Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to...

  • 1. Describe major changes from DSM-IV-TR to DSM-5 including new diagnoses

  • 2. Utilize diagnostic specifiers and other-specified/unspecified diagnoses added with the DSM-5 (replacing NOS disorders)

  • 3. Identify Other Conditions That May Be a Focus of Clinical Attention (i.e., v-codes, z-codes)

Course Outline

  • 1


    • Welcome Message from Dr. Brewer

    • Course Instruction Video

    • Course Description and Objectives

    • Presentation Handout

  • 2


    • Course Resources

    • DSM-5 Resources

  • 3

    Course Video & Materials

    • Quick Note

    • DSM-5 Review: Changes & Overview (Recorded Webinar)

    • DSM-5 Assessment Measures Outline (handout)

    • Course References

  • 4


    • Evaluation

    • Post-Test

Course Description

Diagnostic labels have been a point of contention for many clinicians and a point of controversy, as the decision to diagnose or not relates to reimbursement.  A more useful way to view diagnoses, is to recognize the value a diagnosis can have in the treatment process.  The DSM-5 offers many tools to aid in the diagnostic process including specifiers, new diagnoses, revised diagnostic criteria, and the underutilized v-codes.  

Facilitator:  Kathryn Brewer, PhD, LPC, LCPC 

Dr. Brewer is a licensed professional counselor in Missouri and a licensed clinical professional counselor in Kansas.  She has earned a PhD in psychology, a Master's degree in professional mental health counseling, and a Master's certificate in healthcare leadership and management. Dr. Brewer is also a national certified counselor, certified clinical trauma professional, certified first responder counselor, board certified telemental health provider, licensure supervisor for professional counselors in Missouri, and a board approved clinical supervisor for professional counselors in Kansas.  

Learning Level: Basic 

Target Audience: This course is designed for professional counselors, school counselors, social workers, marital and family therapists, psychologists, addiction counselors, case managers, nurses, and other health care professionals. 

Continuing Education: To obtain the certificate of completion for the 1.5 hours associated with this course, the participant will need to complete the online course and earn a passing score of 75% on the post-test. 

Each course offered designates the number of clock hours.  Be sure to check with your professional board as they will specify how many CE/CEU hours are equal to one clock hour (e.g., 1 CE = 50 minutes, 1 CE = 60 minutes).  

This course is approved by the Missouri State Committee for Social Workers for 1.5 hours of continuing education.

The content of this course may meet requirements for continuing education for most national, state, and local licensing boards and professional organizations.  Many boards and professional organizations will accept continuing education that is relevant to each profession (i.e., for professional counselors content must be primarily related to counseling, for psychologists content must be mostly psychological, and so on) and/or that has been approved by another professional association in the human services field.  Be sure to print the course description and submit with your certificate of attendance to your professional board for consideration.  For rules governing continuing education and to confirm whether this course qualifies for continuing education, participants should contact their respective regulatory boards.  Participants may also contact IPA and we will do our best to answer your questions.

Registration:  Registration for online courses is available on our website.  For manual registration or payment by check, please contact IPA.