Candace Kimbrough, LPC, LCDC

Candace Kimbrough, LPC, LCDC is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and has now lived in Texas for 12 years.  Before becoming a Mental Health Professional, she was a professional musician, fundraiser, and lobbyist. She received her undergraduate degrees in Music and Journalism from the University of Georgia, her Master of Public Administration from Kennesaw State University, and her Master of Community Counseling from the University of Texas San Antonio.


Candace completed her post graduate internships at Bexar County Juvenile Detention, Enlightened Behavioral Health, and Travis County Counseling and Education.  Since 2013, she has worked as a Mental Health Specialist for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department and Travis County Adult Probation.  Candace opened her private practice in 2014, specializing in assessment, forensics, addiction, family systems, co-occurring disorders, relapse prevention, trauma, and numerous other anxiety, mood, and adjustment disorders.


In addition to her private practice, Candace is currently a contract provider for the state of Texas, providing assessments, mental health, and drug and alcohol education and counseling for clients in the legal system.

10:45 – 11:45 AM CDT

April 23rd April 23rd

Substance Use Disorder in the DSM-5

You will become familiar with:

Using assessment tools with the new DSM-V Criteria in order to help clinicians:

  • assess and treat clients on every level of the SUD spectrum
  • assess clients past and current substance use patterns
  • develop case plans, treatment goals, and measurable outcomes based on the new DSM-V criteria needed for agency use, private practice, and grant reporting

Understanding our clients:

  • meeting them where they are in their recovery (multiple relapse, first time offender, primary support system dynamics, socio-economic issues specific to your client to help tailor your assessment, with life issues factored into measurables.
  • finding the best tool for your client and agency resources/limitations
  • everyone needs measurables (client, treatment team, funders, insurance, legal system) in order to determine if the work is working and what is not

During the Presentation:

  • Use three assessment tools using three different client examples and walk through the assessment process using current DSM-V criteria as a working example:
    • which tool to use with what client
    • who are stakeholders in accurate measurables and reporting for these clients
  • will provide a "cheat sheet" participants can keep outlining changes from DSM-IV to DSM-V as a quick reference with an easy to understand explanation of new DSM qualifiers.

Provided to Participants:

  • 10 examples of different assessment tools with explanation and guidance on developing a treatment plan and measurables; "cheat sheet" participants can keep outlining changes from DSM-IV to DSM-V as a quick reference with an easy to understand explanation of new DSM qualifiers; copy of presentation
  • Also encouraged contact for creating an online staffing Q/A group for all interested, as well as encouragement for participants to reach out to presenters.