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Online DSM-5 Training

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Our latest online DSM-5 class offers an extensive overview of changes in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), which was released in May 2013. Enroll below.

The remainder of this page describes the California BBS version of the course. The non-California courses contain the same content.

Course Description

The DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition) has many significant differences from previous editions, including new diagnoses, changes to previous diagnoses, and a new classification system. In this course, participants will learn the changes to most of the chapters in the manual as well as changes to familiar diagnoses, and they will learn about several new diagnoses.

The course includes:

  • Background on the development of the DSM-5
  • An explanation of how the DSM-5 is organized
  • Revisions to several diagnoses from the DSM-IV
  • Information about new diagnoses in the DSM-5
  • Information about insurance coding and billing under DSM-5
  • A description of the new Cultural Formulation Interview


Rachel Michaelsen, LCSW, has taught courses in DSM-5, clinical supervision, law and ethics, childhood psychopathology, and vicarious traumatization at universities, conferences, and mental-health agencies. She was a Collaborating Clinical Investigator in the DSM-5 field trials and was the Lead Curriculum Developer on DSM-5 for the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS). She was the closing plenary speaker at a major social-work conference regarding the DSM-5 (900+ participants). In her private practice in Oakland, California, she provides clinical supervision and works with adults and couples.

Course Objectives

This course is designed to help participants:
  • Understand the development of the DSM-5
  • Accurately utilize the new structure and organization of the DSM-5
  • Learn diagnosis new to the DSM-5
  • Identify the diagnoses that are no longer in use
  • Identify major changes to the DSM-IV diagnoses

Course Schedule

  • 15 minutes — Development of the DSM-5
  • 15 minutes — How the DSM-5 is organized
  • 2 hours — New and revised diagnoses
  • 10 minutes — Insurance coding
  • 10 minutes — The Cultural Formulation Interview
  • 10 minutes — Review the handout

Target Audience

This course is for licensed mental health practitioners who are familiar with DSM-IV and want to learn about DSM-5.

Special Needs

If you have special needs, please contact Rachel Michaelsen at 510-869-7121 or with your request. Every effort will be made to reasonably accommodate your needs.


Grievances should be e-mailed to Rachel Michaelsen at A response will be sent within 10 working days.

To take the DSM-5 online study course, select your preferred version (opens new window):

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3-Hr. Calif. BBS CEUs** ($47.94)    •     New: 3-Hr. w/3 Nationwide CE Credits ($49)    •     3-Hr. Without CEU ($35.94)


Nationwide course is offered by in conjunction with Psycho-Legal Associates (PLA). CE credits (3 hours) under the auspices of PLA are approved for this course by the following professional entities (nationwide unless a state is specified): Psychologists: American Psychological Association; Counselors: NBCC (ACEP), Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors for LPCs, Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners; EAPs: Employee Assistance Certification Commission for already-certified EAPs; Nurses: California Board of Registered Nursing; RCPs: California Respiratory Care Practitioners. Refund policy: Sorry, no refunds.
** California courses meet the qualifications for 3 hours of continuing-education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and LCSWs practicing in California as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS). Provider Name: Psychological Training and Education (PsyTE). CAMFT Approved CE Provider #59845. Refund policy: Sorry, no refunds.

This course is not affiliated with nor endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). DSM®, DSM 5®, and several variants thereof are registered trademarks of the APA. For more information, visit

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