescent issues (14+ only), and relationship struggles.

Jennifer Haywood has been a clinical social worker and addiction specialist since 1996. She received her Masters in Social Work (MSW) from The Ohio State University and her chemical dependency specialty through her internship at the Addiction Recovery Center at Harding Hospital in Worthington, Ohio. Jennifer has a BA in psychology from the University of Maryland.  

Through the years Jennifer has had a variety of work experiences including counseling and supervising in dual diagnosis facilities. Her extensive experience ranges from outpatient individual, marital, group and family counseling with mental health and substance abuse cases, to supervising an adolescent AOD unit and a children and adolescent dual diagnosis unit.

Since 2003, Jennifer has been adjunct teaching at The Ohio State University in the Bachelors Science Social Work (BSSW) and in the MSW programs with a specialty in diagnosis, theory, mental health and addictions practice classes. She has been teaching the diagnosis course since 2003, and has been teaching Motivational Interviewing and various Addiction courses for many year. Jennifer has also taught at Columbus State Community College and at Capital University. At Columbus State she supervised students for 10 years in their field placement experiences. Jennifer’s 24 years of experience in the addictions field allow her to assess, diagnose and treat clients with the expertise needed.  Jennifer is currently open for new clients, and can guide anyone with questions about the right “fit” when choosing one of the clinicians she supervises.