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DSM IV-TR: Ethical Considerations

image of DSM workshop A Workshop held in Sioux City, Iowa on 4/27/01
(This workshop met the ethics requirement for the Iowa Social Work Licensing Board.)

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What to Expect: The response for this workshop has been enthusiastic, and I expect somewhere around 40-45 participants. As you know, this workshop is about ethics. My way of teaching ethics is a combination of didactic presentation and lively interaction and discussion. Consequently, we will be doing some small group work as well as larger discussions. So come ready to listen, but also ready to discuss and work together, as these ethical issues are not simple or easy. Handouts, pen and paper will be provided. I am looking forward to an exciting day.

8:30 to 9:00: Registration and continental breakfast
9:00 to 10:45: Presentation
10:45 to 11:00: Break
11:00 to 12:30: Presentation and small group work
12:30 to 1:30: LUNCH (on your own)
1:30 to 3:00: Presentation and small group work
3:00 to 3:15: Break
3:15 to 4:30: Presentation and Conclusion

Description: Mental health providers are expected to utilize the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV-TR) in diagnosing mental disorders, but there is seldom enough time to study this document sufficiently. In this workshop, we will explore the assumptions on which the DSM is based, the way it is structured and why, and the role of politics in its history and organization. We will pay special attention to the ethical issues raised by these considerations, referring to the NASW Code of Ethics for guidance.

When: Friday, April 27, 2001 from 9:00 to 4:30

Where: Holiday Inn, 701 Gordon Dr., Sioux City, Iowa

Continuing Education Information:
  • Iowa: National Association of Social Workers, Iowa Chapter, is an Iowa Board of Social Work Examiners approved provider #0001. This program is approved for 6.00 hours of continuing social work education in ethics. Any Iowa social worker wanting to receive C.E.U. credit for this workshop must pay a fee of $7.50, which must be added to the admission fee.
  • South Dakota: Approved by the SD Board of Social Work for 6 CEUs for social workers, through reciprocity. Approved by the South Dakota Board of Counselor Examiners for 6.0 hours of continuing education credit, program number BCE0122. A certificate will be awarded to any South Dakota resident who requests same.
  • Nebraska: This program meets the criteria of an approved continuing education program for 6 CEUs of credit for mental health practice and for social work in the state of Nebraska. A certificate will be awarded to each participant requesting same.
Intended Audience: This workshop draws on social worker values and considers the DSM IV-TR from the framework of the NASW Code of Ethics. Consequently, it is geared toward social workers and social worker students. However, anyone who is interested in the ethical implications of the DSM would be welcome and would benefit from this workshop.

Presenter: Greg Nooney

Objectives: At the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Understand how the DSM is organized, and why, including some of its history;
  • Critically distinguish between different ways of organizing data about human suffering, and some of the advantages and disadvantages of the method chosen for DSM;
  • Understand the ethical implications of any system of classification that is pathologically based;
  • Render visible some of the assumptions of the dominant culture that inform DSM;
  • Understand the role of politics in the formation of DSM and why this is ethically important;
  • Identify key ethical issues posed by the proper and improper usage of DSM;
  • Develop the skills and beginning experience in consulting the NASW Code of Ethics to help in the resolution of these issues.
  • $45 if received by March 31
  • $50 if received by April 16th
  • $60 at the door
  • $40 student rate if received by April 16th
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