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DC:0–5™ Training Offerings

ZERO TO THREE is the only official source of training for DC:0-5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC:0-5).

The curricula have been designed to meet the needs and interests of multiple audiences through a variety of modalities consistent with the content and approach of DC:0-5.

Currently there are four main categories of Official DC:0-5 Training Offerings:

  • Official DC:0-5 Clinical Training Institutes
  • DC:0-5 Seminars/Overview Trainings
  • DC:0-5 Faculty Teaching Resource
  • DC:0-5 Training of Trainers

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Official DC:0-5 Clinical Training Institutes

Comprehensive training on DC:0-5 targeting advanced clinicians from fields of mental health, health, and early intervention who are responsible for diagnosis. These institutes are available in extended-day (full-day session plus 2-hour evening session on same day) or 2-day formats.

Attendees will learn about the multi-axial approach to diagnosis, an approach which is developmentally informed, relationship-based, contextually and culturally grounded. Understand the contents of each axis, including Axis I: Clinical Disorders. Participants may have the opportunity to participate in one Community of Learners call following the training, for peer-to-peer support, facilitated by ZERO TO THREE staff.

Designed for advanced practitioners such as mental health clinicians, psychiatrists, pediatricians, nurse practitioners, and early intervention specialists whose work with infants, young children, and their families involves assessment, diagnosis, and case formulation. ZERO TO THREE is the only official training provider for DC:0–5.

Continuing Education credits (CEs) are available for ZERO TO THREE training programs.

Delivered by ZERO TO THREE Expert Faculty

  • Highly qualified—with strong clinical skills and training experience
  • Multidisciplinary and transcultural—from the U.S. and around the world
  • The only ZERO TO THREE-endorsed faculty, trained by the DC:0–3R Revision Task Force

Topics include:

  • Changes from DC:0–3R to DC:0–5™
  • Definitions of key concepts in infant and early childhood mental health as they relate to diagnostic formulation and approaches.
  • A review of the multi-axial framework
  • Approaches to infant and early childhood assessment and diagnosis (developmentally appropriate, relational and family-focused, contextually grounded, culturally competent, and strengths-based).
  • A thorough review of:
    • Axis I—Clinical Disorders
    • Axis II—Relational Context
    • Axis III—Physical Health Conditions and Considerations
    • Axis IV—Psychosocial Stressors
    • Axis V—Developmental Competence
    • Understanding DC:0–5 in relation to other classifications such as ICD-10 and DSM-5.

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DC:0-5 Seminars/Overview Trainings

ZERO TO THREE offers information about the development and use of DC:0-5™ through less-intense one- to two-hour workshops or webinars, half-day trainings or full-day overviews. These overview trainings can be targeted for clinicians or other providers involved in infant and early childhood services, and can be tailored to specific audiences or topic concentrations within the content of DC:0-5. Pricing will vary depending on the mode of training and training time.

Seminars can include overviews on the content and approach of DC:0-5, tailored to a multi-disciplinary group or to more specific providers of infant and early childhood services. Seminars can also address more targeted topics such as focusing on specific axes, more in depth coverage of specific disorders, exploring the Cultural Formulation for Use in Infancy and Toddlerhood table, or providing detailed seminars on specific disorders or disorder categories.

DC:0-5 Faculty Teaching Resource

This training resource is designed for college/university and Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) certificate program faculty to use in classroom coursework (i.e., infant and toddler mental health, disorders of childhood, assessment and diagnosis, etc.) The teaching resource consists of a Faculty Guide which serves as a companion to a PowerPoint slide set with notes describing such topics as development of a diagnostic classification system for infancy/early childhood; infant mental health, approaches to diagnosis, the importance of context (Axes III, IV and V and Cultural Outline), Axis II Relational Context and Axis I Clinical Disorders.

The content of the Faculty Teaching Resource includes six modules:

  • History and development of DC:0-5
  • Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
  • DC:0-5 Approach to Diagnostic Formulation
  • The Multiaxial Approach- review of Axis III (Physical Conditions and Considerations), Axis IV (Psychosocial Stressors), Axis V (Developmental Competence) and Cultural Context
  • Axis II- Relational Context
  • Axis I- Clinical Disorders

Note: This resource can ONLY be purchased by higher education faculty for use in classroom instruction. Please complete our request form in order to facilitate approval.

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