Title:  Psychopathology, Differential Diagnosis and the DSM-5: An Introductory Overview for Mental Health Clinicians
Description: This course is designed to improve the capacity of health professionals to make accurate diagnoses utilizing the DSM-5. When the trainee completes this course, he or she will be able to:

- Comprehend the history, use, and structure of the DSM-5.

- Understand the organization of the DSM-5

- Know how to utilize the DSM-5 for diagnosis

- Grasp the most common diagnostic errors and how to get them right

- Comprehend the key changes from the DSM-IV-TR to the DSM-5

Barbara R. McLaughlin M.DIV., LCSW has over 30 years of experience as a clinician. She is an experienced writer and trainer in the field of social work. She served as Director of Social Work at the Clark Center at Memorial Medical Center, and has provided telehealth therapy for over three years.

Charlie Safford is the president and owner of  Mr. Safford has over thirty-five years of post-masters experience as a clinical therapist. In addition to his work as a therapist, he has been a trainer and training developer for over twenty-five years.


Approvals: has been approved by NBCC as an approved continuing education provider, ACEP No. 6071. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs., Inc., provider #1104, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit., Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ASWB Approval Period: 11/15/2020 to 11/15/2023. Social workers participating in this course will receive 4 clinical continuing education clock hours. 


This course is approved for 4 contact hours by the following certifying bodies:

The National Association of Social Workers through approval by NASW GA

States with their own approval process:

Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling Provider Number, BAP #50-2193