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The Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology


Virtual Workshop: Integrating HiTOP into Clinical Practice


This free series of five videos was recorded in November 2022 as part of an online workshop offered by the Clinical Translation Workgroup. The videos will introduce you to the Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology (HiTOP), a dimensional system for organizing psychopathology symptoms. Trainees who complete the workshop will learn how to assess and conceptualize symptoms though a HiTOP lens and integrate findings into treatment planning and monitoring. The workshop also reviews how to apply principles to work with diverse and underserved populations. Training includes hands-on interactive discussion of cases, a review of evidence and limits for the clinical utility of HiTOP relative to other systems, and practical considerations such as billing and reporting. Presenters are leading educators, clinicians, and researchers from the HiTOP Consortium.

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Module 1: HiTOP Overview (Length: 50 mins)

Presenters: Roman Kotov, Ph.D. Stony Brook University, NY, Camilo Ruggero, PhD, University of North Texas, David Cicero, PhD., University of North Texas

Learning objectives:
- Understand the HiTOP model and relevant evidence
- Discuss benefits and limitations of prevailing diagnostic systems
- Compare and contrast categorical and dimensional nosologies

Module 2:  HiTOP Instruments and Scales (Length: 55 mins)

Presenter: Leonard Simms, Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo, Katherine Jonas, PhD., Stony Brook University, NY

Learning objectives:
- Describe instruments and protocols consistent with HiTOP model
- Discuss specific scale interpretations

Module 3: HiTOP and Case Conceptualization (Length: 60 mins)

Presenter: Lee Anna Clark, Ph.D., Brady Nelson, PhD, Stony Brook University, NY

Learning objectives:
- Integrate HiTOP perspective (e.g. dimensional, hierarchical) into case conceptualization
- Distinguish between role of traits and symptoms
- Discuss how to provide feedback to improve insight and therapeutic alliance

Module 4:  HiTOP and Treatment Planning (Length: 80 mins)

Presenter: Stephanie Mullins-Sweatt, Ph.D. Oklahoma State University & Chris Hopwood, PhD, University of Zurich.

Learning objectives:
- Identify empirically supported treatments across spectra and levels of the HiTOP model
- Develop treatment targets, goals, and interventions based on a HiTOP profiles.
- Monitor and adjust treatment progress based on HiTOP-related outcomes.

5. HiTOP and Working with Diverse or Underserved Populations (Length: 75 mins)

Presenter: Craig Rodriguez-Seijas, PhD, University of Michigan

Learning Objectives:
- Discuss factors that impact applicability of HiTOP model for underrepresented groups as well as contextual multicultural factors that can impact scores.
- Develop individualized case conceptualizations with a focus on context through identity intersectionality.
- Recognize the importance of being mindful of stigma and how it may manifest cognitively/behavioral among cultural minorities.

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