Diagnosing Misophonia Course

Misophonia is very common, affecting 10-15% of adults.  Median age of onset is about 10 yrs.  These people need your help.

Diagnosing and Assessing Misophonia Class – Video Replay.

The Misophonia Association conducted an online class on Diagnosing and Assessing Misophonia for clinicians on December 8, 2017.  This class is now available by video replay.  You will earn 6 continuing education credits for this class (4.5 hours of reading and 1.5 hour of class).

40% Discount – Summer2018 promo code – $149

50% Discount – APASpecial promo code – $124.  Registration URL: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/1814488143132477185

Cost:  Full price – $249

Cost: $124 with promo code APASpecial, valid through 10/15/18
[Note: Proceeds will support the operation of the Misophonia Institute, a 501c3 non-profit corporation.]

Registration URL: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/1814488143132477185

Benefits of the Class

  • Learn the defining characteristics of misophonia
  • Obtain formal training to increase knowledge of symptomatology of misophonia and understand proposed diagnostic criteria
  • You will be listed on the MisophoniaInstitute.org website (free until at least 1/1/20)
  • You will receive 6 CE credits
  • This class is a prerequisite for our course on Understanding Misophonia, which will help you to provide treatment for misophonia.

The Misophonia Institute has a goal of training at least 2 therapists in every state, so that individuals may easily get a diagnosis.  The Misophonia Institute will maintain a directory of trained clinicians on misophoniainstitute.org.  We also plan on teaching therapists about misophonia so that individuals with misophonia can receive professional help.

Diagnosing and Assessing Misophonia for Clinicians


This course is for clinicians who are licensed to diagnose psychological or medical conditions. In this class you will learn the unique characteristics of misophonia so that you can distinguish it from other anxiety/anger/compulsive/sensory disorders.

The instructors are Michelle Lopez, Ph.D. and Tom Dozier, M.S.  Michelle is a licensed psychologist, and Tom is a behavior analyst.  Both are directors of the Misophonia Institute.

The course consists of 4.5 hours of reading and a 1.5 hour online class, so you will receive 6 continuing education (CE) credits. There will be a test at the end of the class, which must be passed for CE credit and for you to be listed on the Misophonia Institute website as a trained clinician for diagnosing misophonia. You will receive a free listing on misophoniainstitute.org until 1/1/19 (and possibly free after that). The course is open to all, but only those who hold a valid license to provide a diagnosis will be listed on misophoniainstitute.org.

The cost for the CE credit is included in the price of the class. CEs will be awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars, an APA approved provider. To determine if they are approved for your license and your state, go to https://www.commonwealthseminars.com/seminar-ce-credit.html.

This class is a prerequisite for our course on understanding misophonia, which will teach you the current knowledge of this condition to allow you to be fully informed if you want to provide treatment.

All reading materials for the class will be provided after you register. Here is a list of the reading materials.

– Misophonia: Diagnostic Criteria for a New Psychiatric Disorder (Schroder, Vulink, & Denys, 2013)
– Proposed Diagnostic Criteria for Misophonia: A Multisensory Conditioned Aversive Reflex Disorder (Dozier, Lopez, & Pearson, 2017)
– Phenomenology of Misophonia: Initial Physical and Emotional Responses (Dozier & Morrison, 2017)
– Selected readings in Understanding and Overcoming Misophonia, 2nd ed. (Dozier, 2017
– Assessment forms (fillable PDFs)

You will be expected to have completed the readings before online class. The test for CE credit will cover both the readings and the class, as required by the CE provider. If necessary, you can retake the test at no cost.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the program, participants are expected to understand or do the following:

  1. The history of misophonia
  2. Distinguishing characteristics of misophonia, based on the proposed diagnostic criteria
  3. Identify the theoretical 5-stage misophonia process
  4. Using the diagnostic criteria as a reference, participants will be able to provide a positive/negative identification of misophonia based on a written case presentation.
  5. Describe the procedure for identifying the initial physical response of misophonia.
  6. Identify three written instruments for rating the severity of misophonia

Class outline:

  • Brief history of misophonia
  • Misophonia emotions
  • Triggers
  • Age of onset
  • Prevalence
  • What is misophonia
  • Clinical aspects that make misophonia unique
  • Diagnosing misophonia
  • Assessment instruments
  • Discussion

Instructor Bios:

Thomas Dozier, M.S. Behavior Analysis is a basic science of human behavior. A part of this science involves human reflexes and how we acquire them. Misophonia appears to be a conditioned (acquired) reflex to the trigger sounds. Tom has researched misophonia and worked to develop treatments since 2012, and he has shown that Misophonia is an acquired physical reflex to the trigger sounds which causes extreme emotions of rage and disgust. Tom is also the author of five peer-reviewed journal articles on misophonia and the book, Understanding and Overcoming Misophonia, 2nd Edition, A Conditioned Aversive Reflex Disorder. Tom founded the Misophonia Institute in 2016 as currently serves as president.

Dr. Michelle Lopez is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Director at the Center for Stress and Anxiety Management (CSAM). She has extensive training in evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which she utilizes to help individuals overcome anxiety and depression. She has several years of experience treating social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety, panic disorder, agoraphobia, stress, depression, and misophonia. Dr. Lopez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Undergraduate Psychology at Alliant International University, where she teaches college courses and mentors students. She co-founded the Misophonia Institute and serves as treasurer.

Continuing Education credit for this program is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions:

Social Workers: CES, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CES maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/5/15 through 10/5/18. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 6.0 clinical continuing education clock hours.

Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to grant continuing education credit for LPCs/LMHCs in the following states: AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. LPCs/LMHCs completing the program will receive 6.0 continuing education hours of credit.

Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education credit programs. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists receive 6.0 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.

Marriage and Family Therapists: Continuing education credit for Marriage & Family Therapists is awarded in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, ME, MD, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. Marriage and Family therapists completing this program will receive 6.0 CE hours of credit.

Grievance Policy

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to CES, 1020 Osterville West Barnstable Rd, Marstons Mills, MA 02648. Grievances will initially be directed to the training instructor. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. If you have questions or concerns, contact Commonwealth Educational Seminars at (800) 376-3345.

Accommodations for the Differently Abled

Commonwealth Educational Seminars’ training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact: Tom Dozier at 925-322-5100.