Extended day training on DC: Zero-to-Five

This extended day comprehensive training on the DC:0-5 Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood targets clinicians and leaders from fields of mental health, health and early intervention.  


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What does the training cover?

This training provides history and background around the need and development of a specialized diagnostic classification system for infancy and early childhood, approaches in diagnosis from an Infant/Early Childhood 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 as understanding the contents of each axis including Axis I clinical disorders.

This extended day format allows clinicians to have in-depth knowledge of the approach and content of DC:0-5 and to practice application of this new nosology with the support of peers and Expert Faculty through activities and case examples which support their use of the many tools included in DC:0-5.

This training meets the requirement to be recognized as an Infant Mental Health Therapist in the state of Arkansas.


  • Examine how key concepts and definitions of infant and early childhood mental Toddler health align with the design and development of DC:0-5
  • Learn how diagnosis is informed by comprehensive, ongoing clinical assessment and contributes to clinical formulation.
  • Learn about the multiaxial system used in DC:0-5.
  • Learn the approach to Relational Context through Axis II and become familiar with tools to examine Caregiver Dimensions, Contributions of the Infant/Young Child to the Relationship and Caregiving Environment Dimensions (family focus).
  • Understand the importance of considering physical conditions and both direct and indirect effects of physical conditions on emotions, behaviors and family dynamics.
  • Become familiar with categories of psychosocial stressors and the notion of cumulative risk.
  • Understand the importance of describing the infant/young child’s developmental competence as well as areas of deficit and unevenness among developmental domains.


Name and Qualifications of Presenter(s):

Janelle von Storch, MA, LPC – Janelle is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience in the field of mental health. She is a therapist and speaker who in private practice at Arkansas Families First, a full service outpatient clinic that provides services for children, adolescents and their families. Janelle has worked in a variety of settings including residential, outpatient and private practice.

Kim Whitman, MA, LCSW – Kim is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 18 years of experience in the field of mental health.  She attended and graduate from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2002.  Ms. Whitman is the Early Childhood Coordinator for Mid-South Health Systems and serves as the Program Coordinator for Project PLAY (Positive Learning for Arkansas Youngest), a program that matches early childhood mental consultants with early care and education providers in Arkansas.

Course Details:

Cost: $100 ($75 to register and hold your spot)

Date & Time: March 16, 2020, 8:30am to 7:00pm

Location: Pediatrics Plus - 1900 Camp Aldersgate Rd, Little Rock, AR 72205

Materials: Please purchase and bring a DC: Zero-to-Five Manual


CE Credits:

CE credits will be awarded for those participants who complete the entire extended day training and course evaluation forms.

CE certificates are available to Psychologists, Psychological Examiners, Licensed Professional Counselors, Marital and Family Therapists and Licensed Social Workers.  This activity meets the requirement for 8 clock hours.

GetTherapy has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.7017. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified identified. GetTherapy is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 


Provider Contact Information:

For more information contact:


Arkansas Therapist Connection, Inc.

4004 McCain Blvd, Suite 203

North Little Rock, AR 72116




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