DSM: History, Context, & Introductory Usage

DSM: History, Context, & Introductory Usage

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DATE: Wednesday, June 12, 2024 | 1 pm – 5 pm

LOCATION: Alpena Community College – Granum Theatre, 665 Johnson Street, Alpena, Michigan 49707


This training will provide a broad overview of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). General chapters and prevalent diagnoses (i.e. Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, etc.) will be discussed, along with how to navigate diagnostic criteria. These introductory topics will be further contextualized by the history of the DSM’s emergence, development, relation to social constructs, and the reliability/validity of diagnostics.


Risk Manager, MDHHS State Hospital Administration
Part-Time Instructor, Western Michigan University (WMU) School of Social Work

BIOGRAPHY: Steve Love is the Risk Manager for the State Hospital Administration of Michigan and is a Social Work instructor at WMU. He is currently a PhD student in the Evaluation, Measurement, and Research Program at WMU, specializing in behavioral health outcomes and evaluation. Prior to his current position, he worked as the Clinical Services Director at Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital.


  1. Understand the structure of the DSM-5’s diagnostic criteria.
  2. Identify and describe the general ideas of four major chapters of the DSM-5 (schizophrenia spectrum, mood disorders, personality disorders, and neurodevelopment disorders), and provide one example diagnosis.
  3. Identify and describe the DSM’s origination and development.
  4. Identify and describe how psychiatric diagnoses can be viewed through a social construct lens.



12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.   Registration

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.    What is the DSM?


What is a Diagnosis?

Ruling out Medical

History of the DSM

Essential Components of a Psychiatric Diagnosis: Distress, Impairment, and Clinical Utility    

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.    Overview of How to Use Diagnostic Criteria

Overview of the Concept of a Differential Diagnosis

Main Sections/Chapters of the DSM

3:30 p.m – 4:15 p.m.     Social Constructs of a Diagnosis

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.    Application

Clinical Scenarios Presented to Illustrate: Potential Diagnosis, Importance of Distress/Impairment/Clinical Utility, and How Things Could Change When Viewing Information Through Social Construct Lenses

Dangers of Confirmation Bias and Failing to Loop in Medical Team  


Click here to register or call or email Genny Grimshaw at ggrimshaw@nemcmh.org or (989) 358-7842, if you have questions, need more information, or require special accommodations.

Space is limited. Registration closes – Monday, June 10, 2024.

Cancellation notice is appreciated.


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To earn CE credit, social workers must attend the entire course, complete an evaluation, and provide their license number. Certificates of completion will be distributed at the conclusion of the course pending submission of completed course evaluation.

Northeast Michigan Community Mental Health Authority (NeMCMHA), Provider #1767 is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continue 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.  NeMCMHA maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 05/19/2021 – 05/21/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 4 social work continuing education credits.

For more information about NeMCMHA services and training opportunities, please visit: www.nemcmh.org.

NeMCMHA is funded, in part, by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services