NACSW Online Continuing Education

The DSM 5: Beyond Skepticism and into Practicality
Length: 1.25 hours
Primary Audience:
  • Social workers and related professionals
  • social work students
  • human services professionals
  • clergy
Practice Level(s):
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Training Format: Video-based
Number of CE Hours: 1.25

David Cecil, PhD, LCSW,  
Registration FEES

Current Member Rate
Non-Member Rate
Course Outline

The DSM 5 (American Psychiatric Association [APA], 2013) represents dramatic shifts in how we categorize mental disorders. There are numerous considerations including international compatibility, practical implications, and controversies. In order to continue to competently and ethically integrate faith and social work, Christians in social work must stay current on these revisions. This workshop will provide a brief overview of the history and focus of the DSM, as well as provide a summary of the most important changes in the DSM5.


  • Direct Practice: Individuals, Couples, Families and Children

Sample Content


Learning Objectives
As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

Summarize the history and rationale for the DSM 5 revisions

Articulate the key differences between the DSM IV-TR and DSM 5

Describe several strategies for integrating faith and social work as it pertains to diagnosing mental disorders.


1. Brief overview of history of DSM

2. Importance of Christian social workers' clear, deep knowledge of DSM (includes critiques of DSM)

3. Top 5 changes in DSM 5

  • Anxiety Disorders re-organization
  • Removal of Multi-Axial Assessment System (and its replacement)
  • Disorders of Childhood re-organization (includes updates on RAD and Autistic Spectrum)
  • Alternative Model of Personalty Disorders
  • Schizophrenia Spectrum


    David Cecil, PhD, LCSW is a social work faculty member in Samford University's MSW Program. He has taught for more than 12 years, having been the Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Asbury College before coming to Samford. David has maintained a private practice while teaching, and has served on the Kentucky Society for Clinical Social Work Board of Directors (last two years as President). Scholarly pursuits include two publications in past several years, one on relational social work practice and the other on grassroots approaches to addictions in Russia. He is currently working with colleagues at Samford on a best-practices study about the German social work response to the Syrian refugee crisis.

    CE Accreditation Information

    NACSW, provider #1078, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), phone: 800-225-6880, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program valid 1/27/18 – 1/27/21. NACSW maintains sole responsibility for the program. The North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) is also recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0479. Social Workers will receive 1.25 continuing education clock hour(s) for participating in this training. It is the responsibility of participants to contact their licensing boards to verify that this training, as a distance education session, meets their jurisdictional standards for continuing education credit and/or licensure renewal.

    Requirements for Earning Continuing Education Contact Hours

    Requirements to earn continuing education contact hours for home-study courses include: a) engaging with all the required materials provided by this training; b) completing and submitting an on-line evaluation of this session; c) receiving a grade of 80% or better on the “open-book” post-workshop quiz. Session participants who meet these three requirements will receive a continuing education contact hour certificate from NACSW on-line immediately following their completion of this course.

    Registration Fee and Refunds

    The registration fee covers engaging in all the required materials provided by the on-line training as well as costs associated with maintaining the website which supports the training materials, as well as CE certificate administration. Refunds, minus a $25 administrative fee, are available upon request within 15 days of purchasing/enrolling in a training. No refunds or exchanges are available once the training quiz has been opened.

    Grievance Procedure

    Any individual who has a complaint regarding any aspect of this training should communicate in writing to the executive director of NACSW within 30 days after having completed the training. The executive director will conduct a review and respond in writing within 30 days of receiving this complaint. For more information, contact the NACSW office at or 203-270-8780.

    Request for Accommodations

    Please contact NACSW at, or 203.270.8780 if you would like to request a special accommodation.


    Because this is a home study training session, there is no direct contact and/or communication between the individual taking this training and the session speaker. Interactivity for this training consists of the interaction between a person registered for this training session and the materials and content offered in this session.

    Contact Information

    If you have questions pertaining to the content of the training (session content, outline, content level, continuing education contact hours, etc.), contact or 203.270.8780. You will receive a response within 24 hours. If you are in need of technical support, send an email to You will receive a response from the program's technical support manager within 8 hours, 7 days a week.