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Mastering DSM-5, Changes, Controversies, and Parts Unknown
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When: October 18, 2015
10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Where: The Silberman School of Social Work
2180 Third Ave (119th st)
NY, New York  10035
United States
Presenter: Jerome C. Wakefield, PhD, DSW, LCSW

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6 hours of continuing education

Please note: In order to receive any CE credit you must arrive on time and stay for the entire workshop.


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.



Jerome C. Wakefield, PhD, DSW, LCSW, is Professor of Social Work and Professor of Psychiatry at New York University. Dr. Wakefield's recent research has focused on the relationship between depression and grief, and the validity of psychiatric diagnosis. His work has been featured in many media outlets, including NPR, The New York Times, and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Dr. Wakefield has co-authored "The Loss of Sadness: How Psychiatry Transformed Normal Sorrow into Depressive Disorder" (Oxford 2007), named best psychology book of 2007 by the Association of Scholarly Publishers, and "All We Have to Fear: How Psychiatry Transforms Natural Fear into Mental Disorder" (Oxford 2012). He is currently completing a book on Freud's case history of Little Hans, to be published by Routledge.

 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.



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