Psychology: A Clinician's Guide to DSM-5, 2nd Edition

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About Course

Release Date: October 11, 2018
Expiration Date: October 11, 2023

This intermediate-level course provides clinicians with the most essential information about the manual in a single, easy-to-use source. The course describes the history of the DSM and the development process used in creating the diagnostic system's new structure. Newly added and classified disorders, removed or reclassified disorders, and any modified diagnostic criteria for those disorders retained in DSM-5 are detailed. The course addresses the controversies and criticisms that arose with the publication of DSM-5. Clinical vignettes highlight diagnosis criteria and quick reference lists and charts included in the course are an indispensable resource for those clinicians ready to use DSM-5.

Social Workers completing this course receive 3 clinical social work continuing education credits.

Psychologists will receive 3 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. 

Course Objectives

  • Describe the history of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).
  • Explain the structure and organization of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM-5).
  • Recognize current psychiatric diagnoses within each diagnostic category of DSM-5, including new diagnoses and diagnoses that were recategorized or renamed or were modified from the previous edition.
  • List psychiatric disorders and their criteria that have been recommended for further study by the DSM-5.
  • Describe DSM-5 controversies and criticisms and proposed alternate diagnostic systems.

About the Author

Edward A. Selby, PhD, is the director of clinical training and an associate professor in the clinical psychology program at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Selby has sought, through extensive research and clinical experience, to improve the understanding and treatment of psychopathology. He has written more than 70 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters, many of which examine various forms of psychopathology, including personality disorders and eating disorders. Much of his work is aimed at understanding the emotional experiences that precede the onset of maladaptive behaviors, such as nonsuicidal self-injury and binge-eating episodes, as well as the negative emotional and social consequences that result from such behavior.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Elite Healthcare ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Elite Healthcare's policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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