The Center for Professional Development

DSM-IV-TR: Diagnosis and Assessment

Saturday, February 2, 2013
12:30-5:30pm - 5 CEUs - 5 Act 48 - $110

NOTE: Since the DSM 5 is not yet published, this course is taught using DSM-IV material, which will be applicable to the DSM 5 on many levels. Once DSM 5 is published, this course will be updated to include new and adapted standards..

The ability to utilize the DSM IV-TR has become a standard competency in clinical social work practice. This course will offer a thorough introduction and overview of the process of making a differential diagnosis using the DSM IV-TR.  Participants will be instructed on how to utilize the DSM-IV-TR as a resource for the assessment and treatment of clients.  Discussion will include 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 the DSM-IV –TR presents when paired with the values of the profession.  At the close of this workshop participants will: 1) have improved their level of competency when utilizing the DSM-IV-TR 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-IV-TR; and 3) be familiar with the limits of the DSM-IV-R, in particular with regard to the text's assumption of universal applicability.

David B. Landsman-Wohlsifer, PhD, LCSW, is Diplomate and Certified member of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He is in private practice in Bala Cynwyd, and is an adjunct faculty member at Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice.