Highlights of Changes from DSM-IV-TR to DSM-5 1 NBCC Hour
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K. McCarthy, Esq., JD, MS, NCC

Course Description

The subject matter in this course is "directly and primarily related to" the NBCC Content Area, Assessment, which has been specified by the NBCC Continuing Education Provider Policy as acceptable content to qualify for NBCC continuing education credit.  This course is available for ACEP home study and offers 1 NBCC Hour.


The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) is the 2013 update to the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) classification and diagnostic tool.  This Course outlines the changes made to the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria and texts in the same order in which they appear in the DSM-5 classification.  However, it should also be noted that this is not an exhaustive guide; minor changes in text or wording made for clarity are not described here.  This course is intended to familiarize mental health professionals, social workers, substance abuse professionals, child welfare workers, healthcare professionals, psychologists, or certified addiction specialists, with the changes made to the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria and texts.

Learning Objectives
  • Learn about changes made to the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria and texts regarding:

  • Terminology

  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders

  • Schizophrenia Spectrum & Other Psychotic Disorders

  • Bipolar & Related Disorders

  • Depressive Disorders

  • Somatic Symptom & Related Disorders

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • Obsessive-Compulsive & Related Disorders

  • Trauma- & Stressor-Related Disorders

  • Dissociative Disorders

  • Somatic Symptom & Related Disorders

  • Feeding & Eating Disorders

  • Sleep-Wake Disorders

  • Sexual Dysfunctions

  • Gender Dysphoria

  • Disruptive, Impulse-Control & Conduct Disorders

  • Substance-Related & Addictive Disorders

  • Neurocognitive Disorders

  • Paraphilic Disorders

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