The Center for Professional Development

DSM-5: What Clinicians Need to Know

PLEASE NOTE: This training is currently closed to further enrollment; please contact for waitlist consideration

Sunday, January 25, 2015
5 CEUs and/or 5 Act 48 credits

The ability to utilize the DSM has become a standard competency in clinical social work practice. In May of 2013 the American Psychiatric Association published the DSM-5. This has been the most significant update to the text in years. This course offers a thorough introduction and overview of the changes that have been made to the text since DSM-IV-TR was published. Participants learn the process of making a differential diagnosis using the DSM 5, and are instructed in the use of the DSM-5 as a resource for the assessment and treatment of clients.  Discussion includes the use of the text as a reference for social work intervention when working as part of interdisciplinary teams.  Specific attention will be paid to the challenges that the DSM-5 continues to present when paired with the values of the profession. Upon completion of this workshop, participants: 1) have improved their level of competency when utilizing the DSM-5 in clinical practice; 2) have increased their knowledge base with regard to the specifics of the range and classification of disorders listed in the DSM-5; and 3) are familiar with the limits of the DSM-5, in particular with regard to the text's continued assumption of universal applicability.

David B. Landsman-Wohlsifer, PhD, LCSW, Diplomate and Certified member of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy,  is co-founder of The Boca Raton Center for Psychotherapy in Boca Raton, FL, and is an adjunct faculty member in Florida Atlantic University's MSW program. He was formerly an adjunct faculty member at Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy.