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DC:0–5™ — Coming in December 2016

Apr 27, 2016

DC:0–5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood is designed to help professionals in mental health and other/related fields.

Developmentally Based Diagnosis

DC:0–5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood captures new findings relevant to diagnosis in young children and addresses unresolved issues in the field since DC:0–3R was published in 2005. DC:0–5™ is designed to help professionals in mental health and other/related fields:

  • Recognize mental health and developmental challenges in infants and children from birth through 5 years old

  • Understand that relationships and psychosocial stressors contribute to mental health and developmental disorders, and incorporate contextual factors into the diagnostic process

  • Use diagnostic criteria effectively for classification, case formulation, and intervention

  • Facilitate research on mental health disorders in infants and young children

Available in December, 2016, from the ZERO TO THREE Bookstore.

DC:0–5™ enhances the professional’s ability to prevent, diagnose, and treat mental health problems in the earliest years by identifying and describing disorders not addressed in other classification systems and by pointing the way to effective intervention approaches.

Individuals across disciplines—mental health clinicians, counselors, physicians, nurses, early interventionists, social workers, and researchers—will find DC:0-5™ to be an essential guide to evaluation and treatment planning with infants, young children, and their families, in a wide range of settings.

What’s New in DC:0–5™?

  • Includes disorders occurring in children from birth through 5 years old

  • Criteria extended to younger ages when appropriate, including, in some cases, to the first year of life

  • Introduces discussion of several new disorders, including:

    • Relationship-Specific Disorder of Early Childhood
    • Dysregulated Anger and Aggression Disorder of Early Childhood
    • Atypical Social-Communication Emergent Neurodevelopmental Disorder
  • Retains the multi-axial system, allowing optimal consideration of context in assessment and diagnosis; most axes revised substantially

Explore more from DC:0–5™ Manual and Training – Coming Soon