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Mastering DSM-5: Diagnosing Disorders in Children, Adolescents, and Adults

Author: George B. Haarman, Psy.D., LMFT
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Course Created: 2015

Practice Level: Intermediate

Book Required Duration: 8 hours
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Course Summary

With the publication of the DSM-5 in May 2013, the new standard for the diagnosis of Psychological and Emotional Disorder has been established. Some disorders are eliminated completely; others are reclassified; and some are subsumed under other disorders. New classifications are also established to clarify appropriate diagnostic criteria and allow for more effective treatment planning. Many of these have generated considerable controversy and debate among healthcare professionals, even before the manual’s release. Other disorders have undergone minor changes in order to reflect the current thinking and new research available. It’s imperative that all mental health professionals update their understanding of the APA’s new edition of the DSM to effectively identify, diagnose, and classify behavioral and mental health issues in individuals.

Course Format

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Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the history of the DSM
  • Describe the controversies generated by the DSM-5
  • Explain the use of cross-cutting assessments
  • List changes from the DSM-IV-TR to the DSM-5
  • Discuss the conditions for further studies listed in the DSM-5
  • Analyze the proposed diagnoses for further study

Course Syllabus

  • The History of the DSM-5
  • Controversies
  • DSM-5 Philosophy, Cultural Considerations, and Cross-Cutting Assessments
  • Major Differences Between DSM-IV-TR and DSM-5
  • Conditions for Further Study
  • Chapter by Chapter Highlights of Changes between the DSM-IV-TR and DSM-5
  • Case Studies and Diagnostic Drills

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