A Review of the Changes in the DSM-V


Credits: 2.00
Type: Recorded asynchronous distance

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This series of non-interactive recorded lectures reviews the significant changes from the DSM-IV (TR) to the DSM-V with emphasis on changes in the overall structure of the way disorders are categorized, the new and modified criteria for various disorders, and the alternate method for diagnosis of personality disorders. Not only are the differences between the DSM-IV and DSM–V discussed but some of the rationale for these changes. The course also is designed to stimulate thinking and discussion about the clinical ramification of some of the major changes in relation to modified or entirely new diagnoses.

Delivery Method

This course consists of a recorded lecture and posttest.

Course Level

This course is geared for professionals at the basic, intermediate, advanced and clinical levels.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Identify the major changes in the organization of the DSM-V as opposed to previous editions of the DSM.
  • Recognize the changes to the criteria for diagnoses (e.g. Substance Use Disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Intellectual Disability Disorder, etc.) and explore the affect these changes may have on clinical practice.
  • Evaluate the new diagnoses included in the DSM-V with discussion about the rationale, evidence, and potential consequences of these new diagnoses.
  • Identify the new method of diagnosing some Personality disorders.
  • Identify some of the criticism of the DSM-V and become better able to critically appraise the benefits and deficits of the new diagnostic system.

Module 1:

  • The Issue with Epistemology
  • Adding Dimensionality
  • Childhood Measure of Depression
  • Sweeping Changes
  • Domain Reviews
  • Conflation
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders

Module 2:

  • Bipolar and Related Disorders
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders
  • Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Elimination Disorders
  • Sleep-Wake Disorders
  • Sexual Dysfunctions
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorder
  • Substance Related and Addictive Disorders
  • Neurocognitive Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Paraphilic Disorders
  • Other Conditions that May be a Focus of Clinical Attention

Module 3:

  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
  • Bipolar and Related Disorders
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
  • Hoarding Disorder
  • Trauma and Stress Related Disorders
  • Post traumatic Stress Disorder (adults, adolescents, children)
  • Post traumatic Stress Disorder in Children 6 Years and Younger

Module 4:

  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Cannabis Withdrawal
  • Criteria for Substance Use Disorder

Module 5:

  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Gambling Disorder
  • Personality Disorders
  • General Criteria (method 2)
  • Personality Functioning
  • Pathological Personality Traits (domains and facets)
  • Personality Trait Domain Scoring
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder


Theodore M. Godlaski, M.Div., CADC is a retired Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Social Work at the University of Kentucky. He spent 23 years doing treatment, program administration, and clinical supervision before coming to the University of Kentucky School of Medicine, Center on Drug and Alcohol Research in 1993. In August of 2002 he moved from the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research to the College of Social Work in order to devote more time to teaching. He retired from the College of Social Work in 2019. He is former Chairperson of the National Ethics Committee for the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors and worked on the revision of their code of ethics. He also served as a member of the Kentucky Certification Board of Chemical Dependency Counselors and a member of its Complaint Committee. He was also a senior area editor for the journal Substance Use and Misuse (formerly International Journal on the Addictions). He has been involved in treatment outcome and treatment effectiveness research as well as research to develop a treatment approach specifically for rural substance abusers.


The University of Kentucky College of Social Work, provider number 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/2022-9/29/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 2 clinical continuing education credits.

This course is also approved for 2.0 continuing education hours by the Kentucky Board of Social Work, the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology, the Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board, and the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board.

How to Claim Credit

To receive credit for this course, you must view/complete the entire course, pass the related post-test, and submit a completed course evaluation. If your score is less than the passing score of 75%, you may retake the test. Your certificate will become available for an automatic download once all of the requirements are complete.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Online courses cannot be cancelled and refunds are not available.


If you have any questions regarding this course, need assistance registering for it, or experience any technical difficulties with completing it, please contact Chris Dennison at christopher.dennison@uky.edu or at (859) 257-2035.

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