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Mastering DSM-5, Changes, Controversies, and Parts Unknown (Full)
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When: February 7, 2015
10am- 5pm
Where: NYU Cantor Film Center
36 East 8th Street
Theater 200
New York, NY  10003

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NASW New York City Chapter is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0027 This workshop has been approved.


Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 10 am - 5 pm
Presenter: Jerome C. Wakefield, PhD, DSW, LCSW
NASW Member rate - $120
Non-Member Rate - $200

DSM-5 is here to stay, and the ICD-10 coding transition that is supported by DSM-5 is coming in October 2015. Now is the time to master the DSM-5 changes in diagnostic categories and criteria, and understand their rationale and the controversies they are still triggering.


Why master the DSM-5?

  • The DSM-5 is now considered the "state of the art" in clinical diagnosis
  • Later this year, all insurance reimbursement and medical record keeping will switch to new ICD-10 coding, which is provided in DSM-5
  • Evidenced-Based Practice research is increasingly based on the DSM-5 criteria
  • Multidisciplinary Team Communication and Case Consultation increasingly assumes knowledge of the DSM-5 changes
  • Most institutions (e.g. Veteran's Administration) have switched to the DSM-5 as the official diagnostic language
  • MEDICARE officially accepts DSM-5 Diagnoses and Criteria, and other insurers have already switched or will soon follow
  • The new DSM-5 Categories and lowered thresholds for diagnosis open up new patient populations for reimbursable interventions
  • The changes raise provocative questions about how to understand and help one's clients


This DSM-5 workshop will offer in-depth coverage of selected topics, emphasizing those common to social work practice, those with social and legal implications, and those remaining particularly controversial. Wherever relevant, we will fill in the "back story" explaining how the change came about. This workshop will provide additional in-depth coverage of some areas not covered as fully in previous workshops, such as PTSD, substance use disorders, ADHD, and sexual dysfunctions. Recent research results that can inform diagnosis and practice will be emphasized.


*Please note that the last day for refunds is Wednesday, February 4, 2015.

There will be a $20 administrative fee for all refunds.

There are no refunds after February 4, 2015.

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