DSM-5

The new version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) was released in spring of 2013

DSM-5 is the first major revision of the manual in more than 30 years. This creates many changes for clinical practitioners and providers alike. These programs will explore the controversies and implications of the new edition.

At a glance

What: Programs on the DSM-5

Who: Presented by an award-winning expert in the field—David Mays, MD, PhD—a licensed psychologist and forensic psychiatrist with decades of clinical, training, and consultation success

Next program: spring of 2015; check back for dates and times

Certification: Each program provides 0.6 CEUs and meets multiple requirements and standards for continuing education for social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, substance abuse counselors, and educators

Questions? Contact Kristi Obmascher at kobmascher@dsc.wisc.edu or call 608-262-8971


The use of the DSM as a tool for diagnosing individuals is an inextricable part of the mental health landscape. Mental health consumers, mental health professionals, people working in human service and community organizations, and policymakers have a vested interest in the new release. We will introduce DSM-5 changes from a generalist policy and services perspective, plus highlight changes, discuss the diagnostic criteria required for diagnosis and treatment of the major disorders, and provide updates on other aspects of the new DSM, including: severity scales, suicide-risk assessment, and cultural considerations.

New DSM-5 programs coming in spring 2015. For more details, contact Kristi Obmascher at kobmascher@dsc.wisc.edu or call 608-262-8971.