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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.  


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


Distance learning (self-study)


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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.

Additional Information


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 ( If you have any questions or concerns about registration or course information, please contact The Office of Global and Lifelong Learning (

Continuing Education Contact Hours

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


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) 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.


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 Summer 2018 applications.

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

Special Accommodations & Grievance Guidelines

Special Accommodations:
Students requiring accommodations have the opportunity to make these known upon registering or by writing to

Addressing Grievances:
Please see our Grievance Policy for information on our grievance and complaint procedures. If you have questions or concerns contact (212) 998-9099.