Target Audience

Social workers, human services professionals.

Content Level

Beginner to intermediate


5.0 Credits

Delivery Method

Live, in-person


1715 17 Ave SE


This workshop will familiarize participants with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), so they may have a deeper understanding of how the manual is organized and how they can apply the information to their work.

The (DSM) is an important resource and tool for social workers and human services professionals and a standard in our industry.  To be successful in our roles, all of us should have a high-level understanding of the DSM and how it can be applied in our day-to-day work with clients

The intended audience of this workshop is social workers and human services professionals who do not necessarily engage in diagnosis but require an increased comfort level with the contents of the DSM in order to provide the best possible level of care and support to clients.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Confidently explain what the DSM is, how it is organized and why it is important.
  2. Describe the different sections of the DSM and how they apply to human service professionals
  3. Speak to how the DSM is used to arrive at a client diagnosis
  4. Recall and describe the basic terminology found in the DSM and expand on how each term is used in practice.

Course Date & Time

November 29, 2022
8:45AM to 4:00PM


8:45AM TO 9:00AM

Check-in and welcome

9:00AM TO 9:15AM

  • Introductions
  • Course overview
  • Agenda

9:15AM TO 10:45AM

  • A brief history of the DSM
  • Critiques of the DSM
  • Using the DSM: Who, Why, How

10:45AM TO 11:00AM


11:00 TO NOON

  • Terminology
  • The path to diagnosis



12:45PM TO 2:00PM

  • Understanding the different sections

2:00PM TO 2:15PM


2:15PM TO 3:30PM

  • Understanding the different sections continued
  • Applications for your practice

3:30PM TO 4:00PM

Course wrap-up

Presenter Information

Lana Bentley MSW, RCSW

Director, Program Strategy

A registered social worker and member of the clinical registry, Lana is YW Calgary’s Director of Program Strategy. Prior to joining YW, Lana worked with Alberta Health Services where she spent most of her time in eating disorders and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy before going on to manage the psychiatric inpatient unit and psychiatric emergency room at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

Lana has been a part-time faculty member at Mount Royal University for over ten years, and more recently began teaching at the University of Calgary. Lana is the President of the SHARP Foundation board of directors and volunteers as a Public Member of the Alberta College and Association of Opticians.

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Course Completion & Evaluation

In order to receive ACE credits, participants must attend the full course, partial credits are not provided. Certificates of completion are emailed to participants within five business days of YWCE receiving their completed course evaluation.

Course evaluations will be emailed to participants who complete the course. The evaluations can be completed online. You will have up to three business days to complete the surveys.


Course registrations cancelled five or more business days prior to the course are refundable less a 25% administration fee. Unfortunately, cancellations with less than five business days’ notice are not refundable.

You are welcome to transfer your registration to another person with at least two business days’ notice. Should you wish to transfer your registration please email Be sure to provide the workshop name and date, your name, and the name and contact information of the person who will be attending in your place.

Course cancellation

Please note that if the advertised course instructor is unavailable, we reserve the right to assign another member of our team to deliver the course.

In the event that we need to cancel the course due to unforeseen and/or extenuating circumstances, we will honor registration and reschedule the course for another date. In the event that you are unable to attend on the new date, a full refund will be offered.


YW Hub | 1715 17 Ave. SE, Calgary, AB

Continuing education approval

Continuing education credits:

This course is recognized by:

  • Association of Social Work Boards, Approved Continuing Education Program
    • Alberta College of Social Workers (5 credits)