This 3-semester unit academic course (45 hours) is designed to meet the requirements of principles of the diagnostic process required for LPCC licensing in California..
The course consists of video lectures, reading and written assignments, and a post-test. There are no start or end dates and it is delivered in a self-paced online format, featuring cases drawn from popular culture and an extensive set of resources on DSM-5.
The course treats principles of the diagnostic process, including differential diagnosis, and the use of current diagnostic tools, such as the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the impact of co-occurring substance use disorders or medical psychological disorders, established diagnostic criteria for mental or emotional disorders, and the treatment modalities and placement criteria within the continuum of care.
Primary Course Goals include: a. Provide learners with the opportunity to learn diagnostic and treatment planning techniques by taking an accessible, casebook approach
b. Bring students rapidly up to date on the most recent version of the framework for diagnostics in the U.S.; ie, DSM-5.
Required Text Books:
1. Schwitzer, A.M. and Rubin, L.C. (2012). Diagnosis and Treatment Planning Skills for Mental Health Professionals. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. ISBN: 9781412988827.
Instructors: Rhoda Olkin, PhD and Diane Zelman, PhD, are Professors of Clinical Psychology who have followed the development of DSM-5 for several years and focused on the information provided since DSM-5 was approved by the APA Board of Governors in December, 2012.