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Cl# SW775H The DSM 5 and Mental Health Issues in Working with Children, Youth and Families 6 CEUs
Instructor Paul Gibson, LCSW
Thursday, August 12, 2021 9 AM – 4 PM
On Line Via Zoom
Licensed Clinicians. This course provides extensive information in understanding and developing accurate mental health diagnoses with youth and adults.
Clinical Associates. This course includes extensive information on mental health diagnoses that will assist you with your licensing exam.
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the DSM 5 and mental health issues in working with youth and families. The history of the DSM and theories on the origins of mental illness are reviewed including genetics, biochemical imbalance, and the environment. Controversies in mental health services are discussed including the verification of mental disorders, the over diagnosis and medication of people in our society, the harmful influence of the pharmaceutical industry, the effectiveness of antidepressants, the overuse of antipsychotic medications with low income youth, the false epidemic of bipolar disorder in youth, the misdiagnosis of schizophrenia in African Americans, and the over diagnosis of youth of color with behavior disorders.
The organizational structure and changes in the DSM 5 are reviewed. New sections of the DSM 5 discussed include the Neurodevelopmental Disorders; Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders; Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders, and Neurocognitive Disorders. New diagnoses reviewed include Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Hoarding Disorder, and Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder. Revised diagnoses include Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Schizophrenia, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and Substance Use Disorder. The use of the DSM 5 for youth and family service providers will be discussed with a focus on improving mental health services for children, youth and families.