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DSM V for Social Workers

Level:           Core/Advanced Practice – (Lineworker, Supervisor, Manager)

Credits:        6 hours

Intended Audience:  The intended audience includes bachelors and masters level line workers, supervisors and managers who desire a better understanding of the DSM V.

Description of Course: The course will address the changes from the DSM IV-TR to the DSM V and will utilize modalities such as video examples, social media examples, and news headlines. This course will offer practical interventions for a CPS social worker when dealing with clients with mental health issues and identified symptoms of mental health.

Intended Learning Objectives:

  • Increase comfort and understanding of the DSM V diagnostic model
  • Identify the benefits of using the DSM V and a common language to describe a client’s symptoms and/or diagnosis amongst our colleagues, court and service providers
  • Increase familiarity with common diagnosis’ seen in clients in the child welfare arena including but not limited to:

– PTSD & Anxiety Disorders

– ADHD & Impulse Control Disorders

– RAD vs Attachment Disorder

– ODD & CD

– Adjustment Disorders

– Substance Abuse Related Disorders (SPICE & more)

– Bi-Polar I vs II

– Schizophrenia

– Personality Disorders

– Spectrums

– ICD & Insurance

– Autism, Asperger’s & PDD

  • Increase knowledge of current therapeutic treatment planning (initial and ongoing) Katie A lawsuit compliance
  • Describe how to communicate with therapists about a client’s diagnosis, treatment plan and outcomes

Topics Include:

  • The impact of the DSM V and how it affects CPS, Insurance, the Client and Court.
  • The changes made to the DSM V and how to use the DSM effectively.
  • The ethics of diagnosing and the liability attached.
  • The DSM V & Court ~ The intersection of facts, guides, and evidence
  • How to interpret diagnosis’ and understand the impacts of client history and a bio-psychosocial as it relates to inaccurate client diagnosis and accurate client diagnosis
  • Understanding “snapshot” diagnosing
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