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The DSM-5® for Clinicians: Accurate Diagnosis and Effective Treatment Planning

Credit Available - See CEUs tab below.

Assessment |  DSM-5 |  Professional Development
Brooks W. Baer
5 Hours 57 Minutes
Audio and Video
Original Program Date :
Jul 20, 2017
Media Type:
Online Learning


  • Understand the rationale behind the ICD-10 format
  • Understand the NOS replacement
  • Recognize the implicit bias found in the DSM-5 and how it impacts treatment
  • Sharpen your diagnostic skills
  • Discover how the DSM writes your treatment plan for you
  • Design your own replacement for the 5-Axis system
  • Learn how the new PTSD criteria apply to us as providers
  • Develop an understanding of the new childhood disorders

The DSM® is possibly the most underutilized tool in mental health. Many clinicians see it as a necessary evil that must be learned in order to bill for services. However, the DSM-5® can be an extremely valuable tool that helps you sharpen your diagnostic skills while bringing clarity and definition to your treatment plans.

This seminar will teach you how to use your DSM® in a way that maximizes your ability to bring healing and growth to your patients. We will discuss the rationale behind all of the major changes, cover the new disorders in detail, and develop a solid clinical understanding of how to address all previously established disorders. This seminar goes beyond simply reviewing lists of symptoms; it explains why the symptoms are on the list and what can be done to help resolve each symptom. Explore the etiology of the disorders and learn to recognize which disorders are caused by nature, which are caused by nurture, and which are caused by adverse life events.

This seminar will help you stand apart from the crowd, as you learn to think about mental disorders in a new way. You will come to understand that mental illnesses are the result of coping and adaptation strategies that have too much intensity. Our job is to find ways to turn that intensity down, so our patients can reach their maximum potential. This recording is guaranteed to increase your understanding of mental illness and equip you to be a more effective therapist.


General Credits

This course is available for 6.0 total CPDs. 

The HPCSA has declared that any on-line courses CPD/CEU credited by a certified US board, is automatically CPD/CEU credited in South Africa.

As there are different boards for different disciplines, we at Acacia suggest that you use the Counselling CPD/CEU credits. These correspond to South African credits of one CPD/CEU per 60 minutes. If you choose to use your discipline's credits, please do so at your discretion.

Florida Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Provider Number 50-399. This self-study course qualifies for 6.25 continuing education credits. 



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Brooks W. Baer, MA, LCPC, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has been involved in the mental health field for over 25 years. He has well over 20,000 therapy hours and has conducted over 5,000 diagnostic interviews in emergency department settings. Brooks has been a student of CBT for the past 20 years and has logged thousands of hours with a wide variety of patient populations. He has successfully used these principles in hundreds of cases and understands the real world application of this effective treatment modality. You will benefit from his technical understanding of these theories as well as his clinical expertise. 

Since 2006, Brooks has taught seminars to more than 8,000 mental health professionals across the country. He currently splits his time between an Emergency Crisis Response team and teaching. Brooks brings you the latest research regarding both therapy and neuroscience; using his extensive clinical experience, he's able to translate that information into useful principles that can be used every day.
He encourages questions and discussion in order to insure that those who attend his seminars obtain the information they need to be more effective in their various roles. Brooks' use of humor, relevant examples and his ability to elicit lively audience interaction helps make a tough subject "Fun" ... the day will "Fly".

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Brooks Baer is in private practice. He receives compensation as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Great Falls. Mr. Baer receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Brooks Baer has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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Additional Resources

To order the book, Diagnosis Made Easier, 2nd Edition: Principles and Techniques for Mental Health Clinicians, please visit our product store.

To order the book, DSM-5Handbook of Differential Diagnosis, please visit our product store.

To order the book, Mastering the DSM-5®: Integrating New & Essential Measures Into Your Practice, please visit our product store.

Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.

Target Audience

Addiction Counselors, Case Managers, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, and other Mental Health Professionals.


Changes to the DSM®

  • Loss of the 5 Axis format
  • Loss of the NOS category
  • The bias of the DSM®
  • The new billing format

Nature versus Nurture

  • What we can change and what we can’t
  • What requires medication

Clinical Disorders and Etiology

  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders
  • Bipolar and related disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders
  • Eating disorders

Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders

Personality Disorders and Etiology

  • Cluster A
  • Cluster B
  • Cluster C

Medical Conditions that Effect Mental Health

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis

Use of the Cultural Formulation Interview

  • How to accurately identify psycho/social stressors

What to do in Place of the GAF Score

  • Severity specifiers

Steps to an Efficient and Accurate Diagnosis

  • 5 take-home forms to assist you

Disorders Common to Children and Adolescents

  • Attention/Deficient Disorder
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder
  • Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder

Substance-related and Addictive Disorders

  • Review of common criteria
  • Review of new rules

How to use the DSM-5® in your Treatment Plans


  1. Explain the foundation of the major mental illnesses.
  2. Produce accurate mental illness diagnoses.
  3. Code using the ICD-10 format for billing correctly.
  4. Implement a systematic way to conduct an intake interview designed to recognize all mental illnesses.
  5. Identify areas where the DSM-5® is lacking and why.
  6. Describe the role the DSM-5® plays in the development of treatment plans.
  7. Develop skills needed to arrive at a differential diagnosis.
  8. Construct accurate diagnoses in children.

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