Program Description: 

This talk will focus on how different conceptions of ‘mental disorder’ affect medical treatment, social attitudes, and patients’ understandings of their conditions. This talk will defend a novel ability-based view of mental disorder and argue that accepting it would reduce stigma and prognostic pessimism while vindicating widely shared intuitions about what should count as a ‘disorder.’


Target audience: 
  • Physicians
Learning objectives: 

Participants who engage in this educational intervention will be able to:

  • Understand the most prominent attempts to define 'mental disorder.

  • Appreciate how adopting different conceptions of 'mental disorders' can affect both how medical ​personnel treat individuals experiencing mental health problems and how individuals view their own conditions.

  • Analyze the utility of adopting an ability-based conception of mental disorder (especially in contrast to more traditional dysfunction-based approaches).


Faculty & credentials: 

Garson Leder, PhD
Assistant Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities
Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities
Medical College of Wisconsin


Kris Tym
Accreditation Statement
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians
Designation of Credit Statement
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity
Hours of Participation for Allied Health Professionals
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 1.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.
Session date: 
04/19/2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm CDT
Milwaukee, WI 53226
United States
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.

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