ICD-11 Diagnostic Guidelines for Mental, Behavioural or Neurodevelopmental Disorders:
An Online Comprehensive Course

8 November – 29 November, 2021 (four weekly sessions)

Sponsored by the World Psychiatric Association and the Global Mental Health Academy

Course Directors: Prof. Geoffrey M. Reed and Prof. Wolfgang Gaebel


The ICD-11 was approved by the World Health Assembly in May 2019. WHO Member States around the world are actively beginning the initial stages of implementation of ICD-11 for health reporting and statistical purposes. The ICD-11 will be implemented in clinical systems around the world over the next few years. The new ICD-11 Clinical Descriptions and Diagnostic Guidelines (CDDG) for ICD-11 Mental, Behavioural or Neurodevelopmental Disorders, developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) Department of Mental Health and Substance Use, is built on more than three decades of advances in research and practice since the publication of the ICD-10. The purpose of the ICD-11 CDDG is to guide implementation of the classification in clinical settings by psychiatrists and other relevant mental health professionals

This 4-week live online course will provide an overview of the key principles of the WHO’s ICD-11 and in-depth knowledge about the ICD-11 CDDG. The training faculty for the course are renowned global experts who have been deeply involved for more than a decade in leading the development, testing, and implementation of the ICD-11 classification of Mental, Behavioural or Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Unlike other workshops, this course will emphasize active participation through application of the new guidelines to clinical cases and discussion of diagnostic dilemmas. Our faculty initiated this training methodology in 2016 for ICD-11 field studies conducted by International Field Study Centres around the world. This methodology produced very high reliability and clinical utility for the ICD-11, outperforming the ICD-10.

The course will cover the areas of highest disease burden and service utilization in adult psychiatry, as well as those with the greatest innovations and changes in the ICD-11. The course is highly relevant to the assessment of psychopathology and the diagnosis of mental and behavioural disorders in clinical practice. Regardless of the diagnostic system currently in use in their countries for health reporting and statistics, psychiatrists and other health professionals will benefit from learning and applying these ground-breaking new diagnostic guidelines in their research and practice.

For more information about the course and the training faculty, please refer to the complete course flyer.


Session 1 – Monday, 8 November 2021 14:00-18:00 Central European Time
(This session will be 30 minutes longer than the others)

    • Introduction to the Training Course and Overview of Innovations and Changes in ICD-11
      Professor Geoffrey M. Reed (USA/Mexico)
    • Schizophrenia or Other Primary Psychotic Disorders
      Professor Wolfgang Gaebel (Germany)
    • Disorders Specifically Associated with Stress
      Professor Marylene Cloitre (USA)

Session 2 – Monday, 15 November 2021 14:00-17:30 Central European Time

    • Mood Disorders
      Professor Mario Maj (Italy)
    • Anxiety and Fear-Related Disorders & Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
      Professor Cary S. Kogan (Canada)

Session 3 – Monday, 22 November 2021 14:00-17:30 Central European Time

    • Dissociative Disorders and Bodily Distress Disorder
      Professor Oye Gureje (Nigeria)
    • Personality Disorders
      Professor Michaela Swales (UK)

Session 4 – Monday, 29 November 12:00 – 15:30 Central European Time
(Note: Different time for this session.)

    • Disorders Due to Substance Use
      Professor John B. Saunders (Australia)
    • Disorders Due to Addictive Behaviours & Compulsive Sexual Behaviour Disorder
      Professor Naomi A. Fineberg (UK)

A Certificate of Attendance will be provided by the World Psychiatric Association.


This offering of the Course is open to fully qualified psychiatrists and, space permitting, to psychiatry residents and other health professionals who provide services to individuals with mental, behavioural, or neurodevelopmental disorders. To apply for participation in the Course, please complete the application form, including a 150-word Curriculum Vitae.

Applications should be received no later than 30 September 2021.
Notification of the acceptance of each application will be provided by 15 October 2021.
After acceptance into the Course, you will be asked to pay the registration fee (instructions to be provided) by 31 October 2021 in order to reserve your space.

The registration fee for the Course (including participation in all four sessions) is as follows, with a sliding scale based on the World Bank classification of country income.

$150 US dollars high-income countries
$100 US dollars upper middle-income countries
$75 US dollars lower middle-income countries
$50 US dollars low-income countries

The Course is expected to be fully subscribed, so early application is advised.

For additional information, please contact Haley Brown, Course Administrator, at gmhaicd11@gmail.com.

We look forward to welcoming you.