Using DSM-5 and ICF Tools to Understand Client Cultural and Environmental Perspectives

Using DSM-5 and ICF Tools to Understand Client Cultural and Environmental Perspectives

4 CE Clock Hours

$100 List Price
$60 Savings Plan Member Price

This course is intended to address the importance of incorporating the client’s perspective of the culture and society and its impact on daily living. Instruments that help clarify these factors are presented.


When evaluating a new client, client information is heavily focused on the presenting problem. This problem is typically an area of importance to the individual and a central element in the planning process.

The individual’s personal definition of the problem and its place within the context of his or her daily life may affect the development of a workable plan of services, too.

Instruments that help clarify these factors are presented and form a structured interview guide to aid in the selection of appropriate questions. These instruments are taken from the assessment tools incorporated into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.; DSM-5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013) and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF; World Health Organization).

You’ll use these instruments as you complete the learning activities in this course. These learning activities are designed to help you apply the content presented in the course and identify ways you can enhance your plan development process. Feedback is provided for each learning activity.



Raymond C. Ortega, EdD, CRC, LPC   (click here for Dr. Ortega's bio)

William E. Garner, RhD, CRC, LPC   (click here for Dr. Garner's bio)


Knowledge Checks are also included. When you submit your answers to these questions, you’ll immediately receive feedback. You must achieve a minimum performance level of 70% (9 of 12 questions correctly answered) to successfully complete the courseOnce the knowledge check quizzes have been successfully completed, CE credit will be awarded.



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