Mental Health Training 001

Comprehensive training on DC:0-5 targeting advanced clinicians from fields of mental health, health, and early intervention who are responsible for diagnosis.

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. Course will be an extended-day format that will be via a virtual platform.

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.


Dates and times:  

  • 8/21   9am-12pm
  • 8/26   9am-12pm
  • 8/28    9am-11am

Virtual (Zoom).
Once registered, you will receive the zoom link prior to the training

Participants are required to purchase a copy of the DC:0-5 manual to use for the training.

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Marian E. Williams, PhD
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
University of Southern California and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Marian Williams is a licensed psychologist specializing in infant-family and early childhood mental health and developmental disabilities in children. She is an Expert Faculty member for the ZERO TO THREE Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC:0-5) and is endorsed by the California Center for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health as an Infant Mental Health Specialist and a Reflective Practice Mentor. In her work at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Dr. Williams is Program Area Lead for the Early Childhood Mental Health Program and Co-Director, Interdisciplinary Training for the USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Through these programs, she trains clinicians, interns, and fellows in infant-family mental health interventions, including relationship-based treatment for vulnerable families whose newborns are experiencing hospitalization or stressful medical procedures. She also conducts research on early identification of autism and other developmental disabilities, and improving access to care.

Participants will learn the following:

  • Understand the background and benefits of the diagnostic classification of mental health and developmental disorders of infancy and early childhood (DC:0-3 through DC:0-5) to improve services to vulnerable children including infants and young children in foster care.
  • Examine how key concepts and definitions of infant and early childhood mental health align with the design and development of DC: 0-5.
  • Understand the importance of relational, developmental and contextual approach to diagnosis and diagnostic formulation.
  • 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.
  • Explore cultural considerations and use of the Cultural Formulation for Use with Infants and Toddlers Table included in DC: 0-5.
  • Become familiar with Clinical Disorders included in DC: 0-5™, with special focus on new disorders.
  • Examine the relationship between the three major nosologies: DC: 0-5, DSM-5 and ICD-10.


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Continuing Education Credit: 

Up to 8.5 CEUs for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs

Para Los Niños (Provider #1000042) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs. Para Los Niños maintains responsibility for this program / course and its content.  Course meets the qualifications for 8.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and /or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  NO CREDIT FOR PARTIAL ATTENDANCE.  Attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance via email once course evaluation and post-test is received, at the completion of the workshop.

If you would like to receive CEUs, register and email with your full name and license number as soon as possible.

Cancellations and Refunds

Requests for refunds must be made in writing to Para Los Ninos via email to Requests must be received one week prior to workshop date in order to receive refund. There is a $10 administrative fee for refunds. There are no discounts for partial attendance.