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DSM-IV Made Easy: The Clinician's Guide to Diagnosis

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Accessibly written and easy to use, this comprehensive book covers everything professionals and students need to know about DSM-IV-TR. Following the same format as DSM-IV, the text presents every diagnosis. For each it includes case examples, a detailed analysis of each case, and a clear explanation of how to arrive at the diagnosis and how to rule out other possibilities.

This course is based on the book, DSM-IV Made Easy: The Clinician’s Guide to Diagnosis created by James Morrison, M.D.


The Guilford Press

Publication Date:

1995/Hardcover edition (Updated to reflect DSM-IV-TR)

Course Material Author

James Morrison, M.D.

James Morrison, MD, earned his BA at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and obtained his medical degree and psychiatric training at Washington University in St. Louis. With an extensive work history in both the private and public sectors, he is currently Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. Dr. Morrison is the author, most recently, of Diagnosis Made Easier: Principles and Techniques for Mental Health Clinicians. His other publications include The First Interview, When Psychological Problems Mask Medical Disorders, Interviewing Children and Adolescents (with Thomas F. Anders), and Straight Talk About Your Mental Health, a guide for consumers.

Course Creator

Keith Gibson, Ph.D.

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This course will be valued by psychiatrists, residents, psychologists, marriage and family counselors, social workers, and anyone who needs to know about the DSM-IV-TR. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge, but is essential for mental health practitioners studying for their licensing exams.

Course Objectives:

  1. Apply DSM-IV diagnostic criteria to real live patients.

  2. Explain the use of the DSM-IV multiaxial classification system.

  3. Define a “mental disorder”.

  4. Apply the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria to the cognitive disorders.

  5. Apply the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria to the mental disorders due to general medical conditions and the substance-related disorders.

  6. Apply the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria to the psychotic disorders.

  7. Apply the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria to the mood and anxiety disorders.

  8. Apply the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria to the somatoform and factitious disorders.

  9. Apply the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria to the dissociative disorders.

  10. Apply the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria to the sexual and gender identity disorders.

  11. Apply the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria to the eating and sleep disorders.

  12. Apply the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria to the impulse control disorders.

  13. Apply the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria to the adjustment disorders.

  14. Apply the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria to the personality disorders.

  15. Apply the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria to the disorders usually first diagnosed in infancy, childhood or adolescence.

  16. Explain the use of V-codes to identify other factors that may need clinical attention.

  17. List and explain the procedure for making a diagnosis in the real world (i.e., applying DSM-IV criteria to real patients).

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25 CPD hours

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