Students will learn to develop diagnostic skills utilizing standard diagnostic nomenclature and treatment strategies, becoming more familiar with differential diagnosing, and therapeutic models. The social work imperative of considering person-in-environment is infused throughout. Multicultural and ethical components are also integrated. The course will provide students with knowledge of the major categories of diagnoses for adults as formulated in DSM-5 and of theoretical perspectives in those categories. Attention is given to the dynamics of development and culture, and to the interrelationship among biological, psychological, and social/cultural systems that impact diagnosis. The focus will be on utilizing these elements in order to provide a comprehensive bio-psycho-social assessment. Treatments specifically related to these diagnoses will be noted.