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  • Psychology
  • Social Work
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Edward A. Selby, PhD
Peer Reviewer(s): Elizabeth B. Russell, PhD
Item#: B4281
Contents: 1 Course Book (64 pages)

A Clinician's Guide to DSM-5, 2nd Edition

Price $29.95
Item # B4281
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: October 11, 2018

Expiration Date: October 11, 2021

This intermediate-level course provides clinicians with the most essential information about the manual in a single, easy-to-use source. The course describes the history of the DSM and the development process used in creating the diagnostic system’s new structure. Newly added and classified disorders, removed or reclassified disorders, and any modified diagnostic criteria for those disorders retained in DSM-5 are detailed. The course addresses the controversies and criticisms that arose with the publication of DSM-5. Clinical vignettes highlight diagnosis criteria and quick reference lists and charts included in the course are an indispensable resource for those clinicians ready to use DSM-5.


  • Social Workers participating in this course will receive 3 (clinical) continuing education clock hours upon successful course completion. Accreditations
  • Psychologists will receive 3 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. APA Approval

Course Objectives

  • Describe the history of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).
  • Explain the structure and organization of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM-5).
  • Recognize current psychiatric diagnoses within each diagnostic category of DSM-5, including new diagnoses and diagnoses that were recategorized or renamed or were modified from the previous edition.
  • List psychiatric disorders and their criteria that have been recommended for further study by the DSM-5.
  • Describe DSM-5 controversies and criticisms and proposed alternate diagnostic systems.

Edward A. Selby, PhD, is the director of clinical training and an associate professor in the clinical psy­chology program at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Selby has sought, through extensive research and clinical experience, to improve the understanding and treatment of psychopathol­ogy. He has written more than 70 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters, many of which examine various forms of psychopathology, including personality disorders and eating disorders. Much of his work is aimed at understanding the emotional experiences that precede the onset of maladaptive behaviors, such as nonsuicidal self-injury and binge-eating episodes, as well as the negative emotional and social consequences that result from such behavior. He and his colleagues have also been investiga­tors of and proponents for the inclusion of a nonsuicidal self-injury disorder in a future version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Dr. Selby’s research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He was designated as a “Rising Star” by the Association for Psychological Science in 2015. Dr. Selby has been extensively trained in cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and mindfulness-based interventions. At Rutgers, Dr. Selby regularly teaches graduate-level and undergraduate-level courses on psychopathology and diagnostic assessment.

Elizabeth B. Russell, PhD, is an assistant professor of social work at the College of Brockport. Prior to her appointment at Brockport, she was a tenured associate professor at Nazareth College and the Greater Rochester Collaborative Master of Social Work Program. Dr. Russell teaches practice, psychopathology, research, and policy classes, as well as electives in sexual health, creativity in social work, evidence-based practice, and addictions. She is a licensed clinical social worker in New York State and maintains a small private practice working with adults. Dr. Russell has contributed to several books, written peer-reviewed articles, and presented her research both nationally and internationally. Her current research foci include women and low sexual desire, cultural humility in social work graduate programs, and sexual health in professional social work practice. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Counseling from the University of Rochester.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.