DSM-5 – Friend or Foe?

This course provides an extensive review of the DSM-5 and details how it is different from the DSM-IV. The program describes the new diagnostic categories and discusses their potential impact on clinical work. It also reviews the intense criticism of the DSM-5, including its decision-making process and concerns with its applicability, validity, and whether some of the untested diagnoses have, in fact, turned everyday life problems into mental disorders.

The course also addresses such questions as: What is the impact of DSM-5 on clinical practice? Will there be a loss of insurance reimbursements or funding for certain disorders? And can we expect insurance companies to pay for the treatment of additional diagnoses?

Target audience:  Psychologists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, addiction counselors, nurses

This CE course is designated as intermediate.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this program, you should be able to:

  • Describe the development of the DSM-5.
  • Discuss the changed organization of the revised manual.
  • Identify the rationale and the resulting changes of disorders between the DSM-IV-TR and the DSM-5.
  • Evaluate some of the controversies surrounding the revised manual.
  • Explain the concerns about the changes of specific diagnoses.
  • Discuss questions related to the implementation of the DSM-5.
  • Print Version / Test Preview
  • Part I: Introduction and History
  • Part II: Highlights of Changes from the DSM-IV-TR to the DSM-5
  • Part III: Controversies
  • Part IV: Summary & Conclusions
  • Part V: References & Resources
  • Evaluation

Birgit Wolz, PhD, MFT, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Loch Lomond, Lake County, CA. She worked with a variety of therapeutic modalities for many years before she developed an innovative systematic methodology of using movies as an adjunct to traditional therapeutic methods. Birgit teaches the therapeutic use of movies to mental health practitioners and graduate students.

She also facilitates Cinema Alchemy groups as well as workshops in the US, Asia, and Europe. Wolz has published numerous articles on this subject. She also writes a column featuring therapeutically oriented movie reviews for The Therapist.

Many therapists have used her book E-Motion Picture Magic: A Movie Lover's Guide to Healing and Transformation to educate themselves about Cinema Therapy and as a workbook with their clients.

APA approved, Yo! At Health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. At Health maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

At Health is an approved provider of the California Board of Behavior Sciences (PCE 3319). These courses meet the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

At Health is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (CA BRN), Provider # CEP 15512.

California Licensed Vocational Nurses and California Psychiatric Technicians can take online courses by California Board of Registered Nursing (CA BRN) approved providers, such as At Health, to fulfill their CE requirements.

NBCC approved, Yo! At Health, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6719. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  At Health, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Programs are available for continuing education credit for social workers through the co-sponsorship of At Health, Inc., and Amedco, LLC.  Amedco, #1346, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Amedco maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 6/24/2016 to 6/24/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. The following recognize the ASWB program: AB, AK, AL, AR, AZ, BC, CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NH, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA (PA requires that courses be at least 2 credits), RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, and WY.  Participants must pass a posttest with a score of 80% or higher and complete an attendance/evaluation form in order to receive a certificate of completion/attendance.

Athealth.com is an approved provider of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, provider #908.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social work in Arkansas.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, master's level psychologists, licensed clinical psychotherapists, and alcohol and other drug abuse counselors in Kansas.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for mental health practice and for social work in Nebraska.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for psychologists, pastoral psychotherapists, clinical social workers, clinical mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and alcohol and drug abuse counselors in New Hampshire.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social workers, professional counselors, marital and family therapists, and clinical pastoral therapists in Tennessee.

NAADAC_logoAthealth.com is approved as a continuing education provider by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Provider #148460 (Exp. August 1, 2017).

The above CE sponsorships are honored by many additional state boards of social work, marriage and family therapy, and licensed professional counseling. Some restrictions may apply. Check with your state board or certifying organization to find out if online courses or home study are accepted as part of your continuing education requirement for license renewal or re-certification, or call At Health at 888-284-3258 for information regarding CE approvals.

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