april, 2020

02aprAll Day03DC:0-5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early ChildhoodEvent Type:TrainingIn-person or Online:In-Person

Event Details

The DC:0-5 two-day training is the only diagnostic classification system in existence for children from birth to 5 years old. The workshop is for clinicians and early childhood specialists working with infants & young children. We will discuss developmentally appropriate diagnoses with attention to culture & relationships. The DC:0-5 provides a crossover to the DSM5 and ICD 10 diagnoses. Training provides 12 CEUs.

Description: This two-day comprehensive training on DC:0-5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood targets clinicians and leaders from fields of mental health, health, and early intervention. This training provides history and background around the need and development of a specialized diagnostic classification system for infancy and early childhood, approaches in diagnosis from an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health perspective which is developmentally informed, relationship-based, contextual and culturally competent. 12 CEUS will be provided.

Participants will learn about the multi-axial approach to diagnosis as well as understanding the contents of each axis including Axis I clinical disorders. This two-day format allows clinicians to have in-depth knowledge of the approach and content of DC:0-5 and to practice application of this new nosology with the support of peers and Expert Faculty through activities and case examples that support their use of the many tools included in DC:0-5.

*This program has been approved for 12 CEUs for Licensed Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists by the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work.

Registration fee:  $200

Organizer of DC: 0-5 Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood

  • Meyleen Velasquez, LCSW, RPT-S, PMH-C, is licensed through ZERO TO THREE to provide the official DC:0-5 training. She specializes in working with perinatal and infant mental health. Meyleen has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of young children and their families.

Training Modality: This training is offered to clinicians and other advanced practitioners as an intensive learning experience in which participants are not only exposed to key concepts but learn how to use the content and tools included in DC:0-5 in their practice. Training will be provided with adult learning principles and sensitivity to learning styles in mind. In addition to a didactic presentation, participants will learn from relevant video clips, case vignettes/reports, large and small group discussions, activities and reflection. These activities are meant to deepen learning by allowing clinicians to apply knowledge and build peer networks and reliability.

Handout materials will be provided and all participants are required to have the DC:0-5 manual which will be used and referenced throughout both days. Upon completion of the two-day DC:0-5 training, clinicians will have a thorough understanding of the approach and content of DC:0-5 and will be able to begin to use this nosology in their practice as their license/role allows.

Learning Objectives for DC:0-5™Training: Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health clinicians and advanced practitioners who participate in this training will:

1. Understand the background and benefits of the diagnostic classification of mental health and developmental disorders of infancy and early childhood (DC:0-3 through DC:0-5)

2. Examine how key concepts and definitions of infant and early childhood mental health align with the design and development of DC:0-5.

3. Understand the importance of relational, developmental and contextual approaches to diagnosis and diagnostic formulation.

4. Learn how a diagnosis is informed by comprehensive, ongoing clinical assessment and contribute to the clinical formulation.

5. Learn about the multiaxial system used in DC:0-5.

6. Explore cultural considerations and use of the Cultural Formulation for Use with Infants and Toddlers Table included in DC:0-5.

7. Learn the approach to Relational Context through Axis II and become familiar with tools to examine Caregiver Dimensions, Contributions of the Infant/Young Child to the Relationship and Caregiving Environment Dimensions (family focus).

8. Understand the importance of considering physical conditions and both direct and indirect effects of physical conditions on emotions, behaviors and family dynamics.

9. Become familiar with categories of psychosocial stressors and the notion of cumulative risk.

10. Understand the importance of describing the infant/young child’s developmental competence as well as areas of deficit and unevenness among developmental domains.

11. Become familiar with Clinical Disorders included in DC:0-5™, with a special focus on new disorders.

12. Examine the relationship between the three major nosologies: DC:0-5, DSM-5 and ICD-10.

Training Topics:

• History and Foundations of Diagnosis of Mental Health Disorders in Infancy and Early Childhood: Participants will learn about how diagnosis in infancy and early childhood has evolved over the years and its foundations in infant and early childhood mental health. This information will help clinicians understand the common concerns and misunderstandings about diagnosis in infancy and early childhood and recognize the efforts to promote early identification and service delivery for young children and their families while minimizing over pathologizing of what may represent variations in normal developmental or transient behavioral patterns in young children.

• Approaches to Diagnostic Formulation: Participants will learn about DC:0-5 approaches to diagnosis which are developmentally sensitive, relationship-based, culturally aware and contextually grounded. The importance of thorough diagnostic assessment and relying on a multiaxial approach to diagnosis is emphasized.

• Axis III – Physical Conditions and Considerations: Participants will understand the critical importance of including physical conditions and considerations in conducting a diagnostic assessment in infancy and early childhood. Training provides an overview of Axis III including key categories for physical conditions and considerations. Discussion of direct and indirect effects of physical conditions in terms of mental health and development will be conducted and a case example and activity to assist participants in organizing Axis III impressions will be included.

• Axis IV – Psychosocial Stressors: Psychosocial stressors contribute greatly to nature, course and treatment options of mental health and developmental disorders in infancy and early childhood. Participants will become familiar with categories of psychosocial stressors to be included in diagnosis through didactic presentation and group activities and will have an opportunity to use a case example to apply new knowledge of this axis.

• Axis V – Developmental Competence: There have been substantial changes to this axis from previous DC:0-3/3R publications. Participants will learn how DC:0-5 has expanded the developmental domains considered in understanding the infant/young child’s developmental competence and how to rate and describe developmental competence considering the child’s capacities to integrate developmental milestones across emotional, social-relational, language, social communication, cognitive and physical-motor domains. Participants will use a videotaped interaction to apply to the use of the Developmental Milestones and Competency Ratings Table included in Appendix A of the DC:0-5 manual.

• Cultural Formulation for Use in Infancy and Toddlerhood: Cultural context and implications is explored throughout DC:0-5 but in particular, the inclusion of the Cultural Formulation for Use with Infant and Toddlers Table that is part of the DC:0-5 introduction provides an important outline for consideration of cultural assessment for the young child’s diagnosis and care. Participants will engage in several activities to highlight the importance of cultural formulation in the use of DC:0-5.

• Axis II – Relational Context: Participants will learn to conduct the expanded Axis II rating to capture the relational context of the infant/young child’s life; examining both key caregiver infant/young child relationships as well as understanding the context of family relationships as well by examining the caregiving environment and infant/young child adaptation. Participants will use sample video clips to support their observations and use of the ratings outlined in DC:0- 5 and will also work in small groups using a full case report to discuss Axis II impressions and diagnostic summary.

• Axis I – Clinical Disorders: This training provides an overview of all diagnostic categories and their respective disorders highlighting several of the newest disorders in more depth. Discussions, case vignettes will be used to highlight several of the disorders in Axis I. At the conclusion of the training, participants will be required to review a full case report and discuss the possibly diagnostic summary, sharing differential diagnostic considerations and cultural formulation.

• Relationship of DC:0-5 with DSM-5 and ICD-10: Participants will learn about similarities and differences among the three major nosologies and discuss the benefits and limitations of using crosswalks for billing and record-keeping



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