DSM-5: Implications for Social Work Practice
David S. Byers, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.


This course provides a review of some of the major conceptual changes introduced with the fifth edition in May 2013, and situates these changes and controversies in the context of the history of DSM and contemporary clinical social work practice. The changes over time have had and will continue to have significant implications for how we use the DSM and think about diagnosis and case formulation, as well as how we teach our students and supervisees to engage with it. Topics to be discussed include models for supervision in the context of DSM-5, balancing descriptive and etiological nosology, and ongoing critical engagement concerning ethical reasoning, sociocultural biases in diagnosis, and the shifting theoretical basis for the DSM. This course is appropriate for clinicians and clinical supervisors at all levels.