Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy/Factitious Disorder by Proxy:
Interrelated Multidimensional Diagnoses

A Live Interactive Webinar Friday, May 21st, 2021
12-1 pm Pacific Time/3-4 pm Eastern Time
Presenter: Michael Bütz, PhD

1 CE credit hours. For psychologists outside of New York State, CE hours are designated as home study. For all other professionals, Live CE certificates will be provided.

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Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy/Factitious Disorder by Proxy, is often misunderstood and challenging to recognize in the clinical setting being either under or over identified. Current diagnostic categories within the DSM-5 have proven inadequate for addressing such phenomenon, leaving clinicians, Emergency Room personnel, evaluators, child protective services workers, and anyone else working with children and families grasping for ways to accurately diagnose and address the disorder.

Part of the challenge lies in not fully addressing the multiple dimensions of this disorder. Most professionals and systems address only one dimension, such as symptoms exhibited solely by the child. They overlook the relationship between these symptoms and how family, as well as other system dynamics, are interrelated and contribute to both this syndrome and its understanding.

In his second webinar for the Zur Institute, Dr. Bütz further articulates the concept of Interrelated Multidimensional Diagnoses, and how this diagnostic focus better captures this phenomenon’s complexities. In this introductory level webinar, Dr. Bütz will briefly review historical descriptions, and then apply the diagnostic concept of Interrelated Multidimensional Diagnoses to Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy/Factitious Disorder by Proxy.

For those unable to attend, CE credits (though not live) will be available by viewing the recording and taking the post-test and evaluation.

Target audience: This course is appropriate for all mental health professionals

 

About the Presenter: Michael R. Bütz, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in Montana and author of the recently published book Parental Alienation and Factitious Disorder by Proxy Beyond DSM-5 Interrelated Multidimensional Diagnoses. His work is divided between an emphasis on forensics with Aspen Practice, P.C. and clinical and neurology at St. Vincent Hospital. He is also a fellow of the American Psychological Association’s Society of Clinical Psychology, recipient of a number of awards from APA’s Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs Division (31) and has held a number of leadership roles in his home state’s association. Although Dr. Bütz’ scholarship has been rather broad, he has published a number of articles in APA’s Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, and has been best known for his previous work nonlinear dynamics as the author of Chaos and Complexity: Implications for Psychological Theory and Practice (CRC Press, 1997), as well as coauthor of Strange Attractors: Chaos, Complexity and the Art of Family Therapy (Wiley, 1997) and Clinical Chaos: A Therapist’s Guide to Non-Linear Dynamics and Therapeutic Change (Routledge, 1998).

 

Learning objectives

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to

  • Briefly describe the history and terms used for what is now called Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy/Factitious Disorder by Proxy.
  • Explain why the concept of Interrelated Multidimensional Diagnoses was put forward in 2019.
  • Discuss the basics of Interrelated Multidimensional Diagnoses.
  • Apply the concept of Interrelated Multidimensional Diagnoses to Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy/Factitious Disorder by Proxy.

Course outline

  1. Briefly review the descriptions and history of Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy/Factitious Disorder by Proxy.
  2. Why the concept of Interrelated Multidimensional Diagnoses was put forward
  3. The concepts and workings of an Interrelated Multidimensional Diagnosis.
  4. Problems created by rebranding the phenomenon and the essential nature of the Platypus Paradox.
  5. Describe the characteristics of the Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy/Factitious Disorder at each dimension, and how cumulatively this adds up to the pathological dynamic described by an Interrelated Multidimensional Diagnosis.
  6. How to identify Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy/Factitious Disorder by Proxy as an Interrelated Multidimensional Diagnosis with a proposed two stage diagnostic process.
  7. How to fairly, scientifically, consider applying these concepts in a stepwise fashion.

Course interaction & system requirements

This live webinar is fully interactive. Attendees may ask and answer questions throughout the

presentation and participate in instructor-led polls.

Registration for the webinar will be on Zoom. On the day of the webinar, log-in will be available ten minutes before the start. To be eligible for Live CE credits, you must be logged in the entire time. Entry to the webinar will be closed 5 minutes after the scheduled start time.

System requirements: This webinar will be hosted through Zoom. Upon registration, participants will be provided a link that they can use to access live from any desktop, laptop, tablet, or smart device. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, we recommend you allow yourself 10-15 minutes before the event begins to assure you are able to successfully log in. If you have any difficulties or questions, contact aviva@zurinstitute.com

Fee $25

Course completion & CE info

Course completion requirements: At the end of the webinar, you will be provided a link that allows you to register for the “course” where you will take a post webinar test, complete an evaluation and download your CE certificate.

That link will also be emailed within an hour after the webinar is over. For those wanting to review the webinar, a recording will be included as part of the “course” the day following the webinar. For Live CE credit hours, you will have 30 days following the end of the webinar to login to your account at Zur Institute to complete the post webinar test and evaluation.

If you pay and either miss part of the webinar or are unable to attend: Don’t worry. You can still obtain CE credits (though not live) by viewing the recording and taking the post-test and evaluation. You will receive an email notification when the recording is ready for viewing no later than 5 days after the webinar is over.

Our Live Webinars are live and include ample opportunity to interact with the presenters. They qualify as in-person continuing education in most states. Each state sets its own requirements for licensure, including continuing education requirements, to maintain licensure. Questions about CE requirements for state licensure should be directed to your state board.

For psychologists outside of New York State, CE hours are designated as home study. For all other professionals, Live CE certificates will be provided.

CE credits for all other professions including New York licensed psychologists, will be provided by Zur Institute.

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