Understanding the DSM-5 and the ICD: What Psychologists Need to Know

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CE Credit: 3

Length: 3 hours

Exam Items: 5

Disclaimer: DSM and DSM 5 are registered trademarks of the American Psychiatric Association. The American Psychiatric Association is not affiliated with nor endorses this seminar. 


With the upcoming release of the DSM-5, psychologists need information about the proposed changes in the new manual. This three-hour workshop will provide an overview of the DSM-5 proposed revisions, including its development process, changes to the organizational structure, and major revisions to existing diagnoses, as well as the introduction of new disorders. This workshop will also inform participants about the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), its designation as HIPAA’s official code book for diagnosing mental disorders, and its relationship to DSM-5, as well as its overall implications for psychological practice. Original webcast date: Mar. 29, 2013.

Learning Objective 1
Identify at least three proposed revisions to the DSM-5’s organization structure and to new and existing disorders.

Learning Objective 2
Describe the ICD and discuss its relationship to the DSM-5 in classifying mental disorders.

Learning Objective 3
Discuss at least two implications of the DSM-5 and ICD in the practice of psychology.

Presenter: K. Dayle Jones, PhD

Dr. Jones is an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of the Mental Health Counseling program at the University of Central Florida, where she teaches course on assessment and diagnosis of mental disorders. Dr. Jones is a member of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Advisory Group for the revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) section on Mental and Behavioural Disorders. She chaired the American Counseling Association’s “DSM-5 Proposed Revisions Task Force” and was column editor for Counseling Today’s “Inside the DSM-5” series. She has written numerous articles about DSM-5 and ICD for publications in psychiatry, psychology and counseling, as well made many professional presentations at conferences of the American Psychological Association, American Counseling Association, and other international, national, regional, and state conferences. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, she has clinical experience in mental health agencies, schools, and private practice.

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