This 3 CE update is intended to highlight the changes from DSM-IV-R To the current DSM5.

Developed by: Karen Albig Smith, LMFT, LCAS, MAC, CAP, SAP, SAE

Revised 2022

Description:  Learners will get an overview of the changes from the DSMIV-R to the DSM5.  Changes include the elimination of the use of the term - mental retardation, the subtypes of schizophrenia, criteria for bipolar disorder, and there are new specifiers for depressive disorders.  Learners will be able to differentiate tic disorders from body-focused repetitive disorders.  Adjustment Disorders have been re-conceptualized in DSM-5 and there are new refinements in the criteria for Oppositional Defiant Disorder.  Major differences have been described for Asperger’s disorder, and there are new age-of-onset specifiers for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  The study guide will discuss the changes in the substance-related and addictive disorders.  In addition, the study guide will explain why the change away from AXIS diagnosis.  Some disorders have been eliminated and new ones added. 

1.  Learners will be able to discuss the rationale for the abandonment of AXIS diagnosis.
2.  Learners will be able to describe changes in diagnostic criteria and specifiers.
3.  Learners will be able to identify the new disorders and those that have been eliminated.
CE Credits: 3
Hour One: Highlights of Changes: DSM-IV-R to DSM5
Hour Two: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Major Depressive Disorders and the bereavement exclusion, Conduct Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Internet Gaming Disorder, Mild Neurocognitive Disorder
Hour Three: Sleep-Wake Disorders, Specific Learning Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

CE Broker #s: OL 20-505378

Methods: Pre-test, study guide, posttest and evaluation, internet sources via URLs, Q&A by email.

Content Area: Clinical evaluation and assessment

Purpose: Learners will be able to describe the significant differences between the DSMIV-R and DSM5 for use in the diagnostic assessment of persons with mental and nervous disorders.

Target Audience: Social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, mental health counselors, nurses, employee assistance professionals, addiction professionals, behavioral health technicians, and other allied professionals.


National Board for Certified Counselors (N.B.C.C.) Program Services has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP #: 5978.                  
Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.           
Program Services is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Social Work:  State Licensing Board Approval Information for Continuing Education.
The following states accept our national approvals (NBCC) for social work CE:  Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin.
We are approved in two states for social work (Florida and Alabama).
The following states accept Program Services CE if other state SW boards have approved our CE. (Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan,  Mississippi, New Jersey, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia.)    
These states specify cross-disciplinary CE is acceptable, have no specified requirements/limitations, or that social workers can self- submit after the fact: 
Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Maine, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Wyoming, New Mexico.
Program Services has not applied for CE for social work in New York, Hawaii, Iowa, and Minnesota.

National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) #86395
Florida Board of Nursing FBN #2456 CEBroker provider # 50-1651
Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling: BAP #162 CEBroker provider # 50-1651

Florida Certification Board, Inc. #159A
Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners #0339
Georgia Board of Nursing  CEBroker provider #50-1651
South Carolina Board of Nursing  CEBroker provider #50-1651
District Columbia Board of Nursing CEBroker provider #50-1651
Allied profession approvals can be found at

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