Full course description
Children, youth and families involved in youth services, child welfare, and juvenile justice often have significant mental health issues. It is important for us to understand their DSM 5 diagnosis in order to work with them effectively. This course provides an overview of mental health issues impacting system involved children, youth, and families including trauma related disorders, depressive disorders, psychotic disorders, neurodevelopmental (childhood) disorders, behavior disorders, and anxiety disorders. Social justice issues will be discussed including the overdiagnosis of schizophrenia in African Americans and behavior disorders in youth of color instead of the underlying issues of trauma and depression
A history of The DSM is provided with a focus on the evolution and accuracy of mental disorders. Specific diagnosis covered include posttraumatic stress disorder, major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, intellectual disability, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, oppositional defiance, and conduct disorder. New DSM 5 diagnoses reviewed include persistent depressive disorder, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, disinhibited social engagement disorder, hoarding disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Participants will discuss client mental health issues in working with their client populations.
This course includes information on diagnosis that is helpful for clinical associates and interns preparing for their licensing exams.
Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW