Psychology Club hosting March 9 mental health seminar at UNK

Using the DSM-5 & Mental Status ExamBy TYLER ELLYSON
UNK Communications

KEARNEY – The Psychology Club at the University of Nebraska at Kearney is hosting a seminar for mental health providers and graduate students.

The seminar, “Using the DSM-5 & Mental Status Exam,” will be hosted 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 9 in Ponderosa Room E inside the Nebraskan Student Union on campus. Registration runs from 8-8:30 a.m. with light refreshments and coffee.

Krista Fritson
Krista Fritson

Krista Fritson, a licensed clinical psychologist and psychology professor at UNK, will serve as instructor for the seminar, which is geared toward therapists, counselors, social workers, licensed mental health providers and other mental and behavioral health professionals, as well as UNK graduate students in these fields.

The event will cover the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) and how it can be used during the assessment process. It also provides continuing education hours for licensed professionals.

“Professionals in the behavioral/mental health field, from psychiatrists to mental health counselors, use this manual and they must have continuing education units to continue in their practice,” Fritson said. “By offering the current seminar, we provide an opportunity for mental health professionals to meet their requirements with less travel, fewer expenses, reasonably-priced CEUs and an opportunity to support the local university.”

The seminar, which is also sponsored by Fritson Psychological Services, is a fundraiser for the UNK Psychology Club, helping cover costs for student research, travel and other expenses. It also gives students an opportunity to network with professionals, organize and attend a professional seminar and strengthen ties with the community.

The cost is $120 for professionals before Wednesday (Feb. 28) and $130 at the door. That includes a syllabus, handouts, case reviews and meal ticket for The Market @ 27th on campus. The cost for UNK graduate students is $30 before Wednesday and $40 at the door.

For registration information, contact Fritson at 308-440-9303 or


Writer: Tyler Ellyson, writing specialist, 308.865.8529,
Source: Krista Fritson, psychology professor, 308.440.9303,

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