MARCH 5, 2014
When the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, abbreviated as DSM-5, was released last year by the American Psychiatric Association, mental health professionals had to get used to a new set of diagnostic criteria for the first time in 19 years. The clinical faculty in the Columbia School of Social Work hosted a day-long conference on the DSM-5 this past December targeted at social workers in the mental health field: which of the new criteria will have the most impact on their interactions with clients? On this podcast we hear from the conference’s two keynote speakers: Dr. Michael First, a professor of clinical psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center and a research psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and Dr. Janet Williams (MS’74, PhD’81), professor emerita of Clinical Psychiatric Social Work at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Both speakers have played leading roles in developing DSM contents over the years. Also on this podcast is second-year student David Forman (MS’14), who is specializing in advanced clinical practice. He poses some questions from a social work perspective.