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DSM-5 Learning Companion for Counselors

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About the Course

This course provides a practical, straightforward, and readable summary of changes from the previous edition of the DSM by focusing on clinical utility and counselor practice implications. Another focus of the authors is to ensure readers understand what these changes mean to them and how they can be applied in day to day practice. In order to enhance efficiency, course materials highlight the changes that relate to disorders counselors most commonly treat. Emerging diagnostic trends, developmental considerations, the diagnostic interview, updated coding processes, the diagnostic interview, and culturally informed assessment are also presented. Overall, the material provided in this course is a highly readable and timely resource to clinical practice.

This course is based on the book, DSM-5 Learning Companion for Counselors created by Stephanie F. Dailey, Ed.D, Carman S. Gill, PhD., Shannon L. Karl, PhD., and Casey A. Barrio Minton, PhD. in 2014.


American Counseling Association

Publication Date:

2014, Second Edition

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Stephanie F. Dailey, Ed.D

Dr. Dailey is an assistant professor of counseling at Argosy University in Washington, DC.

Carman S. Gill, PhD.

Dr. Gill is an associate professor and chair of the counselor education program at Argosy University, Washington, DC.

Shannon L. Karl, PhD.

Dr. Karl is an associate professor with the Center for Psychological Studies at Nova Southeastern University

Casey A. Barrio Minton, PhD.

Dr. Barrio Minton is an associate professor and counseling program coordinator at the University of North Texas.

Course Creator

Keith Gibson, Ph.D.

Dr. Gibson is a Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years in research, clinical and consulting practice. He has also held leadership roles in research administration and program evaluation and more recently has specialized in program evaluation and system analysis. He draws upon his years of expertise as a practicing psychologist, administrator, researcher and technologist to help universities evaluate their programs to implement, meet, and maintain CACREP standards.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about changes contained in the most recent version of the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). It is appropriate for all levels of participants' knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify the goals of the DSM-5 revision process as well as the structural modifications accompanying that process in order to apply them to day to day clinical practice.
  2. Identify DSM-5 changes and implications involving mood, anxiety, and stressor-related concerns.
  3. Identify DSM-5 changes and implications involving addictive, impulse-control, and specific behavior-related concerns.
  4. Identify DSM-5 changes and implications involving diagnoses commonly made by other professionals.
  5. Identify future trends regarding additional changes and their practice implications for counselors.

Disclosure to Learners

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

CE Learning Systems adheres to the ACCME's Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CE activity – including faculty, planners, reviewers, or others ― are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (formerly known as commercial interests).

The following relevant financial relationships have been disclosed by this activity's planners, faculty, and the reviewer:

Planners and Reviewers

The planners of this activity have reported that they have no relevant financial relationships.

Commercial support

There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

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