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Advanced Assessment and Diagnosis

Program Overview

This 14-hour online certificate program goes beyond descriptions offered in the DSM-5 and the ICD 10 to consider advances in neurobiology and epigenetics. Videos of clients help bring the diagnostic categories to life and reference materials help practitioners understand and distinguish disorders from an advanced perspective. This course is particularly suited for clinicians that require accurate diagnostic skills, or who wish to deepen their understanding of contemporary approaches to assessment and diagnosis.  

TARGET AUDIENCE

As a Post-Master’s course, the target audience for this program is advanced practitioners.

TYPE OF PROGRAM

Distance learning (self-study)

FROM THE DIRECTOR: INTERVIEW WITH JUDITH SIEGEL, PHD, LCSW

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ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Judith Siegel, PhD, LCSW, Program Director, Course & Content Developer

Dr. Siegel is the course instructor and creator of all original content in this course. Judith Siegel has been a faculty member of the Silver School of Social Work at NYU since 1989. Prior to joining NYU, she was a faculty member of Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Siegel has written numerous texts and journal articles on work with children and adolescents, and she is a specialist in diagnosis and treatment, as well as in the area of neuroscience research and emotion. Dr. Siegel's interest in defensive splitting in couples has resulted in the development of a practice model as well as the creation of an assessment tool that is presently being used in research on domestic violence.

Program Outline & Format

PROGRAM OUTLINE AND LEARNING OBJECTIVES

 
Overall Program Learning Objectives

By the end of this program, students will be able to:

  • To be familiar with the value and limitations of diagnosis, and other factors that are relevant to a social work assessment
  • To be conversant with the changes in the DSM 5, and the critique of its approach to mental disorders
  • To recognize aspects of neurobiology and epigenetic research that are adding to our understanding of diagnosis and treatment
  • To identify key features of the disorders studied in this class
 
MODULE 1 – Assessment & Diagnosis
Part 1: Overview
This introductory class will provide a historical overview of mental disorders and the development of classification systems. Students will consider the advantages, disadvantages and limitations of diagnosis and the difference between diagnosis and assessment.  This module is CE credit bearing module.  Completion results in two hours towards the 14-hour certificate.
 
Learning Objectives
By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
  • Recognize aspects of the history of diagnosis
  • Demonstrate awareness of the limitations and controversies regarding classification systems
  • Identify examples of racism, homophobia, sexism, or cultural ignorance in the medical model’s approach to the diagnosis of "difference"
  • Identify risk factors relevant to assessing suicide
  • Identify questions generated from mental health screening instruments
Assignments for Completion
All text, readings, videos and 15 question learning assessment.
 
MODULE 1 – Assessment & Diagnosis
Part 2: The Future of Diagnosis
This class will provide an overview of the changes in the DSM-5 classification, and consider some of the new diagnostic categories and debates around these changes. In addition, we will examine emerging research and perspectives that are likely to influence future revisions.  This module is CE credit bearing module. Completion results in two hours towards the 14-hour certificate.
 
Learning Objectives
By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
  • Identify some of the changes and the new diagnostic categories listed in the DSM-5
  • Distinguish reasons for including V codes in a diagnosis
  • Identify the consequences of exposure to stress and trauma from the neurobiological and epigenetic perspectives
Assignments for Completion
All text, readings, videos and 15 question learning assessment.
 
MODULE 2 – Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
This class examines two diagnostic categories: the anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Listed as anxiety disorders are phobias, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder and separation anxiety disorder, a disorder that is common in young children but can also occur in adults.  This module is CE credit bearing module. Completion results in two hours towards the 14-hour certificate.
 
Learning Objectives
By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
  • Identify the symptoms and diagnostic criteria for the anxiety disorders
  • Recognize neurobiological aspects of anxiety and fear
  • Identify aspects of models and medications used to treat anxiety
  • Identify behaviors noted in obsessive compulsive disorder
Assignments for Completion
All text, readings, videos and 15 question learning assessment.
 
MODULE 3 – Mental Disorders in Childhood
Part 1: Neurodevelopmental & Other Disorders of Childhood
This class examines the complexity in making a diagnosis of mental disorders in children and adolescents. Several neurodevelopmental disorders are explored.  This module is CE credit bearing module. Completion results in two hours towards the 14-hour certificate.
 
Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Distinguish symptoms and diagnostic criteria used to describe neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Identify arguments about the changes in the DSM-5 classification of the Autistic Disorders
Assignments for Completion
All text, readings, videos and 15 question learning assessment.
 
MODULE 3 – Mental Disorders in Childhood
Part 2: Internalizing, Externalizing, & Disruptive Disorders
Children and teens experience a number of mental disorders that may be co-morbid, and extremely difficult to differentiate. Many of these disorders share symptoms of impulsivity, irritability and inappropriate behavior. While some of these disorders appear to be related to stressful situations, and family dynamics, others appear to be more closely linked to genetic factors.  This module is CE credit bearing module. Completion results in two hours towards the 14-hour certificate.
 
Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify symptoms and diagnostic criteria for disorders commonly found in childhood as categorized by the DSM-5
Assignments for Completion
All text, readings, videos and 15 question learning assessment.
 
MODULE 4 – Depressive & Bi-Polar Disorders
This class considers two diagnostic categories: The depressive disorders, and bipolar disorder, a mental disorder that until recently was considered one of the of mood disorders.  This module is CE credit bearing module. Completion results in two hours towards the 14-hour certificate.
 
Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Recognize the symptoms of a manic phase and hypomanic phase
  • Identify reasons for lack of medication compliance
  • Apply the criteria to diagnose different forms of depression
  • Identify factors that may predispose an individual to depression
Assignments for Completion
All text, readings, videos and 15 question learning assessment
 
MODULE 5 - Trauma & Resilience
This class provides information on the trauma disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), acute stress disorder, and adjustment disorders. Emphasis is given to factors that influence reactions to traumatic events: including the pre and post traumatic environments. This class also examines the dissociative disorders that are frequently found in the aftermath of trauma, and complex trauma. The concluding section examines resilience from a biopsychosocial perspective, with emphasis on neurobiology.  This module is CE credit bearing module. Completion results in two hours towards the 14-hour certificate.
 
Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify symptoms for PTSD and stress-related disorders
  • Distinguish between different kinds of trauma diagnosis
  • Identify peritrauma factors related to outcome
  • Describe factors that can increase adaptation or help build resilience in response to stressful life events
Assignments for Completion
All text, readings, videos and 15 question learning assessment.

 

PROGRAM FORMAT

 
Understanding the Lesson Format and Lesson Expectations
Each lesson is made up of text, videos and assigned readings. Each of the lessons will take approximately two hours to complete. Readings that are embedded within the lesson through a link are required readings.
 
All of the modules are program must be completed in order to receive the certificate and the CE credits. Partial credit cannot be awarded.
 
Lesson Components
  1. Text: Lesson text introduces main lesson themes, provides summary information as well as key bullet-pointed information, and introduces other content, including readings and videos. Expectations: Students are expected to use information in the lesson text to answer learning assessment questions.  
  2. Readings: When a reading icon or reading link appears in the lesson, students will complete the assigned reading at that point of the lesson, unless the reading is marked as 'optional.' The readings are accessible online, either through links to databases to which NYU has subscriptions or to downloaded PDFs.  
  3. Video: Videos will either be embedded on the page or accessible through links to other web pages. When a video or video link appears in the lesson, students will watch the video at that time; it is placed in that part of the lesson in order to best support the ideas at that point in the lesson. Expectations: Students are expected to be able to use the video content to inform your responses to learning assessment questions.
Learning Assessment
Learning assessments in the form of true/false and multiple choice questions are located at the conclusion of each lesson. Students must complete all learning assessments in order to receive Continuing Education (CE) contact hours. Students must also answer at least 80% of the questions on each quiz correctly to receive the certificate of completion. Questions answered incorrectly will be identified. Students may take the assessment as many times as needed to pass.
 
Course Evaluation
Students will complete an evaluation of the program their experiences upon completion of the above tasks.

Program Requirements & Obtaining the Certificate

This certificate and CE credits require the completion of all five modules, comprised of seven video lessons, totaling in fourteen (14) hours of content. Partial credit cannot be awarded. At the end of each lesson, students must complete a multiple choice learning assessment based on the lesson content. The program is self-paced and students will have access to the course for one calendar year.

Course Completion Requirements:

  • All required videos and readings for all lessons in this program have been completed
  • All required tests and quizzes for all lessons in this program have been completed, with a passing grade. (NOTE: If you have not received a sufficient grade on any test or quiz, you have the ability to re-take it and must do so to complete the program.)
  • The required program evaluation has been completed
  • Your Bursar account balance for this program is paid in full

Certificate Request Process:

In order to obtain your certificate, you must complete the Certificate Request Form (found in the NYU Classes system). Receipt of the Post-Master's Certificate Program certificate takes approximately 3-4 weeks from the date of the request.  Receipt of CE certificate for social workers takes between 24 and 48 hours (not including weekend hours) from the date of the request.
 
Requests are processed more quickly when all of the program requirements (above) have been met prior to receipt of request. Please make sure that you have completed all of the requirements before you submit the form. All of the Requirements will be checked by Office of Global and Lifelong Learning staff as a part of the request processing.  Once your certificate has been processed it will be mailed to the address provided in the request form.

Program Brochure

Download a program brochure by clicking here.

Additional Information

COURSE PROMOTION, ADVERTISING AND PRESENTATION AND CODE OF ETHICS  

All materials within this course have been reviewed to ensure they meet the standards of ethical conduct, as well as the NASW Code of Ethics. Promotion and advertising of the course follows all standards and practices of better business bureaus, and nothing within intent or distribution is falsely stated in the material. If you have any questions or concerns about the course content, references or content evaluation, please contact Judith Siegel (judith.siegel@nyu.edu). If you have any questions or concerns about registration or course information, please contact The Office of Global and Lifelong Learning (silver.continuingeducation@nyu.edu).

Continuing Education Contact Hours

  • 14 NYSED-approved Contact Hours will be awarded for this program for social workers and mental heath practitioners.

SOCIAL WORK
 
New York University Silver School of Social Work is 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-0012}.

NYU Silver School of Social Work, 1415 is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. NYU Silver School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 11/11/16 - 11/11/19. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.  Social workers participating in this program will receive 14 continuing education contact hours.
 
MENTAL HEALTH
 
New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors {#MHC-0083}.
 
For Mental Health Practitioners: Please check with your state, if you are not licensed in New York, to determine if these credits will be accepted for licensing renewal.

Apply Now

To apply for this program, please click on the application link below.

You will be taken to a new page and prompted to set up an application account.  Once you create an application account, you will be able to begin an application for one of our certificate programs.  Make sure to select the application for "Advanced Assessment and Diagnosis" from the list of available applications.

NOTE: If you have an NYU email address, you should not use this email address when creating the application account.

Special Accommodations & Grievance Policy

Special Accommodations:
Students requiring accommodations have the opportunity to make these known upon registering or by writing to silver.continuingeduaction@nyu.edu.

Addressing Grievances:
For information on our Grievance Policy, please click here. If you have questions or concerns contact (212) 998-9099.

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