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Understanding the DSM-5 and the ICD: What Every Practitioner Needs to Know

CE Credit: 4

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Length: 4 hours

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) has undergone substantial revision across its sixty years of evolution, with the latest version (DSM-5) continuing that tradition in substantial ways. The discontinuation of the multi-axial system, the addition and deletion of specific disorders, the regrouping and reclassification of familiar disorders, and significant changes in the names, nature and criteria associated with various disorders all mark the fifth edition of the DSM as a substantial, and controversial, revision of the diagnostic system. These and many other changes are described and discussed in relation to other critical, conceptual shifts in the DSM.  Participants will also gain experience in utilizing some new inclusions in the DSM-5 including the new cross-cutting diagnostic dimensions which offer considerable clinical utility.

Learning Objective 1
Identify at least ten (10) key changes in the DSM-5.

Learning Objective 2
Describe the significant conceptual changes associated with the revisions in the manual.

Learning Objective 3
Discuss at least three significant controversies generated  by the most recent revision of the DSM.

Learning Objective 4
Identify at least three novel inclusions in the new “Section 3” of the DSM-5, “Emerging Methods and Models.” 

Presenter: Greg J. Neimeyer

Dr. Greg J. Neimeyer is professor of psychology in the department of psychology at the University of Florida, where he has served both as Director of Clinical Training and as Graduate Coordinator.  Dr. Neimeyer teaches the DSM course in the doctoral program at the University of Florida and completed the DSM-5 “Training the Trainers” course at the invitation of the American Psychiatric Association.  His forthcoming review of the DSM-5 will appear in the American Psychological Association’s review journal, PsyCRitiques. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, he is also a recipient of its Award for Outstanding Contributions to Career and Personality Research.  A former Chair of the Executive Board of the Council of Counseling Psychologists in the United States, Dr. Neimeyer has also been elected as a Fellow to the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars and currently directs the Office of Continuing Education in Psychology at the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C.


Supplementary Materials

  • Slide handout
  • DSM-5 Table of Contents
  • Insurance Implications
  • JAMA Article
  • Cross-Cutting Symptoms
  • PID-5-BF
  • Psychosis Severity Scale