Course Description

There are TWO Sections being offered: One section for current full-time students, FSW 111-004 and one section for clinicians, FSW 111-003. 

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is the primary diagnostic system used in North America. The DSM system is used to identify mental health conditions in individuals, to communicate with clients and other professionals, and to inform treatment. This interactive course supports participants to become familiar with the DSM-5 and apply its framework to work with clients in treatment, while improving communication with other professionals.

Instructor Bio:

Dr. Michael Lee Zwiers is an adjunct assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary. He holds a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology (special education and school psychology) from the University of Alberta and a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Zwiers completed his pre-doctoral internship at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children & Toronto General Hospital, after which he pursued two years of post-doctoral training in Clinical Psychology. His work has included the education of practicing professionals and graduate students, with a special focus on assessment and clinical diagnosis. He has been delivering training programs in diagnostic assessment since 2008. Dr. Zwiers is the winner of the Psychologist of the Year Award in Alberta (2015 & 2016). Dr. Zwiers has a strong commitment to the education of professionals and has taught numerous graduate-level psychology courses in applied professional skills (psychological and psychoeducational assessment, ethics, individual therapy, group counselling, career counselling, practicum and internship, as well as the supervision of professional practice).

Course Details

Upon completion of this course, successful participants will:

  1. Gain a working knowledge of the DSM-5 framework and content.
  2. Learn about the DSM diagnostic system and its current applications.
  3. Learn to use a semi-structured clinical screening interview (SID-5) for the DSM-5 via instruction, demonstration, and partner practice.
  4. Learn to plan appropriate mental health intervention.
  5. Learn about responsible and respectful use of the DSM in a multicultural context.
  6. Understand the interaction between biological functioning and mental health.


A Confirmation of Completion document is available (4) four business days after the course completion which has the title, description, hours, grade, and cost of the course. Students log in to their D1 profile, select the course and section number and then select the appropriate document required from the drop-down menu. The next step is to hit the print button.


None specifically.

Recommendation: Membership in a regulated clinical profession (e.g., Social Work, Psychology, Medicine)


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