course »Utilizing the DSM 5 in Social Work and Mental Health Practices

, 9:00 am—4:00 pm
County: Alameda County
CEUs: 6
Location: Berkeley
Sponsor: A Better Way, Inc.
Phone: 510-601-0203
The Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 5) was released in May 2013. This course provides an overview of the DSM 5 with attention to the revised organizational structure and changes from the DSM IV including new diagnoses. This information is critical for child welfare workers in understanding the mental health issues of the children and families they provide services to. 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.