DSM-5 Faculty, PSYchological Training & Education

Rachel B. Michaelsen, LCSW

Rachel Michaelsen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California who has taught undergraduate, graduate, and continuing-education classes for more than 15 years. She has taught courses in clinical supervision in the San Francisco Bay Area, throughout the country, and online. She has also has taught courses on Law and Ethics in Clinical Practice, and on Identifying and Addressing Vicarious Traumatization.

Ms. Michaelsen is a CAMFT-Certified Supervisor, and has a Certificate in Advanced Clinical Supervision from Smith College School for Social Work. She has a thriving private practice in Oakland, where she provides clinical supervision and consultation as well as psychotherapy with adults and couples.

Ms. Michaelsen served as a Collaborating Investigator for the American Psychiatric Association on its pre-publication field trials for the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition). She was the Lead Curriculum Developer, Teaching Supervisor, and Trainer for the DSM-5 training program of the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (formerly California Institute for Mental Health), and has been invited to conduct DSM-5 training at institutions throughout the United States.

In August 2014, Ms. Michaelsen was inducted by the World Health Organization into WHO’s Global Clinical Practice Network and selected to participate in a field study on Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders for the development of the International Classification of Diseases, edition 11 (ICD-11). She has subsequently been selected to participate in ICD-11 field studies on Paraphilic Disorders (in October, 2014); on Classification and Technology Use in Clinical Practice (in March, 2015); and on Relationship Problems and Maltreatment (in November, 2015).

In late 2015, Ms. Michaelsen was appointed by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to its committee that determines which courses qualify for Continuing Education credit for therapists in the state.

Rachel’s latest online DSM-5 courses are available now.

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