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Everything you need to know about how to use the DSM in writing right diagnoses

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In "Making Sense of the DSM"

you will:


Discover the major philosophical changes to the diagnostic process in the DSM5 + DSM5-TR

The publication of the 5th DSM in 2013 cracked open the way we diagnosed mental disorders. It's important to know these changes and WHY they were changed.


Learn the core elements in creating a diagnosis

Learn to identify the essential elements and specifications of each diagnosis by utlizing fundamental questions. 


Examine the assessment tools introduced in the DSM5 and how to use them.

The DSM5 included several assessment tools, free to use, that can help us create accurate diagnoses. Come see how they can be tools for you. 


Practice diagnosis using the DSM through numerous clinical vignettes

Theory is one thing, but seeing it in action and working with the material in real time to create a diagnosis is just the practice you need to bring the training content to life.

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Making Sense of the DSM gives you what you need to use this vital book in your practice.    

Maybe you've thought, "I'm just going to use the part of the book that I know and leave the rest." 

Or maybe: "I know how to diagnose. I don't really need this book."

Either way, Making Sense of the DSM is going to ensure you see the book in a new helpful light.

After training in Making Sense of the DSM, you will be armed with: 

  • A renewed understanding of the DSM's purpose and how to use it in your practice.
  • A battery of assessment tools to find the needed information to get to the right diagnosis.
  • Immediately applicable differential diagnosis tools.

A Note From Dr. Jenn...

Hello fellow clinician! I'm glad you are here.

Like many of you, I've enjoyed reading the DSM cover to cover...wait, what? You haven't read the entire DSM? Just me? Oh. Well, don't judge my social life. But hey, you should read the whole thing, it's fascinating! No, really. It's also straight facts that most of us don't use the majority of the book. So much rich information right there for us to use, and we ignore it! 

Don't be that person, read the book! Okay, I get it. You have no time to read the book cover to cover. Well lucky for you, because that is precisely why I created this you wouldn't have to spend all your time reading. I've done that for you, so you can learn what you need to know and then get to work applying it in your daily practice.

I'm delighted you found it. Let's get you ready to tackle the DSM!

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  • a place where you can take trainings when you want, where you want, and how you want. You direct the learning.
  • learning clear, specific tools and strategies to use in your very next sessions.
  • gaining access to a pool of resources, including multiple ways to engage with the actual trainer and a community of clinicians like you.



Where training and supervision MEET.

What's Included


1) 6 hours of video content packed with immediately applicable skills

Watch it whenever you want, wherever you want, and at whatever pace you learn best. Want to view it again later? No problem, access it anytime.

2) Downloadable resources and discounts to other trainings in the assessment training series

Resources galore. You get downloadable slides of the content, book recommendations, and a list of videos to keep the learning going once the training ends.

3) Invitation to access and engage with the instructor and an online community of clinicians

Here is where The Rose Center shines. After the training, you have the opportunity to join an online community of clinicians who have also been trained AND access to meetups and formal supervision with your instructor. Keep the conversation going fo as long as you like.

The Result? 


A perfect blend of convenience and community, with immediately applicable tools + useful skills. 


You get the ease of controlling how you absorb the information with the support of connecting with other clinicians and instructors. That's the best of in-person and distance learning all in one place.

The Result? 

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How do I know if I'm ready?

Perfect for you if:

  • You want trainings that are easy to access AND give useful content.
  • You want your next steps strategically planned with clear engagement.
  • You're overwhelmed by doing this on your own and wish you had someone to bounce off ideas.
  • You have a lot of questions and need somewhere to get them answered.
  • You want to strengthen your clinical skills and watch your career soar.

Not for you if:

  • You already know everything you need in your career. 
  • You only choose trainings if they are free and offered at your job.
  • You can't invest in yourself and your success, and don't want to grow your career.
  • You don't care about the quality of the training, and want one you can skip to the end and get easy credits.
  • You want to keep procrastinating, being unproductive and staying at your current skill level.
I'm Ready

Let's take a look at what's inside

Module 1: History of the DSM

How did it all begin and how did we get here to our current manual? We'd love to tell you.

Module 2: Changes in the DSM5 and DSM5-TR

Ooodles of changes in the DSM5 that caused a bit of panic and confusion to clinicians. Learn why and judge for yourself whether it is better.

Module 3: Criticisms

Not everyone loves the changes. Hear the loudest complaints that leave some lukewarm about the DSM.

Module 4: Orientation of the Manual

How is the book organized? Examining what is in each chapter allows you to find important information quickly.

Module 5: Core Elements of Diagnosis

Know the essential elements in a diagnosis? Are you sure? Maybe you should take this module just to be sure.

Module 6: Practice

You know what they say, practice makes perfect. Let's spend some time diagnosing cases so you can see these principles at play.

Wait, what's included again?


Six Hours of Content

You choose when, where, and how to absorb the material. You also have a choices in how you pay. 


Downloadable Resources

Slides, book lists, video recommendations!


Access to Engage

Community of clinicians and access to SUPERVISION!


Here's What Others Are Saying...

“Dr [Jenn's] sense of humor and engaging warmth made this topic embraceable, engaging and encouraging.

“Very informative & helpful to see differences between [manuals]. Instructor was awesome, very personable and very well-informed on the DSM.

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Making Sense of the DSM is ready for you. 

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Making Sense of the DSM


6 hours without CEC/CEUs

  • 6 Hours of Content Videos
  • Handouts to download including all slides and links to film clips
  • Recommended Reading List
  • Access to Online Community for Q&A
  • Automatic Certificate of Completion

Making Sense of the DSM


6 hours WITH CEC/CEUs

  • 6 Hours of Content Videos
  • Handouts to download including all slides and links to film clips
  • Recommended Reading List
  • Access to Online Community for Q&A
  • Automatic Certificate of Completion WITH Continuing Education Credit: 6 hours approved by NASW

OR Buy The Assessment Series



 You get:

  • The Clinical Interview (6 hours)
  • The Art of Diagnosis (10 hours)
  • Making Sense of the DSM (6 hours)
  • Automatic Certificate of Completion WITH Continuing Education Credit: 22 hours approved by NASW


Yes! A 100% Money Back Guarantee

This product has a 30 day money back guarantee IF you only work through the initial introductory module of this course and are not completely satisfied we will refund your money. ** Refunds must be requested in writing within this refund period.

Commonly Asked Questions