The Mysteries of Manufactured Illness: Exploring Factitious/Munchausen’s Disorder, the Disorders that Encourage it, and How to Address this Complicated disorder

with Anthony D. Smith LMHC
| 19 February, 2022

Registration Open

OPQ Accreditation: RA04028-22 3CE

Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm

Venue: Zoom (link will be send upon registration)

Description:

Munchausen’s/Factitious disorder is a rare condition that can easily fly under the radar of the most skilled clinician. Using convincing tall tales and clever illness induction that makes them a spectacle, factitious patients can convince the best evaluators, therapists and medical personnel that their illness, or their dependents’ illness, is real. Though it’s not material riches they’re after, the ability to convince others of illness is akin to their pot of gold. Like a card player, factitious patients play it close to the vest, for if anyone sees their hand, the game is over and they must start anew.


No innocent game, patients and their dependents, often children, are physically, emotionally, and financially injured in the process. This sometimes engenders unintentional suicide in the individual, and almost always attachment and trauma issues in children. Though factitious disorder is rarely acknowledged and worked out in therapy, clinicians should remain alert to its presence if for no other reason than to protect the vulnerable.

Objectives:

  1. To become familiar with the diagnostic criteria for Munchausen’s/Factitious Disorder and develop a working understanding of the condition.
  2. To differentiate Munchausen’s/Factitious Disorder from malingering, somatoform and conversion disorders.
  3. Become familiar with the dangers of the condition and why it is important to be able to recognize it even if you’re not versed in treating it.
  4. Cultivate awareness to warning signs of Munchausen’s/Factitious Disorder and when to investigate further

Cost:

Before January 19th
Argyle Clinical Members and Argyle Students $235
Non Argyle Affiliation $280

After January 19th
Argyle Clinical Members and Argyle Students $325
Non Argyle Affiliation $375

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Facilitators

Anthony D. Smith LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Anthony Smith is a licensed mental health counselor with 20 years of experience in Massachusetts. He has worked in facilities and private practice performing therapy and […]