The DSM 5: Overview and Issues in Social Work and Mental Health Practice

The Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V) was released in May 2013. This course provides an overview of the DSM V with attention to the revised organizational structure and changes from the DSM IV including new diagnoses.
The potential causes of mental illness are reviewed and a brief history of the DSM since it was first published in 1952 is provided. The course also discusses controversies in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders including the rising prevalence of mental illness, the use of psychotropic medications, and issues regarding the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents

The DSM V is reviewed with new categories discussed including Neurodevelopmental Disorders (i.e. Autism and ADHD) and Neurocognitive Disorders (i.e formerly Delirium and Dementia). The new sections for Bipolar Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders are reviewed. New diagnoses are explained including Disruptive Mood Dysregulation, Binge Eating, Hoarding and Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorders. Changes to Schizophrenia, Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders, Personality Disorders, and Conduct Disorder (Callous and Unemotional Specifier) are also reviewed.

Course Objectives
1. To understand the organizational structure, substantive changes, and new diagnoses in the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V).

2. To understand the history of the DSM and how it has evolved over time.

3. To review the principle theories regarding the origins of mental illness and how it has impacted mental health treatment.

4. To review current controversies in mental health including the prevalence of mental illness, increased use of psychotropic medications, and diagnoses and treatment of children and adolescence.

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Location: Oakland

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

CEUs Available (3)