This online course reviews Baron Von Munchhausen, the man and the myth, along with the psychological phenomenon of the "Munchausen" disorders. Specifically, the range and severity of the physical and psychological injuries people intentionally do to themselves and their children to get attention is explored. In addition, relevant therapeutic strategies, along with clinical, ethical, and forensic issues that may arise when working with this population is discussed. Albeit rare, understanding these disorders, known in the DSM-5 as Factitious Disorder Imposed on Self (formerly Munchausen Syndrome) and Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another (formerly Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy), is important as they have significant negative effects on the lives of the individual sufferers, their families and the community at large considering that an estimated $40 million per year is spent in unnecessary tests and other medical resources.
This online course is approved for APA CE credit, NBCC CE clock hours, ASWB Clinical CE clock hours, and NYSED CE credit.
After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
- Describe the origins of “Munchausen” syndromes.
- Identify the current DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for Factitious Disorders and distinguish between Factitious Disorder Imposed on Self vs. Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another, formerly Munchausen and Munchausen by Proxy.
- Recognize the range and severity of symptoms that patients with these disorders present with (e.g., bodily organs and systems involved) and utilize 2 case studies and supporting test data to guide in psychological assessment.
- Discuss 4 relevant therapeutic strategies, along with the clinical, ethical, and forensic issues that may arise when working with this population.