Louisiana Group Psychotherapy Society



​By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:
1) State at least three differences between a disorder-focused vs. transdiagnostic approach.
2) State at least four common vulnerability mechanisms and their related disorder spectrum.
3) Describe at least four different types of maladaptive response mechanisms. 
4) State at least four different classes of interventions.
5) Describe how to match interventions to particular vulnerability and response mechanisms.


​Gary G. Gintner, Ph.D., LPC is an Associate Professor and Program Leader of the Counseling Program at Louisiana State University. He has published numerous articles on topics such as DSM-5, differential diagnosis, mood disorders, substance abuse and best practices for the treatment of psychiatric and substance use disorders. He is a nationally recognized trainer on DSM-5 and best practice guidelines. His thirty years of clinical experience includes inpatient care, substance abuse counseling, and outpatient mental health. He was the 2007-2008 President of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) and served as the Chair of the DSM-5 Task Force for AMHCA. He is a Fellow of the American Counseling Association and is currently a member of the WHO’s Global Clinical Practice Network and is participating in the field trials for ICD-11.


​One criticism of the disorder-focused approach of both DSM-5 and the ICD is that the diagnosis is based upon a set of signs and symptoms which can vary considerably for a particular disorder. Transdiagnostics is an emerging alternative perspective that aims at identifying causal mechanisms that produce these symptoms.  These mechanisms include both vulnerability factors (e.g., deficits in emotion regulation, executive functioning and threat sensitivity) and response mechanisms to these vulnerabilities (e.g., experiential avoidance, cognitive misappraisals, and attributional bias).  Evidence suggests that these mechanisms may underlie DSM’s major diagnostic groupings such as depression, anxiety disorders and eating disorders. The program presents a systematic model for pinpointing these mechanisms and selecting interventions that can maximally impact them.  Research suggests that this approach may not only help the particular problem area but also improve related comorbid conditions.  Case examples are used throughout to illustrate the application of this approach to common clinical problems.

​​2018 Summer Workshop

June 22

Gary G. Gintner, PhD, LPC-S

​Transdiagnostics: From Diagnosing Disorders to Targeting Underlying Mechanisms 

​Woman's Hospital 

J.E. Dunn Conference Center: Conference Room 1

​100 Woman's Way, Baton Rouge, LA 70817