DC:0-5 Training for Clinicians

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Professional Development

The DC:0–5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood is the developmentally-based system for diagnosing mental health and developmental disorders in

infants and toddlers. 


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 of the first years of life

that are not addressed in other classification systems, and by pointing

the way to effective intervention approaches.

Upcoming Trainings

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This official, comprehensive training on DC:0-5™ is designed to provide clinicians with hands-on knowledge of the application and approach of DC:0-5™. This training provides history and background around the need and development of a specialized diagnostic classification system for infancy and early childhood, and approaches in diagnosis from an Infant Mental Health perspective which is developmentally informed, relationship based, contextual and culturally competent. Participants will learn about the multi-axial approach to diagnosis as well understanding the contents of each axis including Axis I clinical disorders, and will apply knowledge through case based examples and facilitated discussions.

The DC: 0-5TM manual is required for this training. Participants will be provided with additional handouts.


  • History of development of DC:0-5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood and its foundations in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.

  • DC:0-5™ Approach to Diagnosis

  • Axis III – Physical Conditions and Considerations

  • Axis IV – Psychosocial Stressors

  • Axis V – Developmental Competence

  • Cultural Formulation for Use in Infancy and Toddlerhood

  • Axis II – Relational Context

  • Axis I – Clinical Disorders (overview of all diagnostic categories and their respective disorders highlighting several of the newest disorders)

  • Relationship of DC:0-5™ with DSM-5 and ICD-10


This training is designed for clinicians from the fields of mental health, health, early intervention and related advanced practitioners, who are responsible for supporting diagnosis of infants and young children. 

Endorsement Competencies

This training can be utilized when applying for Infant Mental Health Endorsement®.

Continuing Education Credits are available.