If I register for the entire diagnosis training package, but miss a class... May I assume I can make it up/attend at the next offering in the fall?

Yes; if you miss a Module in the Summer Series you can make it up in the Fall Series.

What are the dates/locations for the Fall Series?

FALL Series: 09/08/17 -12/16/17 (8 TOTAL Sessions: All available In-Person; 3 available Online)


Gwinnett Technical College, Alpharetta - North Fulton Campus - 2875 Old Milton Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA 30004

Gwinnett Technical College, Lawrenceville - 5150 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30043    

FALL Series: 09/08/17 - 12/16/17  (8 Total Sessions: All available In-Person; 3 available Online)

Module 1 - September 8 Friday in Alpharetta OR Online

Module 2 -  September 22 Friday in Alpharetta OR Online

Module 3 - October 6 Friday in Alpharetta

Module 4 - October 21 Saturday Lawrenceville,

Module 5 - October 27 Friday in Alpharetta

Module 6 - November 10 Friday in Alpharetta

Module 7 - December 8 Friday in Alpharetta

Module 8 - December 16 Saturday  Lawrenceville,  OR Online

What is the breakdown, per module, of Ethics CEs versus CORE CEs?

Training Topics and CE hours: (each event has 5 Core hours and at least 1 Ethics hour)

Module 1 Introduction to the DSM-5

Module 2 Medical Conditions, and Lifestyle Contributing MH Concerns

Module 3 Anxiety Disorders and Depressive Disorders

Module 4 Disorders: Substance Use, Impulse Control, Conduct, and Personally

Module 5 Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders: Neurodevelopmental, Elimination, Feeding, Eating

Module 6 Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders: Dissociative, Trauma, and Stressor Related

Module 7 Neurocognitive Disorders, Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders, Bipolar and Related Disorders

Module 8 Disorders: Paraphilic, Sexual Functioning, Gender Dysphoria

If I take the first two online, will my ethics CEs requirements be met out of the remaining 6 modules?

No.  Module 8 is also available online.  As in all online courses approved by NBCC, there is an exam at the end of the online modules.

Should I prepare for an additional ethics course(s) if I take the some of the modules online?

All Ethics must be in person. If you take Modules 3, 4,5,6,7, in person you will have 5 Ethics in person hours.

Who needs to take this program if they have not already taken a diagnosis course?

The Law says: All licensees regulated by the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, i.e., LAPCs, LPCs, LMSWs, LCSWs, LAMFTs, LMFTs who:

1) are “working with people with mental illness, developmental disability, or substance abuse”; and

2) received their independent licensure (LCSW, LPC, and/or LMFT) after April 26, 2006 or who have not maintained their independent licensure (LCSW, LPC, LMFT) for at least ten (10) years as of April 26, 2016; and

3) If you have not taken a course before 2017, then you need to have proof of a completed a “curriculum” - three (3) credit graduate level course in “diagnosis” or 45 hour course of approved training in diagnosis / psychopathology by January 1, 2018.  

Look at your LAPC or LPC  application- did you fill in IX Psychopathology section.  See Rule 135-5-.02(a)11(IX) CLICK HERE to read the Board Rules

LOOK at your LPC (LAPC) application, under the section Required Course Work, IX Psychopathology. Did you list a course under IX Psychopathology? If yes, then you do not need another course (we are waiting for the comments from the licensing board to confirm this.)  READ BOARD RULE 135-5-.02(a)11(IX)

What is the deadline for compliance?

As of midnight, December 31, 2017, all persons whose licensure is regulated by the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists who do not qualify for exemptions as noted below must have completed the educational requirements related to Psychopathology or Diagnosis.

What are the exemption guidelines for this requirement? (there are TWO exemptions, you just need to qualify for one)

1.  If you received your independent licensure (LCSW, LPC, and/or LMFT) before April 26, 2006 and maintained your license without interruption, or issues you will qualify for this exemption.

2. Or you have taken a  graduate level course in "diagnose" and / or listed it on your LPC application under Course Work, IV Psychopathology. 

What courses or training will count as having met the educational training requirement?

The Law states a “curriculum”. Clinicians who have completed a graduate level course before 2017 then must have proof of training by 2018.  The Rule 135-12 states:  a minimum of three (3) credit hours in Psychopathology or Diagnosis will be considered to have fulfilled their education requirements under this Law. As an alternative, clinicians may also apply 45 hours of “approved” (not just any workshop with the word diagnose in the title) training in Psychopathology or Differential Diagnoses towards the educational requirement.

Can I apply any of my undergraduate college courses towards the 45-hour requirement in Psychopathology / Differential Diagnosis?

No. To become licensed all applicants must have a Graduate Degree. Therefore the course is at the graduate level.

If I covered aspects of Psychopathology / Diagnosis as part of several different graduate level courses, can I apply the total number of hours of study in Psychopathology / Diagnosis towards the graduate education requirement?

LOOK at your LPC application, under the section Required Course Work, IX Psychopathology. Did you list a course under IX Psychopathology? If not, you most likely have to take a course to meet the law.  Again you will have to contact the Licensing board for details. 

Who may approve the 45 hours of training in Psychopathology / Differential Diagnosis so that the program will count as having met the educational requirement?

The Licensing Board CE rule states organizations (such as GSCSW, LPCA GA and GAMFT) may approve the training programs that can be applied towards the educational requirements.  NASW is offering a social work course 

May I count the 45 hours of training in Psychopathology / Differential Diagnosis towards the biannual CE requirements in core and ethics hours?

Yes. The 45 hours of training will fulfill the 35-hour CE requirement for the biannual licensure cycle 10/1/16-9/30/18 as long as the courses meet other requirements for training in continuing education, such as limitations on the number of online hours and the requirement that ethics training be conducted in a live, face to face format.

May I take any of the training program modules online?

Yes. Online versions of material from the first two modules and module 8, of the 45-hour program will be available on the www.yourceus.com web site. However, if you wish to apply any of the online training in Psychopathology / Differential Diagnosis towards your 35-hour biannual CE requirement, you must remain compliant with rules concerning a 10-hour limit for online training and the requirement that ethics training be conducted in a live, face to face format.

Who will be offering the 45-hour training program in Psychopathology / Differential Diagnosis?

An eight-module training program specifically designed to meet the 45-hour diagnosis training requirement is being developed through a collaborative effort of yourceus.com (www.yourceus.com), CEU Concepts (www.CEUConcepts.com), the American College of Psychotherapy, TMH Professionals and LPCA (www.lpcaga.org).

There are several other approved Diagnose Training Programs available.  Check out www.GSCSW.org and the LPCA calendar of workshops. 

Completion of all 45-hours and a passing score on a post-test will result in a Certificate of Specialization in Differential Diagnosis that will serve as proof of completion. Registration will be available on all websites noted above in this paragraph.

Other programs from other training professionals may also be offered and clinicians should seek additional information from their professional association, such as www.GAMFT.org and www.GSCSW.org.

Where will I be able to register for the 45-hour program being offered?

http://www.LPCAGA.org click Career & Training, drop down menu Diagnosis Training Program or www.yourceus.com, or www.CEUConcepts.com or www.ACPB.com or www.GAMFT.org and www.GSCSW.org.

What will be included in the cost of the program?

At each module, attendees will be provided with extensive handouts on differential diagnosis that collectively will form a workbook. These handouts will serve as a useful reference guide for actual clinical practice.

When will the 45-hour program be offered?

The first module of the 45-hour training program in Psychopathology / Differential Diagnosis will be offered March 10, 2017, with modules 2-8 to follow from March – June. For the convenience of attendees, modules will be held on Fridays and Saturdays. A second complete 45-hour, eight-module program will also be held in the fall.

Will I be able to take some of the modules during the March-June program and some of the modules during the program to be held in the fall?

Yes. Whether you register for the full 45-hour program or register for each module individually, you may take modules whenever they are most convenient for your schedule. As long as all 8 modules have been completed, you will be eligible for the Certificate of Specialization in Differential Diagnosis and will have met the education requirements in Psychopathology / Differential Diagnosis.

Will the training program be accessible to all areas of Georgia?

Yes. Efforts are currently underway to develop the capacity to have online streaming of the training program to training sites convenient to all parts of Georgia. At each of the multiple distant sites, a live facilitator will be available to distribute handouts and lead the live training exercises.


At this time, the Licensing Board has completed and finalized a rule on the requirements under the new LAW. CLICK HERE

The Licensing Board, by law, will decide what course or training program is acceptable. The course requirement must be completed before January 1, 2018. LPCA has been engaged in the development of this best practice program that will thoroughly cover the psychopathology / diagnosis educational training.