Psychological Centers


Psychological Centers Professional Training Program 


Thursday May 23, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 4:15 PM EDT

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Psychological Centers Training Room 
49 Pavilion Avenue
Providence, RI 02905

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Psychiatric Diagnosis: Problems and Options 

Paula J Caplan, PhD

DuBois Institute, Harvard University

Thursday, May 23

1 - 4:15



Psychiatric Diagnosis: Problems and Options 

Paula J Caplan, PhD

DuBois Institute, Harvard University


According to Doctor Caplan, psychiatric diagnosis is not scientifically grounded, does not reduce human suffering, and carries a wide array of serious risks of harm. A great many systems and factors lead to the creation and purveying of psychiatric classification, but the enterprise is totally unregulated, leaving people harmed by these labels with no recourse. Dr. Caplan offers significant scientific evidence to support these concerns.  She offers concrete alternatives for therapists, ways to try to reduce harm to clients from psychiatric diagnoses and recent national actions taken in an attempt to create accountability on behalf of people seeking professional help for their personal struggles.


After this training participants will be able to:

(1)   describe 3 limitations of psychiatric diagnoses

(2)   list 3 kinds of harm resulting from psychiatric diagnoses

(3)   list 3 ways to reduce harm done to clients, including recent 

       forms of activism


Workshop Agenda 

 1:00 PM -2:15 PM

  • Limitations of psychiatric diagnoses:
    • Science
    • Clinical limitations
    • Harm caused to patients and the general public

2:15 PM -2:30 PM    BREAK (15 minutes)

 2:30 PM -4:00 PM

  • Alternatives
    • Working with patients without relying on DSM diagnoses
    • Public activism and other efforts to reduce harm to patients and the public

4:00 PM-4:15 PM

  • Wrap-up and evaluation

Paula J. Caplan, Ph.D., is a clinical and research psychologist and Associate at Harvard University's DuBois Institute.  She received her A.B. with honors from Radcliffe College of Harvard University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from Duke University. 

Previously, she spent two years as a Fellow in the Women and Public Policy Program of Harvard Kennedy School, both at Harvard University. She has been a Lecturer at Harvard, teaching Myths of Motherhood; Girls’ and Women’s Psychological Development over the Lifespan; and Psychology of Sex and Gender. She is former Full Professor of Applied Psychology and Head of the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, where she also headed the School Psychology and Community Psychology programs, and former Lecturer in Women’s Studies and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.


Dr. Caplan is also an advocate, activist, and playwright, author of 11 books and editor of a 12th, and author of dozens of book chapters and articles in scholarly journals, as well as of numerous articles and essays in popular publications. She has given hundreds of invited addresses and invited workshops and done more than 1,000 media interviews.  Her books include They Say You're Crazy: How the World's Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide Who's Normal and Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis. Her first play, CALL ME CRAZY, deals with psychiatric diagnosis and is based on what she learned during the two years she served on two DSM-IV committees; it won a national playwriting award. More information about her work is and


This program offers 3 CE credits formarriage and family therapists, psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors, and psychiatric advanced practice nurses.

The fee for this event is $45 ($20 for full time students). There is an additional charge of $10 for late payment or payment at the door. There is no fee for Psychological Centers staff.

Please click on the link above or below to register.

General Information 

If you need assistance with access, comfort, or ability to optimize your learning, please contact the continuing education program at 401-490-8900 or  Psychological Centers is a fully accessible location.

Unless otherwise indicated, all programs are basic to intermediate educational programs directed to practicing clinicians in mental health fields.  Some programs will have application to other health care professionals as well.

All programs offer continuing education credits for psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors, and marriage and family therapists.  In order to receive a continuing education certificate, participants must attend programs in their entirety (or 80% of scheduled multi-week programs), as well as complete an evaluation form.  Certificates will be distributed at the end of each program.

The Psychological Centers/URI Counseling Center Training Program is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The PC/URI CC Training Program maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The Psychological Centers/URI Counseling Center Training Program, provider #1151, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. The PC/URI CC Training Program maintains responsibility for the program.

Confirmation notices are not required for admittance and are not routinely mailed.  In the event that enrollment in a program is closed, you will be notified promptly.  If you wish to confirm receipt of your registration please email  In the event of inclement weather, please call 401-490-8900 for cancellation notice.  If a program is canceled for any reason, a full refund will be made.

Graduate Students:Full time graduate students and post-doctoral fellows receive a discount off the regular rate.

Refund Policy: Refunds (minus $15 processing fee) are available for cancellations received by mail, fax, or phone up to one week prior to the course. Registration may be transferred to another person or program without penalty.

Complaints: To file a complaint about this program, content, or instructor, contact Continuing Education, 765 Allens Avenue, Providence, RI 02905; 401-490-8900,

About Psychological Centers:

Psychological Centers, Inc. is a multi-program behavioral health agency with over 100 clinicians and staff.  Psychological Centers provides community-based psychological services to children and adults around Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts.  The Centers’ behavioral medicine initiative has placed behavioral health professionals on-site, accepting referrals from physicians and nurses in health centers and medical practices in between 15-20 locations around Rhode Island (and growing). Specialty assessment and behavioral health services are provided in a range of innovative school, community, and home-based settings.  For referral information to any program, or for outpatient services, call: 401-490-8930.

Employment Opportunities: Psychological Centers is seeking child and adult mental health clinicians for full and part-time opportunities.  We have full-time positions for non-licensed or licensed clinicians providing home-based services for children and families and full and part-time opportunities for licensed clinicians in outpatient and co-located medical settings.  To indicate interest, please contact Anne-Marie Bora at 401-490-8906 or